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Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Full 1080p HD Video (Silver) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Full 1080p HD Video (Silver)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 1194 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 7.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Value5.0   average
Anywhere4.8   average
Outdoor4.8   average
Sharp4.8   average
Simple4.8   average
Fit4.7   average
Portable4.7   average
Stabilization4.7   above average
Quick4.6   average
Size4.6   average
Video4.6   above average
Weight4.6   average
Light4.5   above average
Price4.5   average
Photo4.4   average
Quality4.3   average
Image4.0   average
Zoom3.8   below average
Battery3.7   above average
Design3.7   average
Metal3.7   below average
Macro3.6   below average
Focus3.5   above average
Memory3.5   average
Power3.5   above average
Control3.4   below average
Balance3.3   below average
Shutter3.3   average
Microphone3.1   below average
Noise3.1   average
Lens2.3   below average
Warranty2.3   above average
Cover2.2   average


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Anywhere

Anywhere:
"Other than those Small problems its the best camera for the money anywhere!"
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"The size is perfect--slip it in your pocket and take it anywhere."
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"I am an avid traveler, and for the price I can replace them, and take them anywhere with enough confidence."
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"Wonderful little camera you can take anywhere."
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"Look at the reviews here, look at the reviews pretty much anywhere and you will see its one of the best point and shoot cameras in its price range."
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"You can take it anywhere with and take a bunch of great pictures that can be printed nicely."
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Balance

Balance:
"On the negative side; the white balance is horrid."
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"I am not going to go into a lot of technical details but here are a few things i wanna share:-Pros:- Great quality pictures: even in low light (not at night but low light specially when you dont want flash and pics are dark otherwise)- Excellent wide-angle lens: This means if you are on a beach this lens will capture a major part of ocean :) or you can even use it to capture redwoods- sturdy: have dropped it 2-3 times it still works awesomely (just saying)- lot of preset modes- excellent HD moviesCons:- the bottom is slightly curved so hard to balance for self-timer pics- wide-angle: as weird as it may sound but its true."
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"The auto white balance rarely gets it right, unfortunately."
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"white balance is not accurate."
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"In photos taken in my first week, the colors seemed nicely saturated and the white balance seemed largely on target, although most shots were taken outside."
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"The photos generally have good exposure, focus and color balance."
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"Well, on automatic, the color balance tends to make it appear as if everybody is wearing cake makeup."
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"And the color balance is pretty darn tooting good to boot."
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"But the balance between price features and weight was good for me."
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Battery

Battery:
"The typical plastic cameras or battery doors have always cracked or broken on other similarly priced cameras by this time, and the reason I have replaced the last few."
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"Once I got the camera to turn on once, it would continue turning off and on until the battery was dead."
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"The battery doors on them had a common problem which mine eventually succumbed to, so I decided to trade up for this Canon."
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"The only thing that I guess I would have to complain about, would be that I personally don't like the fact that it has a battery pack."
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"Only downside is it really can go through the battery quick but I have it doing all sorts of trick shots."
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"However, I went to an electronic store and bought a new canon battery just incase that was it, but unfortunately it wasn't."
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"The battery life is good so far, I did purchase a backup that I keep charged and carry around at all times just in case I need to change first battery."
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"It has a good battery life, not having to charge it all the time when I use it regularly."
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"Strong battery life, good video quality and the photos turn out really nice."
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"Easy function navigation and great battery life."
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"The batteries do well for pictures but are sucked dry when shooting video."
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Button

Button:
"The only thing that I dislike about the camera is where the recording button is at."
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"Unfortunately the Macro (or back) button doesn't work right."
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"My 6 year old Canon PowerShot has a slower-than-desired time between pushing the button and taking a photo; and it isn't the best in low-light conditions...so I ordered this one after reading many reviews."
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"The case was a snug fit and I mistakenly pressed the on button with the camera in the case and got a lens error which scared the daylights out of me."
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"It's no big deal to keep this camera on you all the time, slides in and out of pockets fairly easily since the only real protrusion is the zoom toggle, which also acts as a bezel for the shutter button, and it is nicely rounded so it does not catch easily."
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"Unfortunately the Macro (or back) button doesn't work right."
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"Zooms in for close ups, easy movie button for short videos, and flash seems to turn on at right time."
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"- Physical video recording button makes it easy to quickly and easily start and stop filming, especially when pointing the camera at yourself."
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"New cameras all come with touch screens with virtual recording buttons which are clumsy and easy to miss or accidentally press."
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"I love the button layout on the back and I love the slow motion video feature."
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"For its slim, small size it packs a lot of fun effects, good quality photos and a handy instant button for videos (instead of wading through function options).You give up a little with only 5x zoom but the macro photos come out superb."
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Charging

Charging:
"I was turning it on and off the constantly as photo opportunities kept coming up and never had a problem with the battery life ( we weren't able to charge it that much because of the electric inputs they used there and didn't have the right converter )."
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"They considered this damage to the camera and refused to fix it without charging me $140."
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"It has a good battery life, not having to charge it all the time when I use it regularly."
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"I received it in a timely manner intact and put it to good use after charging the battery."
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"For special events, I make sure to bring the charger and it is also efficient with charge time."
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"Battery life is so so...that is, if you are picture happy on a vacation, make sure you charge it everyday...otherwise, it's nice and handy to keep lying around...and then charge it up after every two weeks of light use, just to make sure..."
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Control

