Canon PowerShot S300 Review

The PowerShot S300 Digital ELPH is Canon’s second ultra-compact digital camera, following the PowerShot S100 Digital ELPH. In addition to its high-resolution and retractable 3x zoom lens, the S300 includes a number of new and improved features, such as direct printing capabilities from the new Canon Card Photo Printer CP-10; 20 frame-per-second movie clips with audio at selectable resolutions up to 640480 pixels; shutter speeds ranging from 1 second to 1/1500 seconds; an adaptive primary color filter for improved color reproduction; a choice of nine image quality modes; and automatic exposure sensitivity adjustment (for a variety of situations

PowerShot S300 cameras have a new digital signal processing integrated circuit (DSPI) that allows for high-speed picture processing and data transfer over the cameras’ USB ports. A Direct Print mode on the PowerShot S300 makes use of this capability by allowing users to print hard-copy photographs using Canon’s new CP-10 dye-sublimation printer, which is included with the camera. Because the camera’s LCD panel allows users to manage all print settings directly from the camera, printing from digital files is both straightforward and enjoyable with the CP-10.

Canon PowerShot S300

The data from the printer is then sent directly to the CP-10 using a special interface wire that is provided. Beautiful 300 x 300 dpi credit card-sized color prints are produced by the new, ultra-compact printer in as little as 56 seconds using the printer’s high-resolution printing technology. On one sticker sheet of eight tiny reproductions of the same image, the CP-10 may be utilized to create a whole new level of entertainment for everyone who utilizes it. Each sticker has a size of roughly 0.9′′ x 0.7′′ in diameter.

It is possible to record video clips with audio at a rate of 20 frames per second with the Canon PowerShot S300 is one of three resolution modes: 640480, 320240, or 160120 pixels. PowerShot S300 movie clips are stored as QuickTime AVI files, with the picture data saved in the Motion JPEG format and the sound data saved in the WAVE format, and the video data saved in the Motion JPEG format.

It is possible to watch the video section of the PowerShot S300 movies on the LCD monitor included inside the camera. Using a connected TV monitor or a compatible PC, you may enjoy full audio-video playback when the download is complete. The supplied software for the PowerShot S300 allows you to edit, store, and send movie clips to others through e-mail after they have been downloaded.

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The PowerShot S300 has an exquisite stainless-steel body design that is based on the successful PowerShot S100. However, the S300 has a new 3X (equal to 35-105mm in the 35mm format) f/2.7-4.7 lens with aspherical lens elements that are comparable to 35-105mm in the 35mm format. The PowerShot S300’s physical dimensions and weight are somewhat greater than those of the S100, at 3.7 x 2.5 x 1.2 inches and 8.5 ounces, respectively, but it is still the world’s smallest 2.1-megapixel digital camera with a 3X zoom lens, according to Canon.

The Digital ELPH is equipped with a 0.37-inch, 2.1-megapixel CCD sensor that can capture full-color or black-and-white photographs with a resolution of up to 16001200 pixels when the camera is switched to the Large mode. When the camera is in the Middle or Small modes, it also provides extra resolutions of 1024768 and 640480, which are perfect for on-screen applications such as Web sites and CD-ROMs and enable more photographs to be captured on a single CompactFlash memory card. A CompactFlash card of 8MB capacity will be included with the purchase of the new camera, which is compatible with Type I CompactFlash cards.

In addition to ArcSoft PhotoImpression and VideoImpression software, the PowerShot S300 comes with Apple QuickTime 4.1, Canon RemoteCapture 1.3, and PhotoStitch 3.1 software for both Macintosh and Windows, as well as Canon ZoomBrowser EX 2.6, PhotoRecord 1.2, WIA and TWAIN software for Windows, and ImageBrowser 1.6 and a Photoshop-compatible plug-in software for the Mac.

The PowerShot S Included in both ZoomBrowser EX 2.6 and ImageBrowser 1.6 are TimeTunnel and SlideShowMaker, which may be used to create slideshows of images. In ZoomBrowser EX 2.6 and ImageBrowser 1.6, customers have access to enhanced capabilities such as auto-layout printing, full-screen slide shows that run automatically, and automated processing of photos for use as e-mail attachments. ZoomBrowser EX and Image Browser streamlines the process of emailing images by automatically compressing the image and launching the email software when the photo is sent.

Canon PowerShot S300 (Digital IXUS 300) Specs

Body typeUltracompact
Max resolution1600 x 1200
Other resolutions1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3
Effective pixels2 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors2 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.7″ (5.312 x 3.984 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceNo
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuper-Fine, Fine, Normal
Focal length (equiv.)35–105 mm
Optical zoom
Maximum apertureF2.7–4.7
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaSingleLive View
Digital zoomYes (2.5 x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range76 cm (29.92″)
Macro focus range16 cm (6.3″)
Number of focus points3
Screen size1.5″
Touch screenNo
Live viewNo
Viewfinder typeOptical (tunnel)
Minimum shutter speed1 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1500 sec
Aperture priorityNo
Shutter priorityNo
Built-in flashYes
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off
Continuous drive2.5 fps
Self-timerYes (10 sec)
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Resolutions20 fps, max 5/20/30 sec, audio
Storage typesCompact Flash (Type I)
Storage included8 MB CompactFlash
USBUSB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionCanon NB-L1 680 mAh Lithium-Ion
Weight (inc. batteries)270 g (0.60 lb / 9.52 oz)
Dimensions95 x 63 x 30 mm (3.74 x 2.48 x 1.18″)
Orientation sensorNo
Timelapse recordingNo

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