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Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS

12.1-megapixel digital camera with 5X optical zoom (Black)

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For when life refuses to stay still
Going away for the weekend? Pop the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS in your bag to capture memorable photos of your getaway. Use its wide-angle lens to fit a sweeping view of the mountains into a single frame, or capture a big group shot of you and all your college buddies. This camera's advanced CMOS sensor and speedy, powerful image processor work together for stunning, low-noise photos, even when you're shooting in a dim setting like a restaurant. Shoot video clips of the wildlife that crosses your path in full HD movie mode. And get a great shot of your friend's triumphant marathon finish with the camera's speed burst mode. At 8.2 frames per second, one of the shots is sure to be a winner.


For when life refuses to stay still
Going away for the weekend? Pop the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS in your bag to capture memorable photos of your getaway. Use its wide-angle lens to fit a sweeping view of the mountains into a single frame, or capture a big group shot of you and all your college buddies. This camera's advanced CMOS sensor and speedy, powerful image processor work together for stunning, low-noise photos, even when you're shooting in a dim setting like a restaurant. Shoot video clips of the wildlife that crosses your path in full HD movie mode. And get a great shot of your friend's triumphant marathon finish with the camera's speed burst mode. At 8.2 frames per second, one of the shots is sure to be a winner.

Face detection lets you take true-to-life portraits of your favorite people. The camera focuses on the people in your frame and brings out realistic skin tones, compensating for background colors that might otherwise create a "washed-out" effect. And the advanced self-timer lets you enter the picture at your own pace — the camera snaps a photo two seconds after the photographer's face has entered the frame.


  • 12.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 5X optical zoom (4X digital zoom/20X total zoom)
  • 2-11/16" LCD screen
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-120mm
Special Features:
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
  • optical image stabilization
  • high-speed burst mode (8.2 frames/second)
  • DIGIC 4 image processor for advanced face detection, red-eye correction, and better contrast in your photos
  • advanced CMOS sensor for sharp photos even in low-light
  • face detection automatically sets focus, exposure, flash, and white balance for better portraits
  • 16:9 widescreen photo mode
  • super slow-motion video mode
  • 32 scene modes including Toy Camera and Monochrome
  • macro focus for subjects as close as 1.2 inches
Connections and Dimensions:
  • mini HDMI output (HDMI cable not included)
  • high-speed USB interface
  • audio/video output for connection to a TV
  • 3-11/16"W x 2-1/4"H x 13/16"D
  • weight: 4.9 oz. (with battery and media)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

This little Camera is pack with Big leagues material.

Raf., Palm Bay, FL

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (black)
  • NB-4L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack (3.7V/760mAh) with plastic terminal cover installed
  • CB-2LV Battery charger (4.2V/0.65mA)
  • Wrist strap
  • 50" USB cable with in-line noise filter (IFC-400PCU) with Type A USB on one end and Mini-USB 2.0 on the other end
  • 51" A/V cable (AVC-DC400ST) with Mini-USB 2.0 on one end and composite video/stereo audio RCA plugs on the other end
  • Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver. 83.0 EFIGSCR
  • Getting Started booklet (English)
  • Getting Started booklet (Spanish)
  • Warranty card
  • Canon Customer Support sheet
  • USB Driver software note

Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(11 Reviews)

Nice Camera-Too Fragile

Melanie from Reidsville, NC on 1/27/2012

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I purchased this camera because of the price, color and size. I am very happy with except for one thing. The front of the camera is too fragile. I kept the camera in my purse with minor stuff in it. A week after getting it I notice the front lens will not close all the way. It seems somehow I put a small dent in it. The camera was not dropped so I guess it happen in the purse. I just expected it to be a little tougher.

Pros: Size-Color-Picture-

Cons: Fragile- Easily damaged

Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS

Raf. from Palm Bay, FL on 1/26/2012

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This little Camera is pack with Big leagues material.

Pros: everything

Cons: None

Amazing point and shoot!

Bruce E from New York, NY on 1/19/2012

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I have been a happy Cannon PowerShot ELPH person for over 10 years. This is my 3rd, and they just keep getting better and better. This one takes great shots, no lag time, and excellent videos. Small enough for me to hold in my pocket, yet buttons are big enough to operate. I highly reccomend it!

Pros: Great Pics and easy! Small enough to fit in my pocket.

Cons: None yet

Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS

Anonymous from Northeast PA on 1/19/2012

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Canon makes a great camera and this is no exception. Great buy, especially for the money.



Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS

Shannon from New Jersey on 9/26/2011

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Took it on a vacation to Europe. Picture quality is awesome for a point and shoot. Obviously not as good as an SLR, but excellent. Image stabilizer is very very useful for those will shaky hands (like ME). Video is incredible for such a small camera. Dedicated record button is absolutely convenient and was a deciding factor.