Control:
"I wanted a small lightweight camera that I could easily take with me, but I was concerned that the controls would be hard to maneuver."
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"The body was metal, but the battery SD compartment felt cheap and flimsy as did the zoom control ring around the shutter button."
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"Advanced video, and Photo control:There are only two things this camera is missing as far as advanced controls."
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"So, then I got a Sony, which is having problems with the controls."
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"There are more shooting modes than with the old one, and in general more controls and a better, though not great, optical zoom (x5)."
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"The amateur or non-professional of photography will nevertheless love a bit of control with the many predefined shooting situation modes and a few other technicalities it teaches you on the way (such as the AF functions)."
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"I wanted a small lightweight camera that I could easily take with me, but I was concerned that the controls would be hard to maneuver."
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"The controls feel good in my hand."
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"The controls are pretty intuitive if you've had a digital camera before."
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"All the buttons and controls are laid out nicely and easy to use and intuitive."
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Cover

Cover:
"I now sometimes can't zoom in to take a picture (the camera says error - turn back off and on or some such), and I now have to pry the lens cover shut when I turn it off."
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"That's the main problem with these 'external' lenses and lens cover shutter designs."
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"It finally broke now that the lens cover will no longer shut, but it served me well."
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"The problem is that the lens cover can be easily opened when rubbing on the liner of the pocket, which it has to do when going in and out of the pocket."
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"Cons: the lens cover is easily damaged because it is so thin."
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"I've had some problems with the lens cover too."
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"It finally broke now that the lens cover will no longer shut, but it served me well."
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"The problem is that the lens cover can be easily opened when rubbing on the liner of the pocket, which it has to do when going in and out of the pocket."
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"Cons: the lens cover is easily damaged because it is so thin."
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"The, camera was good, but the lens cover bends very easily!"
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"Since the camera is now out of warranty, I opened the camera up, moved the LCD upwards, unscrewed the image sensor, and cleaned the clear plastic that covers the lens with a Q-tip."
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Design

Design:
"This camera has excellent sensor, excellent optics, excellent industrial design, but an absolutely horrible firmware."
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"Either way you slice it, there is an error in their design."
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"How the design team missed this is beyond me."
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"Another problem with this camera is that no where on the body is it designed for you to effectively hold the camera."
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"It takes great pictures, great video, is a pleasure to use and is an example of great industrial design."
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"After then searching specifically for this problem online, I found that some others have experienced the same issue and it appears to be the camera design and not a unique problem with my camera or computer."
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"The small size but big screen make this a pocketable camera, but one that is at the same time easy to use, good screen size and menu design allow for a quick selection of the most important features."
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"I have not used the camera extensively but so far I think its a very nicely designed camera and takes very good pictures."
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"Very nice pictures and it is easy to carry and the design is for any photographer."
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Expectation

Expectation:
"This camera does not meet my expectations and has disappointed me since I got it."
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"If you are custom to any DSLR, this one will fail your expectation instantly."
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"Great value, easy to use, and far better than expectations."
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"It has exceeded my expectations where versatility is concerned plus good quality photos."
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"This camera greatly exceeded my expectations."
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"It has lived up to, and exceeded my expectations."
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"I also didn't want to spend more than $200.This camera has exceeded all my expectations."
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Fit

Fit:
"The thing is no bigger than my phone and credit card it fits in my back pocket without problem and its a great camera! "
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"The zoom on this is not as good as the last but it fits in your pocket and is very handy."
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"I haven't been taking a lot of still images, because I didn't want to pack one of my DSLRs, and carry an extra 5 or 6 lbs, plus the hassle of trying to fit it into an already over stuffed pack(40lbs), and then unpack it quickly, when a deer, or bear or something steps across the trail."
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"I would have gone for the elph 500 but the only draw back was that it is a bigger camera, and doesn't easily fit in a pocket."
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"But I don't need the 230's GPS, don't like it's flash, don't need all that zoom, don't like the lens speed tradeoff you make for that zoom, autofocus seems a bit laggier with that lens, etc -- in short, the Sx230HS wasn't a good fit for me overall, so that extra bit of control was something I had to gave up to get a better overall fit with the 300.A note on the texture of the black model: It's subtle, and I personally like it, makes it feel like a camera."
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"Fits easily in the pocket."
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"Perfect for my small purse and fits great in a pocket and not to heavy to wear on a lanyard."
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"(less impressive in some green-ish scenes but still OK.)- It can be comfortably fit into jeans pocket."
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"This camera takes great pictures and can fit in your pocket with no problem."
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"Great little camera that will fit in you pocket or purse."
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Flash

