Canon PowerShot 340 HS Review

Canon PowerShot 340 HS Review

With a 16 MP high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 4+ image processor, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera produces high-resolution still images and full HD 1080p video in a small, portable package.

The sensor and processor combination produces the Canon High Sensitivity System (HS SYSTEM), which helps improve low-light photography capabilities by increasing adequate sensitivity levels and lowering apparent noise for cleaner, sharper pictures.

Integrated optical zoom lens with a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 25-300mm covers a wide range of shooting situations from wide-angle to telephoto views, making it ideal for use in various photography situations.

Working in low-light conditions and with longer focal lengths is made easier with Intelligent IS image stabilization, which minimizes the appearance of a camera shake based on eight different detected shooting styles.

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Last update was on: May 28, 2023 8:54 pm

Intelligent IS image stabilization is available for both DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Furthermore, various shooting modes enhance image creation by allowing for greater creative expression while ensuring accurate, consistent exposures regardless of the shooting environment.

Another feature of the camera that complements its photography capabilities is built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, which enables the rapid transmission of photographs and movies to other connected mobile devices and home computers, as well as to selected social networking sites.

Using NFC technology and a dedicated Mobile Device Connect Button, the process of connecting and sharing is made more accessible than ever before! In addition, it is also possible to operate and release the camera’s shutter from mobile devices once connected.

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Structure and Specifications

The camera is very compact when you consider the Elph 340 HS’s 12x (25-300mm f/3.6-7) zoom lens. It has a height, width, and depth (HWD) of only 2.3, 3.9, and 0.9 inches, weighing only 5.2 ounces.

It is available in black, silver, and purple from Canon. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80, which measures 2.1 by 3.8 by 0.9 inches and weighs 4.4 ounces, trims a little bit of space and weight, and it comes dangerously close to being perhaps a touch too compact for its good. But, on the other hand, it isn’t easy to find a more miniature camera while still usable.

Because of its point-and-shoot design, manual controls are unnecessary, so the Elph 340 HS was easy for me to operate, and I could slip it into the pocket of my shirt with little problem.

Canon PowerShot 340 HS Specs

Body typeUltracompact
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions3264 x 2448, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480, 4608 x 2592, 3264 x 1832, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360, 4608 x 3072, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1368, 640 x 424, 3456 x 3456, 2448 x 2448, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 4+
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, Fine
Focal length (equiv.)25–300 mm
Optical zoom12×
Maximum apertureF3.6–7
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSingleContinuousFace Detection
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39″)
Number of focus points9
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots461,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Aperture priorityNo
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeNo
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash Range4.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Continuous drive3.9 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weighted spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Resolutions1920 x 1280 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless notes802.11 b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionRechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11LH
Battery Life (CIPA)190
Weight (inc. batteries)147 g (0.32 lb / 5.19 oz)
Dimensions100 x 58 x 22 mm (3.93 x 2.27 x 0.88″)
Orientation sensorYes


A photo may be started and captured with the Elph 340 HS in roughly 1.7 seconds, and the camera can focus and fire in as little as 0.05 seconds. However, the 340 HS can only fire its rounds at 1.6 frames per second, so the burst rate is slightly slow.

The Elph 330 HS from Canon takes somewhat longer to start up (1.8 seconds) and focus (0.15 seconds), but it performs marginally better in continuous mode due to its higher capture rate of 2 frames per second.

Canon PowerShot 340 HS Price

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Canon PowerShot 340 HS FAQs

When did the Canon PowerShot 340 HS come out?

The Canon PowerShot 340 HS was introduced in the year 2014.

What is the price of Canon PowerShot 340 HS?

There is a possibility that the price of a Canon PowerShot 340 HS will change from one merchant to another and from one location to another. Therefore, verifying with local retailers to obtain current pricing information is recommended.

Is a Canon PowerShot 340 HSa professional camera?

The Canon PowerShot 340 HS is not considered a professional camera but a decent choice for newcomers or casual photographers.

Is Canon PowerShot 340 HS suitable for wildlife photography?

Because of its restricted magnification range and comparatively modest sensor size, the Canon PowerShot 340 HS is probably not the best choice for taking photographs of wild animals.

Consider investing in a camera with a large sensor and a telescopic lens for improved results when photographing wildlife. One model of camera manufactured by Canon that is a good illustration of one better suitable for photographing wildlife is the PowerShot SX70 HS.

How do you blur the background on a Canon PowerShot 340 HS?

You can accomplish a shallow depth of field on your Canon PowerShot 340 HS by using the camera’s Aperture Priority mode.

This mode enables you to adjust the aperture to a low f-number (for example, f/2.8), allowing you to blur the background of your photos. Unfortunately, you can also use the camera’s Portraitcan used, which will automatically obscure the experience to some degree.



Joseph is a talented photographer and videographer based in the USA, with a thriving career as a freelance creative. Over the past several years, he has had the privilege of working with renowned brands, capturing captivating images and videos. His portfolio encompasses a diverse range of subjects, specializing in fashion, portrait, and lifestyle content creation. From editorial shoots to engaging social media videos, Joseph's versatile skills ensure exceptional visual storytelling in every project. Beyond his professional endeavors, he nurtures a personal passion for travel and nature photography, channeling his deep appreciation for the environment into a commitment to sustainability and environmental causes.

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