Canon IXUS 300 HS review

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

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  • Excellent screen
  • Good image quality
  • Beautifully designed and made


  • Aspect ratio doesn't match images
  • Expensive
  • Manual features don't go all the way

Little known fact: Canon's range of digital Ixus cameras turned 10 in May this year.

Since then, cameras such as the Ixus 105 IS and 200 IS have made a huge difference to consumer photography.

The 10-megapixel Canon 300 HS is another step up for pocket-sized photography - a small, beautifully-designed camera with stonking image quality and a massive feature list.

And, with an f/2.0 lens and maximum ISO of 3200, it promises excellent low-light performance.

We're big fans of the design. As we've come to expect from Canon's glamorous Ixus line, it's svelte, at 54mm high, and its 100mm width makes it easily pocketable.

canon ixus 300 hs

The matte black finish on our review model proved a little more divisive, with some concerned it could be more prone to scratches if slipped carelessly into a pocket already occupied by a set of keys.

It does feel well-made, though. The metal chassis feels like it will resist dents and fractures, and although the 300 HS is small, it's easy to grip without feeling like you're in danger of dropping it.

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