Flash:
"However, these are very minor disadvantages that can be easily overshadowed by the fact that the flash is not really required in most situations because it can remarkably shoot pictures even in situations with low light."
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"We emailed Canon and tried all of their suggestions, but it seems the flash is dead.....after only 2 months of use."
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"Only problem I have noticed so far is that the flash is in a bad spot and its easy to cover up with your finger when taking a picture."
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"Being very impressed with the low lighting photo's, I decided to avoid using the flash for more than half the photo's..... BIG MISTAKE."
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"(top vs. front)flash - weak and inconsistent (and easy to block with finger at first)shot to shot time when using flashinconsistent metering, compared with other cameras I have usedbarrel distortion at wide angletoo much noise reduction, especially at ISO 400 & up."
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"Other complaints I have are the autofocus speed, barrel distortion with wide angle, inconsistent exposure, weak flash, and horrible lens flare."
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"I think it takes decent photos in low light, without the flash, but it does get slow in low light with or without the flash."
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"However, these are very minor disadvantages that can be easily overshadowed by the fact that the flash is not really required in most situations because it can remarkably shoot pictures even in situations with low light."
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"Honestly, I have no complaints, works fast, flash is great, low light pictures are amazing."
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"Zooms in for close ups, easy movie button for short videos, and flash seems to turn on at right time."
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"It is so easy to handle and the auto flash and focus really help this personwho has no knowledge of photography."
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Focus

Focus:
"Cannot focus well and optical resolution is poor."
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"The macro mode turns out some spectacular images, although it is not always easy to focus on the appropriate object."
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"The focus problem exists whether recording or simply using it as a live monitor feed.6) Dust gets inside the lens and you'll get dark spots on every image, more so when you zoom in."
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"Other complaints I have are the autofocus speed, barrel distortion with wide angle, inconsistent exposure, weak flash, and horrible lens flare."
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"really soft images (focusing problem?"
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"the advertised high-ISO sensitivity was achievable but at expense of very soft focus and blur (slow shutter speed)5. could have been more useful if aperture speed manual program was avaiableIn short, this camera did not meet my expectation."
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"In any other area the Canon excels, with great colors, intelligent focus and all the features of a great pocket camera."
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"- The autofocus system is fairly quick and accurate in normal lighting conditions EXCEPT when filming."
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"For me its been a great camera to have clipped to my belt (in its case), it responds fast when turning it on, focusing and shooting, no annoying delays."
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"It takes great outdoor photos, true to life color, great focus and definition, and it's small, so it fits easily into your pocket."
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"Image focus: excellent."
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Image

Image:
"NOT SATISFIED WITH CLARITY OF PICS EVEN AT THE HIGH RESOLUTION"
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"And I can't speak as well as others regarding photo quality, since the 12 MP is much more than i use, but the time it takes to focus and take the photos is pretty quick, and the zoom works quick, too."
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"This only means that you no longer require excessive megapixels just to attain the spectacular images that you have been looking for with reduced noise plus you will be getting equally remarkable results with the help of 12.1 megapixel ELPH 300 HS."
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"It is so slow to focus that when I can finally take the snap-shot the moment has passed, and I get an unwanted, terrible photo."
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"Bottom line, the Auto mode is inconsistent, but when it chooses correctly, the images are beautiful."
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"The macro mode turns out some spectacular images, although it is not always easy to focus on the appropriate object."
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"Very good image quality."
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"Tracking option by far is the best feature - takes clear pics while moving."
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"The 300HS was a replacement for my legendary SD870, whose photo quality is almost as good as a low end prosumer DLSR."
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"Good video quality, however, poor image quality compared to its processor."
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"doesn't take pics as well as my older elph s200, but i love the size."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"I do not recommend this camera for indoor use at all."
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"A fine camera, but a bit disappointed when using it to film orchestra performances indoors at low light levels."
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"Its just horrible for close up photos with indoor lighting (even in macro mode)."
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"I will keep this camera only because I sold my Kodak 893 - the 893 was great only a bit disappointing indoors."
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"I purchased the camera from another vendor, and I probably took about 10-20 indoor shots before the zoom lens broke."
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"The menu system and slow lens indoor shooting in the Lumix is terrible (in my opinion).Negatives: The lens isn't THAT fast: you'll still have blurry shots of fast-moving kids indoors unless you turn the flash on."
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"This thing has a really wide angle lens which is great for taking pics of indoor spaces but to my girlfriend's dismay it distorts peoples faces especially if they are near the edge of the frame."
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"The screen is easy to see in sunlight, and indoors, I can take many pictures without a flash, which gives them a more natural look."
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"A compact camera that does a great job, with a 5X zoom lens, which is fairly fast at it's wide end (f 2.7) a great wide angle for indoor shots and very good low light performance."
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"For this reviewer, the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 is highly portable, a great camera for happy snaps, and good for general indoor outdoor photography; highly recommended."
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"I like the wide andle for some shots but sometimes it makes close up images a little weird (people have big heads and little feet) This is not usually a problem and can provide cool effects and widen the shot which is good for indoors."
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Lens

