Canon IXUS 300 HS review

A tidy compact that takes brilliant pics and packs in the features

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The 300 HS is a superb little camera. In terms of what you should be prepared to spend on a compact it's at the top end - its £300 price tag puts it nearly in the sights of budget DSLRs.

We liked:

We're real fans of the 300 HS's looks - the matte black finish, while perhaps a little prone to scratches, is really eye-catching. We also like our test images - the 300 HS resolves plenty of detail.

The lens, while a tad soft when zoomed in does a good job and there's plenty of flexibility in terms of features. The manual mode, while not fully realised, is nonetheless useful, and will prove itself to beginners looking for a decent camera to grow into.

We disliked:

We're not wild about the 300 HS's telephoto performance, but as long as you steer clear of massive enlargements you're unlikely to encounter any of its serious weak spots.

The lack of iconography on the back of the camera is initially daunting: there's nothing to even suggest pressing the jog-dial in any direction even does anything. Once you get the hang of it, though, there's nothing to stop you reaching the 300 HS's features double-quick.


But if you're after a compact that will last, the 300 HS is future-proof as they come, thanks to great low light performance, excellent build-quality, and its ability to turn out technically great images.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMMCplus, HC MMCplus, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.8x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)175 g
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height54.1 mm
Width100 mm
Depth23.6 mm
Focal Length4.90 mm to 18.60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model300 HS
Product NameIXUS 300 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number4252B008
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Powered by a 10 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor with f/2.0 lens, and molded in a distinctive stainless steel body, the high speed IXUS 300 HS has stunning looks and image quality to match. The IXUS 300 HS blends superlative imaging with exquisite style. Its angular, sporty design is crafted in high-quality stainless steel.

Package Contents
  • IXUS 300 HS Compact Camera
  • NB-6L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year