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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 as well as full HD 1080p video in a small, portable package.

It is the combination of the sensor and processor that produces the Canon High Sensitivity System (HS SYSTEM), which helps to improve low-light photography capabilities by increasing the effective sensitivity levels while also 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 a variety of 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.

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

An additional 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, as well as a dedicated Mobile Device Connect Button, the process of connecting and sharing is made easier than ever before! It is also possible to operate and release the camera’s shutter from mobile devices once they are connected.

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Structure and Specifications

When you take into account the Elph 340 HS’s 12x (25-300mm f/3.6-7) zoom lens, the camera is very compact. It has a height, width, and depth (HWD) of only 2.3, 3.9, and 0.9 inches, and it weighs 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 own good. It is difficult to find a camera that is smaller while still being usable.

Because of its point-and-shoot design, there isn’t a great deal of need for manual controls, 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-weightedSpot
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. The 340 HS can only fire its rounds at a rate of 1.6 frames per second, so the burst rate is a little bit 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.

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Pros & Cons

Good For
  • 461k dots LCD Resolution
  • Integrated wireless technology (Wi-fi)
  • Connectivity through NFC
  • Image Stabilization
  • HD Video
  • Putting a Focus on Face Detection
Need Improvements
  • Only ISO 3,200 for its maximum sensitivity.
  • Lack of a Screen That Articulates
  • There is not external flash shoe.
  • A Lack of a Touch Screen
  • No Built-in Viewfinder
  • No shooting in RAW format



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