Lens:
"The camera functioned well up until 1.5 years when the lens started malfunctioning and I couldn't zoom without the lens getting jammed and shutting the camera off."
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"I now sometimes can't zoom in to take a picture (the camera says error - turn back off and on or some such), and I now have to pry the lens cover shut when I turn it off."
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"That's the main problem with these 'external' lenses and lens cover shutter designs."
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"Cannot get enough of this camera... this is my 4th (gave 2 away for gifts) and the oldest has the usual lens cap leafs not closing well."
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"The camera functioned well up until 1.5 years when the lens started malfunctioning and I couldn't zoom without the lens getting jammed and shutting the camera off."
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"uses all 12 MP extremely well, excellent lens, good auto settings etc."
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"I only use the top high end professional digital SLRs with professional lenses but I have to admit that this little camera does a great job and was sturdyI have a tendency to consider that some items are better when refurbished because manufacturers must go through must stricter quality controls before they re-sell their items."
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"I haven't put it through the ringer yet, and it remains to be seen how long it lasts (dirt often gets in these sliding in-and-out lenses when you turn them on and off), but the quality is great and the high 12.1 MP shots are almost like shooting in RAW."
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"This thing has a really wide angle lens which is great for taking pics of indoor spaces but to my girlfriend's dismay it distorts peoples faces especially if they are near the edge of the frame."
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Light

Light:
"We have captured some great good pics, it is good outdoors but inside the interiors it is not that good unless we have bright light is available."
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"- Low light performance is acceptable but not amazing."
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"I have taken many pictures of paintings and prints inside my house with no light and they are all very good."
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"I am a little disappointed with the low light ability (maybe I am not adjusting something right? )"
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"It serves it's function as a point and shoot camera but am disappointed it doesn't have an image stabilizer for low light shots."
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"Beware of the low light setting, while it takes the best pictures with regards to colors, the picture quality is definitely reduced."
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"I think it takes decent photos in low light, without the flash, but it does get slow in low light with or without the flash."
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"It takes good photos in low light."
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"It takes great pictures in the shade but can't handle back-lighting or very bright light very well."
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"It is so light and easy to carry."
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"The colors are wonderful, it shoots in very low light."
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Macro

Macro:
"Unfortunately the Macro (or back) button doesn't work right."
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"Unfortunately the Macro (or back) button doesn't work right."
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"The macro was the biggest disappointment of them all."
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"Camera keeps switching 'scenes' in Auto mode and it's often choosing incorrectly: a) It tries to do tracking when no tracking is required b) It often fails to detect macro mode2."
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"The only thing ive had problems with is the macro mode."
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"The focus on this camera doesn't seem to be as effective as older models, so trying to shoot macro is a little bothersome because it takes several times for it to find the subject."
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"Macro shots come out very good."
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"My old camera was a great camera for taking macro photos of flowers because was a SLR with a MACRO lens."
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"Second it had to be able to take macro photos."
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"The ELPH 300 will take good macro photos."
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"It doesn't do macro mode as well as my old 2.1 MP Fuji, but I can forgive that."
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Memory

Memory:
"I might buy the Sony with the fixed lens (the one where the cover slides upwards and downwards) to help avoid dust problems.7) The 24 mm (if memory serves) equiv."
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"The only fault I have is it did not come with the memory card."
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"It has a flimsy plastic-hinged door over its battery memory card compartment - it is a matter of time when it breaks."
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"Not so great for video shooting as it fills up the memory fast."
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"Later, I received recall notice from Amazon saying that the memory card manufacturer was experiencing problems with their product storing large files."
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"Battery + Memory Card:This uses the NBL-4 (again, I found confusion on this and accessories) - so if you have some of those laying around keep them as they'll work just fine in this camera."
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"P. P. S. Unless you have a memory card already, you'll need to buy a memory card as well as a spare battery, it doesn't ship with the memory card -- at least, mine didn't."
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"This camera takes great pictures for what I want....capturing memories and sharing on social media."
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"Catching memories of my kids it what I do best."
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"There were some times it was slow on the second shot and i found the display a little small for my middle aged eyes to tell if i was in focus, but most of the shots i took (on auto) were in focus and quite adequate for what i wanted, which was to preserve the memories of my trip."
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Metal

Metal:
"Tried multiple combinations with same results:1.Indoors vs Outdoors2.Auto vs specific ISOs3.Day vs NightGood things to be said are:1.Solid sturdy feel with its all metal construct2.Very fast startupBut this camera fails Canon's reputation and the pic quality is a deal breaker, so please avoid this camera, DO NOT do yourself a disservice by getting this camera."
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"The body was metal, but the battery SD compartment felt cheap and flimsy as did the zoom control ring around the shutter button."
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"The metal around the lens (area where CANON ZOOM LENS 5x IS is printed) and subsequent metal rings are made of very thin metal and are easily damaged if put into your pocket."
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"The body is made out of metal so it's very durable, however the only thing I see as a negative with this camera is that there's no fully manual shooting mode and the black finish."
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"It has a nice metal case as well."
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"I really liked the metal body with a rough finish that allows us to maintain a good grip on the camera."
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"Its grainy metal finish has several advantages."
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"If the camera is set face down on a non-flat surface, or pushed up against something, it could easily tweak the metal lens cover."
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"With a minimal amount of upward pressure, I was able to straighten out the bent section of the metal."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Pictures are OK, not great, the microphone could be better as well."
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"The video feature is nice, easy to use, though the microphone on it isn't great."
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"The only slight negative comment is that the microphone is very sensitive and picks up wind rubbing noises easily."
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"The sound quality isn't great for video, but that is due to the small mic and where it is placed."
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"The HD video is AMAZING, though the mic is super sensitive to wind so it's a little downside."
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"Video quality is also good, however the mic is very very sensitive and will pick up everything."
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"That's still better than DVD-quality (480-line).By the way, the microphones seem to work well given the limitations of this type of camera."
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"Everything about it works well including the microphone, the zoom, the video recording (full HD), and the battery life."
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"I would prefer a matte finsh and a wrist strap.2) Microphone location is on the TOP of the camera which makes it easy to cover with your left hand."
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"Sound:This camera has two little stereo microphones, and the audio quality is quite good when it is in your hand."
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Noise