Easy to use, great size and features

JD from Corning NY on 8/16/2011

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I got this camera after lots of on-line research and other reviews, and after 2 weeks of lots of use, am extremely happy with it. It was easy to learn how to use (have an older Canon G2 so that probably helped some), battery lasts a long time (no video), zoom features are great, and I really like it's small size so I can carry it everywhere. One afternoon with the owners manual and I tried out all the features, so was ready for vacation. The image stabilization works very well and at full zoom got some good wildlife photos. I also turned off the preview feature to allow faster photos and it is ready again to take the next shot very quickly. It turns on and off quickly so you can be ready to use it with very little delay. Changing battery and flash card is very simple, and the Canon photo software organizes the shots easily until I get time to review/edit them. One complaint is there is no owners manual, you get a CD, but that is not very helpful in the field so I printed it 4 pg/sheet so I use it anywhere. I have only used it for ~ a month but after that time would certainly buy it again!



Not so good !

Hiren from New Jersey on 8/3/2011

I bought this cam on 17 july 2011...after my first shot i think this is not worth money i spend. the snaps are bit blury in outside. i love few functionality in this cam..its very handy and easy to use ...but i am not happy with picture quality.



Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS

wz from Cambridge, MA on 7/20/2011

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This is a nice compact camera loaded with up-to-date features. I bought this as an upgrade of Canon SD880, mostly for the reason of full HD video. It has all the nice things 880 has (wide-angle etc.) and much more compact. The price is comparable to 880 when I bought it 3 years ago. Picked red color because wife like it. Canon has a waterproof case for this model. I had their waterproof case for 880 and shot some very nice underwater video under snokeling. The case for this one looks less bulky than the one for SX230, which also comes with full HD video. Chose 300HS because for point-and-shot camera small size is more useful than 13x optical zoom.



cannon elph 300

Terry P. from Islamorada Florida on 7/17/2011

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This camera is the best camera I have ever owned......I have Olympus and Fugi. These cameras take some research reading to operate. The Cannon Elph is a "no brainer" that takes better pictures than both of these other cameras put together. The auto function is unbelievable and picture quality execellent high definition. If you are looking for a camera without a lot of "fluff"....this is your camera.....easiest and best camera on the market.



Great camera in a very small package

tomter from Menomonee Falls, WI on 4/16/2011

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This camera is very solid and has a little bit of weight to it. In other words, very well built with metal parts. This is way better than the SD-1300 we got a couple years ago which was lighter and took rather poor pictures. The only issue I have found thus far is that the camera falls over easily. Canon is great!




Harry from Brooklyn, NY on 4/7/2011

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Love this camera, takes beautiful pictures - has a nice feel to it.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 2.7"
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 24-120mm
Optical Zoom 5x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing No
Manual Exposure No
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Effective Megapixel Count 12.1
Total Megapixels 12.8
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4000 x 3000
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 3-11/16
Height (inches) 2-1/4
Depth (inches) 0-13/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 4.97
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Playback, Editing and Print Functions
Battery Information
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Supplied Software

Recording Features

LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS has a 2.7" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 230,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage and a 5-level brightness adjustment. The Night Display feature automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject, making it easier to frame the subject in dark conditions.

Image Sensor/Processor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with 12.8-million total pixels, and 12.1-million effective pixels. Together, the 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 4 processor make up the Canon HS System, which delivers clear, blur-free shots indoors or in low light.

Optics: The ELPH 300 HS has a 5x optical zoom lens with a 4.3-21.5mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 24-120mm).

Zoom: In addition to the 5x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 20x. The focal length when using the optical zoom and digital zoom together is approximately 24-480mm.

Digital Teleconverter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.5x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Teleconverter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 36-180mm when using the 1.5x digital teleconverter, and 48-240mm with the 2.0x teleconverter. The digital zoom and digital teleconverter cannot be used simultaneously.

Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD Memory Cards (2GB or less), SDHC Memory Cards (4GB to 32GB), SDXC Memory Cards (32GB and higher), MultiMediaCards, MMCplus Cards, and HC MMCplus Cards. Still images are recorded in JPEG format, and the movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (mono). No memory card is included with the camera, nor is there any internal memory in the camera.

Still Image Resolution/Compression: The ELPH 300 HS can record still images in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small) and 4 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, and 1:1). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Fine or Normal. The estimated number of 4:3 still images that can be recorded on SDHC Memory Cards is as follows:

Still Image
Resolution and Aspect Ratio
Compression SDHC Memory Card Size
4 GB 16 GB
4000 x 3000
Fine 1231 5042
Normal 2514 10295
Medium 1
2816 x 2112
Fine 2320 9503
Normal 4641 19007
Medium 2
1600 x 1200
Fine 6352 26010
Normal 12069 49420
640 x 480
Fine 20116 82367
Normal 30174 123550

Special Effects: In addition to normal still images, you can record pictures with special effects:

  • Fish-Eye Lens: Lets you shoot with the distorting effect of a fish-eye lens.
  • Miniature Effect: Blurring at the top and bottom of the frame simulate a miniature model.
  • Color Accent: Change the picture to black-and-white with the exception of one selected color.
  • Color Swap: You can change one color for another when recording.
  • Monochrome: Shoot images in black-and-white, sepia, or blue-and-white
  • Toy Camera: By blurring and darkening the corners of the image, the picture looks as if it had been taken by a toy camera.

