Finding a camera to fit your budget and needs isn’t getting any easier. There are a lot of choices and that’s only part of the problem – it’s difficult to find the camera to fit your budget. To add to their expanse of cameras in every category, Canon launched the Digital IXUS 300 HS, which belongs to the portable and style-oriented family of cameras.
The Canon Digital IXUS 300 HS uses a 10 MP CMOS sensor and a 3.8x zoom lens, which is pretty standard stuff. It’s just a little odd to see the megapixel count being lowered. The ISO sensitivity ranges from 125 to 3200 with decent increments which is a good range to work with. In addition to that, Canon claims its HS system should allow low light photography without the need of a tripod and with little noise in the images. We’ll see how well that works. The rest of the specifications are the standard ones found on most of the other cameras in this range.
Design and Build Quality :
The first thing that strikes you about the IXUS 300 HS is its build. It’s very sturdy with the majority of the body built with a matte finish which ensures that it won’t slip out of your hands and it doesn’t attract fingerprints either. There are hardly any glossy plastic panels on the camera except for the buttons and the panels covering the USB and HDMI connectors. The design itself is very stylish, sleek and resembles the form factor of other IXUS cameras. This one has more than its fair share of curves. The 3.8x optical zoom lens fits well into the small body.
Being so compact means there is no large dial to choose shooting modes. A slider on the top allows you to select between movie, picture and auto shooting modes. The playback button is a separate button altogether. Aperture and shutter priority controls are also available, but there are no manual focus controls. Canon has manual focus on some of its IXUS models but this one doesn’t, which isn’t great since this is a very expensive camera. The rest of the profile settings are also available in the Program shooting mode.
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