Noise:
"Otherwise the compression algorithm used by the camera introduces an unacceptable amount of noise."
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"The zoom is very well as well except it always makes this weird noise when i zoom while recording."
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"The other problem that happened was that it records a motor noise when I record video when zooming."
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"The other problem is that after one year, the zoom is becoming noisy as it zooms in."
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"There was sooo much noise if you zoomed into the image at all it was unacceptable."
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"High ISO for this camera is 640 and above (400 is acceptable), and this cam goes easily to ISO 1000 and over which is horrible (still possible to make small 4x6 print but images are soft, full of noise, missing detail etc --> very bad).I selected Program mode and lowered ISO to min which is 100."
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"This only means that you no longer require excessive megapixels just to attain the spectacular images that you have been looking for with reduced noise plus you will be getting equally remarkable results with the help of 12.1 megapixel ELPH 300 HS."
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"The zoom is very well as well except it always makes this weird noise when i zoom while recording."
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"At the same time, the zoom gives it the capability to bring it closer, as long as you don't push it too far - pushing beyond the 5x point (it will digitally enhance up to 20x) results in pretty noisy images."
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"The 300 HS does very well at controlling noise at high ISO levels."
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"The only slight negative comment is that the microphone is very sensitive and picks up wind rubbing noises easily."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"We have captured some great good pics, it is good outdoors but inside the interiors it is not that good unless we have bright light is available."
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"It is a great little camera for outdoor pics and photos of people."
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"I recommend this as it is light weight and takes good pictures outdoors."
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"Takes great pictures outdoors in full light."
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"I would recommend this camera for outdoor pictures."
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"It takes great outdoor photos, true to life color, great focus and definition, and it's small, so it fits easily into your pocket."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"The packaging was very very cheap I was very dissapointed!"
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"Little bit disappointed because the original package of the camera doesn't include SD card, making it unconvenient for a test use."
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"This little camera has many features in a very small package & might be a fun little toy for someone who isn't picky about image quality."
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"Delivery was excellent less than a week and was well packaged."
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"Unbelievable capabilities in such a small package."
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"The quality is amazing coming from a very small package!"
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"I bought the black 300 that a major yellow tag big box store had in a package with an battery, case and card for a great price."
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Photo

Photo:
"Takes horrible photos, my original Elf from 2004 did better"
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"Actually, I was quite surprised at the quality of the photos....not as good as my other one but definitely passable."
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"This one came to me with a defective battery (the seller is replacing) plus it doesn't take great photos."
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"At its widest, I see a slight fisheye effect that can be a bit annoying when taking photos of people, but landscape shooting, its awesome!"
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"My 6 year old Canon PowerShot has a slower-than-desired time between pushing the button and taking a photo; and it isn't the best in low-light conditions...so I ordered this one after reading many reviews."
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"It is incredibly frustrating that I can't zoom in or out when taking photos and if I do, the camera shuts down."
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"Good all around camera,takes exellent photos and videos."
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"The quality of the photos are beautiful."
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"I think it takes decent photos in low light, without the flash, but it does get slow in low light with or without the flash."
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"It is easy to use and produces terrific photos."
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"Good photos for such a small camera."
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Point-and-shoot

Point-and-shoot:
"I don't expect spectacular performance from a point-and-shoot."
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"It looks slick without being shiny and has a great grip compared to other point-and-shoots where you are left gripping with four fingers."
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"Granted, I've only shot with SLRs and my last two point-and-shoots, but it is significant and annoying."
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"I wish the battery lasted a little longer (shooting video seems to deplete it very quickly), but that's my only complaint for what is on the whole the best point-and-shoot camera I've ever owned."
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"If Canon continues with such poor innovation, then it remains to be seen why would anyone be buying these broken point-and-shoot cameras when even the iPhone can make much better pictures and in much less time."
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"Perfect size, user interface couldn't be easier, and the picture and video quality are stunning for a point-and-shoot."
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"Great little point-and-shoot, had it for over two years now with no problems."
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"Very good point-and-shoot camera."
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"This is a compact camera with excellent photo quality for a point-and-shoot, which is what I need when I'm on the go."
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"Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Features and SpecificationsThinnest digital camera of the world with optical image stabilizer, 5x optical zoom, and 24 mm ultra wide angle lensColor: BlackFull HD video of 1080p for outstanding quality together with a stereo sound, and access made easy by the allotted movie buttonHS System of Canon with DIGIC 4 Image Processor and 12.1 MP CMOS that can greatly improve shooting photos even with no flash in the low light instancesHigh speed shooting at its best with a unique point-and-shoot camera with an AUTO that can intelligently choose the correct camera settings based on its 32 predefined situations for shooting."
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"Otherwise, it's pretty much like any other point-and-shoot."
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Portable

