In the market for a new pocket-sized digital camera? Thinking of purchasing one as a holiday gift? Here’s one to consider. It’s the Canon Power Shot ELPH 300HS, and it’s remarkable. Don’t let the size fool you. This little camera is a beast. It has some of the same features as my full-size DSLR, takes fabulous photos and 1080p HD video, and is smaller than the palm of your hand. The Complete Package got a new one last weekend, and it’s a keeper. That photo above? It’s larger than the actual camera. The real thing is 3.63″ wide by 2.2″ tall and only 0.77″ thick. With the battery and SD card installed, it weighs just under 5 ounces. When I say it’s small and lightweight, I’m not kidding.
Here are some of the features:
12.1 megapixels with high-sensitivity CMOS
24mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom
2.7″ LCD color display
optical image stabilization
high-speed burst function
super slow-motion video function
HS system, Digic 4, Exif Print, SmartAuto and PictBridge
Do I know what all that means? Nope. Does it matter? Not at all. Here’s what I do know. You could put this thing on full auto, take fabulous photos forever and be one happy camper. But if you prefer a more hands-on approach, you can take advantage of the 32 photo functions including aperture and shutter speed priorities, high-speed and slow-motion video with stereo sound, and much more. It also has face recognition, blink recognition, low light sensitivity (without needing the flash) AND it has built-in artistic effects like monochrome, scene modes and a Toy Camera effect. Bottom line – this is an ultra-thin pocket-sized powerhouse. It’s easy to carry, easy to use, and easy to love. Suggested retail price is $249, but you can find it in most electronic stores for $229 and may find it on sale for even less. I think you’ll find you get a lot of bang for your buck.