Canon IXUS 310 HS review

The high-performance compact with a sense of style

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Our Verdict

Touch-screen aficionados will revel at the size and clarity of the 310 HS' monolithic LCD


  • Excellent build quality
  • Full HD movies
  • HDMI connectivity
  • Impressive low light performance
  • Good image quality


  • Touch screen controls can prove fiddly at times
  • Images tend to be soft overall
  • Price is a little high

Canon's latest crop of IXUS compacts continues to target fashion-conscious photographers who don't want to compromise on features, with the new 12.1mp IXUS 310 HS replacing the 10mp 300 HS.

While the latest model may not look all that different to its predecessor, it packs in a glut of upgraded features, including a higher resolution back-illuminated CMOS sensor, wider 24mm 4.4x optical zoom lens with Image Stabilisation, larger 3.2in LCD with a significantly higher resolution (461,000-dots compared to 230,000) and Full HD movie recording - an improvement over the 300 HS' 720p offering.

The 310 HS boasts the latest DIGIC 4 processor with integrated iSAPS technology, which means the camera analyses the scene you're photographing and selects the best scene mode for the situation.

The latest generation processor also helps to drive this compact's performance when shooting, allowing for easy capture of both high-speed burst stills and Super Slow Motion movies at 240fps.

IXUS 310 hs

Like the design we saw in the older 300 HS, the 310 HS' sensor has all of its circuitry tucked neatly behind its photoreceptors, increasing their sensitivity and promising images with less noise as result. Also likely to appeal to avid low--light shooters is the 310 HS' lens, which offers a fast maximum aperture of f2.0: perfect for making the most of ambient light as well as creating beautiful out of focus effects.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4.4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Smart Capture, Continuous Shooting Mode, Aperture Priority, Manual White Balance
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)185 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height55.4 mm
Width100.6 mm
Depth25 mm
Focal Length4.30 mm to 18.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model310 HS
Product NameIXUS 310 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5132B005
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The IXUS 310 HS boasts a large, intuitive touchscreen, with high-speed functions and Full HD movies. A bright f/2.0, 24mm ultra wide lens, and the HS System capture incredible shots, day or night.

Package Contents
  • IXUS 310 HS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery NB-6L
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year