Portable:
"It fits into my purse beautifully, is light and doesnt weigh down my purse (with all the other junk inside it), and form factor is wonderfully portable."
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"Portable, price and the quality of photos are clear."
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"Maybe I'm just spoiled by my hdSLR...Overall this is THE BEST camera currently in existence for easy portable video."
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"The quality of this camera is great, it takes very nice photos, it is small and very portable, the manual mode is also very good (tough I must say that I'm an amateur photographer).I've saw some complaints regarding the battery life, but for me it is totally ok (I bought an spare battery just in case).The only con for me is the camera texture, didn't like it that much."
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"For this reviewer, the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 is highly portable, a great camera for happy snaps, and good for general indoor outdoor photography; highly recommended."
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"But this little camera is more than just portable, it takes some excellent shots."
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Power

Power:
"Before this power problem, I was in love with this camera, except for graininess at the full zoom, I loved the features it offered and how small it was."
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"The Thinner, The BetterWith a weight that is below 5 ounces and depth of less than one inch, PowerShot ELPH 300 HS can fit snugly inside your pocket while ensuring you that it has lots of power hidden beneath its sleek point and shoot body."
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"The first problem is that the zoom is somewhat limited in power to what I could have gotten with other cameras."
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"It seems that this particular model has two major mechanical problems: the power might turn off in the middle of a session and the lens might not be properly retracted."
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"I was a little confused when the zoom went up to 24 power as I thought the camera was only a 5x."
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"Absolutely love this camera, had an older power shot and this takes even better pictures, better Zoom and more settings."
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"Powerful little bugger, small, easy to carry, great shots, quick power on for last moment shots."
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"Canon believes that style should never be sacrificed for power because PowerShot ELPH 300 HS is perfect for an effortless capturing of great photos, whether you are just taking some walk around town or you have a night-long party."
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"If you are currently looking for a sleek digital camera that is fully-loaded with all the power that you need but will fit perfectly in your pocket, Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS is certainly your best choice."
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"The Thinner, The BetterWith a weight that is below 5 ounces and depth of less than one inch, PowerShot ELPH 300 HS can fit snugly inside your pocket while ensuring you that it has lots of power hidden beneath its sleek point and shoot body."
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Price

Price:
"Its not as great as an expensive SLR, but its worth the price."
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"If you have trouble picking from cameras look into this camera, not only is the price great so is the camera."
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"The packaging was very very cheap I was very dissapointed!"
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"I have the silver one and I had a black one but I dropped it with the cheap plastic lens open and it broke of course."
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"Well worth the money and while not as good as my Nikon SLR, I know I wouldn't have taken one tenth as many pictures as I did if it wasn't so compact and handy to have around."
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"Due to the price I paid, I almost gave this three stars, but found I couldn't recommend it at any price."
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"You can go buy some of the best cameras on the market right now for the price that this camera is."
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"Wonderful camera for the price!"
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"What a waste of good money >:(Purchased this camera in December of 2013."
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"Good camera for the price and functions."
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"I am an avid traveler, and for the price I can replace them, and take them anywhere with enough confidence."
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Quality

Quality:
")Slow motion is very low quality, but definitely better than nothing."
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"And I can't speak as well as others regarding photo quality, since the 12 MP is much more than i use, but the time it takes to focus and take the photos is pretty quick, and the zoom works quick, too."
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"Actually, I was quite surprised at the quality of the photos....not as good as my other one but definitely passable."
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"I was very disappointed with the quality of this camera."
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"I've been disappointed by the quality of the pictures since I got it."
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"Picture quality is not that great - I am disappointed."
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"Very good image quality."
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"For a compact camera, the 1080p HD video recording quality is very nice looking."
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"The 300HS was a replacement for my legendary SD870, whose photo quality is almost as good as a low end prosumer DLSR."
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"Good video quality, however, poor image quality compared to its processor."
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"The quality of the photos are beautiful."
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Resolution

Resolution:
"Cannot focus well and optical resolution is poor."
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"NOT SATISFIED WITH CLARITY OF PICS EVEN AT THE HIGH RESOLUTION"
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"The only thing I'd change is the LCD screen resolution because it isn't the best but what really matters is how the picture actually looks- and they look great! "
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"The 3MB burst mode is great for photography at parties or for candids as the kids play; you just need the discipline to ditch those pictures that actually aren't any good, and the pictures are a decent resolution."
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"High resolution, good sound, no shake... fantastic."
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"(and tho I can't confirm it rigorously, i have the feeling that this too, like auto-scene detect, makes the camera ever-so-slightly less responsive in full auto mode - so set it yourself and solve two problems at once) BTW, if you can accept the reduced resolution, the 3Mpx modes (high speed burst & low light) offer opportunities to capture some photos that I'd never expect a camera of this size to get."
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"I takes good photo at dark places, but video makes wonderful for a great audio capture and HD effect of resolution."
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"Set the resolution to its highest setting and you can get some decent prints."
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"The screen resolution was amazing and 9 times out of 10 my photos looked fabulous."
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"Good resolution for average use."
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"Here are the things we've liked about it:- It takes great pictures and video... definitely higher resolution and quality than I would've expected- Surprisingly long battery life... whether taking pictures or sitting in the case for a month, I've hardly seen the battery dwindle down!"
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Sharp

Sharp:
"The quality isn't quite as sharp, the colors aren't quite as good, etc."
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"Takes great sharp photos every time."
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"Pictures are sharp and the menu is user friendly."
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"The only good pictures were some closeups of model train parts which for some reason were far sharper than pictures taken outdoors in good lignt."
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"The picture quality is sharp, wide angle, good zoom, takes good pics in low light, slim (easy to carry)."
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"The video is clear and sharp but when using the zoom while capturing video, you can hear the whir of the motor as it moves the lens housing in or out, however, it is a minimal intrusion."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"That's the main problem with these 'external' lenses and lens cover shutter designs."
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"But now (June 2013) I am getting ready to send it back because of the same problem and an additional flaw where the shutter doesn't close all the way."
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"... and just a note, 10 months after ownership, I had that problem with the lens shutter not working correctly)."
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"I've had this camera for almost 2 years now and the only things that have gone wrong are: The shutter for the lens wouldn't shut all the way, leaving the lens exposed."
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"terrible reliability with shutter jamming soon after purchase- second time a cannon elph has done this to me- reflecs poor construction"
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"the advertised high-ISO sensitivity was achievable but at expense of very soft focus and blur (slow shutter speed)5. could have been more useful if aperture speed manual program was avaiableIn short, this camera did not meet my expectation."
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"(e. g., I was able to set a fast shutter speed to capture a glacier calving in a series of photos."
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"It would be nice if there were a manual setting that allowed you to custom-adjust the shutter speed."
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"Compared to the heavier weight A620 I did find there was more of a tendency for the camera to move as I pressed the shutter button, so more care was required to get clear pictures."
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"I had to return the first one because the shutter stuck and the second is phenomenal!"
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"I was generally happy with this camera as a pocket snapshooter until the lens shutter quit working."
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Simple

Simple:
"Excellent product, simple, small, weird feeling of the material, great zoom, image quality, everything GRAT, BUT, when battery is about to run low, it does not show on the screen."
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"Great simple point and shoot."
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"It is a very simple camera, easy to use and can be more complex if a person is so inclined."
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"Not a professional photographer, but I love how simple this camera is."
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"This camera is simple to use and has great quality."
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"I'm certainly not a professional, but do take a lot of pictures, and I would highly recommend this camera to anyone that wants a simple, compact, full-featured camera!"
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Size

Size:
"The only complaint I have is that because of its size I keep putting my fingers on the lens."
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"Needless to say it's a big disappointment because what I need is a small, lightweight camera that works great for taking pictures of fast-moving grandkids & dogs!"
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"First one had picture problems where some shots will have few bubbles of various sizes when you see them on a screen or even on the camera."
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"And while small cameras like this involve a number of compromises, Canon has made the right compromises."
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"THE USUAL COMPROMISES, WELL BALANCED: Small cameras have small lenses and small sensors."
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"Great camera, perfect size for POS."
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"Easy to use, helpful settings, small and easy to travel with."
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"We love that it's so small too! "
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"Perfect for my small purse and fits great in a pocket and not to heavy to wear on a lanyard."
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"doesn't take pics as well as my older elph s200, but i love the size."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"It developed a problem with either the CMOS or the image stabilization."
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"It is amazing at stabilization and providing a great picture every time."
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"Canon's image stabilization system in its recent camaras has proven very effective."
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"In low light(like inside a house) sometimes I have to stabilize it well or else I get blurry pics of my toddler."
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"2) Long battery life - I took it on a ski trip and it lasted me about three days of frequent shooting (HD video-shooting will definitely zap the battery a little faster)3) Cool picture-taking functions: e. g. function to stitch pictures together for a panoramic photo like city skylines, color-isolation like B&W photo of a woman with only red for the color of her dress, and too many more to mention but those are two I really had a chance to play with.4) Options for fine-tuning your photos and details: e. g. light-setting whether in dim-lit settings, bright sunny outdoors, cloudy day, or under fluorescent, etc.5) 1080P videos with really good stabilization."
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"It has a wonderful image stabilization that will make your pictures and videos much less shaky."
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Travel

Travel:
"Easy to use, helpful settings, small and easy to travel with."
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"Perfect for travel."
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"Reliable and compact camera to travel with."
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"My husband travels for his joba and he loves this."
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"Nice size for travel."
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Value

Value:
"Great value! "
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"Definitely a good value for me! "
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"Great value, easy to use, and far better than expectations."
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"So far, so good, and a good value for the money."
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"Obviously, anyone considering buying this shouldn't expect SLR quality, but for the price, it's an excellent value."
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Video

Video:
"I have not been able to play any videos (from any Canon product) on my computer."
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"It is quite annoying to be shooting a video of my granddaughter, shift the camera slightly and have the picture go yellow."
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"PROS:-Great in low light-Super wide lens-Auto Focus is very impressive-FULL HD with the options to lower the resolution to 720p, 480p, and 320p-Image stabilization is very noticeable-Macro video and pics are excellent, but not perfect-So much detail in the pics and videos-Super portable and pocket sized-Many different effects such as slow-mo, toy camera, and miniature mode-Battery life is great-Feels pro in the hand (Built well...)-Easy to learn and use-Ability to trim videos in edit mode and crop pics-Great zoom-Super fast start-up and shutdown-Stereo audio in video recordingCONS:-FULL HD, 1080p, is 24fps instead of 30fps, which causes minor choppy video-Weak flash that can get blocked by part of the lens area-Slow zoom during video-Video file sizes are too big-Auto-Focus (AF) can be quite laggy and jerky at moments-Smaller screen size than the previous, Elph 100 HS-You need a good memory card to help speed the camera up when taking full HD vids-Poster effect is not enthusiastic enough-No internal memory-No in camera battery charges (Need external charger to charge)-Did not come with a mini HDMI to HDMI cable-Outdoor wind can be super annoying when taking videos... sooooo loud...-It looks sturdy, but it has a feel that makes me feel like it'll get super destroyed if I drop it at least onceI bought this camera to shoot videos with my cast and myself for vlogs and films."
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"As a camera it works great, but who wants to go through the hassles of converting video .mov files to .wmv?"
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"I was disappointed to learn that the video playback on my computer was NOT clear; there were squiggly lines in it as if the camera was defective."
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"My only complaint is that the 1080p video is recorded at 24fps, and is somewhat choppy in motion."
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"Perfect everyday video camera, also perfect for daily vlogging! "
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"For a compact camera, the 1080p HD video recording quality is very nice looking."
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"Good video quality, however, poor image quality compared to its processor."
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"Good all around camera,takes exellent photos and videos."
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"Love it for underwater photography and videos with the underwater case made just for this model."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"My one year warranty ran out just before I encountered problems but I filed a claim with SquareTrade and upon receiving my camera they are going to send me a full refund for what I paid for it."
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"Canon took care of the problem with a replacement for free under their warranty."
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"I know of others who have had the same problem it doesn't bother me to have to do it, but as long as you get the warranty I'm sure best buy or another business will replace it if that DOES happen."
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"Problem is, now it is out of warranty, and I don't know if they will be as forgiving."
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"The LCD on mine cracked within the first week and I didn't even drop it so it would be worth it to get the extended warranty for damages."
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"I've also been so frustrated with Canon and the warranty process that I wonder if I should stick with Canon in the future."
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"I would recommend getting the 2 or 3 year SquareTrade warranty if you buy this camera."
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"I know of others who have had the same problem it doesn't bother me to have to do it, but as long as you get the warranty I'm sure best buy or another business will replace it if that DOES happen."
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"Canon warranty was good that time."
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"I've shipped it back to their repair department (the warranty process was quite easy) so we'll see if they get it repaired quickly and if the camera is reliable after that."
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"Canon does make good camera products, but given the awful warranty customer service support, I'd definitely think twice before buying again."
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Weight

Weight:
"Needless to say it's a big disappointment because what I need is a small, lightweight camera that works great for taking pictures of fast-moving grandkids & dogs!"
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"Wonderful pictures, easy to use, but there you are in the middle of your vacation and you suddenly get the dreaded LENS ERROR and that's it, it freezes up and you can use it as a paper weight (if there isn't too much wind.)"
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"It fits into my purse beautifully, is light and doesnt weigh down my purse (with all the other junk inside it), and form factor is wonderfully portable."
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"I HIGHLY recommend this model to anyone interested in carrying a very lightweight, small, compact camera with a variety of built-in features."
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"And perfect size and weight to carry around in a pocket."
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"I recommend this as it is light weight and takes good pictures outdoors."
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"Nice and slim and light weight."
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"Small, lightweight and easy to use."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The camera functioned well up until 1.5 years when the lens started malfunctioning and I couldn't zoom without the lens getting jammed and shutting the camera off."
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"(Don't bother using digital zoom beyond that, you'll regret it."
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"The only disappointment in this camera is the zoom, which is poor compared to other cameras out there."
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"I now sometimes can't zoom in to take a picture (the camera says error - turn back off and on or some such), and I now have to pry the lens cover shut when I turn it off."
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"The zoom is very well as well except it always makes this weird noise when i zoom while recording."
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"The zoom on this is not as good as the last but it fits in your pocket and is very handy."
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"It's the perfect size for a pocket camera, has a great zoom and different features."
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"Still takes great pictures and 1080p video with 5x optical zoom."
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"it has a great zoom lens."
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"If you ever got zoomed in pretty tight, there is also no need to be worried about things getting extra shaky because it has an optical image stabilizer."
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"It has an ultra wide angle lens of 24mm that comes with a remarkable optical zoom of 5x that can give you your needed versatility for shooting in whatever situation you might be in."
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