Movies: Movies can be shot in High Definition at 1920 x 1080 (24 fps) and 1280 x 720 (30 fps). You can also shoot in Standard Definition at 640 x 480 pixels or 320 x 240 pixels, with a frame rate of 30 fps. Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 10 min for High Definition, and 1 hour for Standard Definition. SD Speed Class 6 or higher memory cards are recommended. The estimated length of movies that can be recorded on SDHC Memory Cards is as follows:

Movie Quality 4 GB 16 GB
1920 x 1080
24 fps
14 min 34 sec 59 min 40 sec
1280 x 720
30 fps
20 min 43 sec 1 hr 24 min 54 sec
640 x 480
30 fps
43 min 43 sec 2 hrs 59 min 3 sec
320 x 240
30 fps
1 hrs 58 min 19 sec 8 hrs 4 min 30 sec

Super Slow Motion Movie: You can shoot fast moving subjects and play them back in slow motion. Clips of up to 30 seconds can be recorded. Thirty-second movie clips shot at 240 frames per second play back in approximately 4 minutes, while 30-second clips shot at 120 fps play back in 2 minutes. The image size is fixed at 320 x 240 when shooting at 240 fps, and 640 x 480 when shooting at 120 fps.

Movie Digest: You can make a short movie of a day just by taking still images. Each time you take a picture, the scene just before your shot will be recorded as a movie. All the movies recorded that day will be saved as a single file, and can be played back as one continuous movie clip.

Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. You can shoot continuously at approximately 3.4 image per second. The speed increases slightly in the low light mode. In the High Speed Burst mode, you can shoot continuously at a rate of approximately 8 images per second with a fixed image size of 1984 x 1488.

Image Stabilization: The ELPH 300 HS is equipped with lens-shift type image stabilization. To correct the effects of camera shake, you can choose from the following Image Stabilization settings:

  • Continuous: Image Stabilization is always on. For movies, Dynamic mode also reduces strong camera shake, as when walking.
  • Shoot Only: Image Stabilization is only active at the moment of shooting.
  • Panning: Image Stabilization only counters up and down motion--recommended for shooting objects moving horizontally.

Face Detection Technology: The camera's Face Detection Technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash, and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.

AutoFocus Frame Modes: The camera utilizes TTL (through-the-lens) automatic focusing with three focusing methods:

  • Face AiAF: The camera automatically detects the position of a face and uses the data to set the focus, exposure (evaluative metering only) and white balance (auto). When the camera is pointed at subjects, a white frame appears on the face the camera judges to be the main subject, and up to 2 gray frames will appear on other faces.
  • Tracking AF: You can choose the subject you want to focus on and shoot. As long as the subject remains in the frame, the camera will continue to track the subject.
  • Center: A single AF frame in the center of the frame is used.

AF-Point Zoom: You can magnify the AF frame and check the focus. In Face Detect mode, the face selected as the main subject will appear magnified in the monitor. In Center mode, the contents of the center AF frame will appear magnified.

Auto Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):

  • Normal: 1.2" to infinity (W), 1.6' to infinity (T)
  • Macro: 1.2" to 1.6' (wide)

Shooting Modes: You can switch between the following shooting modes:

  • Smart Auto: The camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene, detect and focus on faces, and set the color and brightness to optimal levels.
  • Program AE: The camera sets both the aperture value and shutter speed, and you can choose the settings for various functions to suit your preferences. The focusing range in this mode is 2"-infinity (W), and 1.6'-infinity (T).
  • Scene: Select from the following, according to the scene or effects desired:
    • Portrait: produces a soft effect when photographing people
    • Kids & Pets: captures subjects that move around, such as children and pets, without missing photo opportunities
    • Handheld NightScene: take beautiful snapshots of city night scenes by combining several continuous shots to reduce camera shake and noise.
    • Low Light: take pictures in dark places with reduced camera shake and subject blur
    • Beach: take pictures of brightly lit people on sandy beaches where reflected sunlight is strong
    • Underwater: take natural-colored shots of aquatic life and underwater scenery when used with an optional waterproof case (WP-DC39 or WP-DC310L).
    • Foliage: shoot trees, blossoms and leaves in vivid colors
    • Snow: take bright, natural-colored shots of people against snowy backgrounds
  • Movies: Record movies in High or Standard Definition. Just as with still images, you can let the camera select the best settings for the scene or add various effects while shooting movies. Available settings include: Portrait, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, and Snow.

Smart Shutter: In the Smart Shutter mode, the camera will record an image of a person, even without pressing the shutter button, when it detects a smile.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

  • Evaluative Light Metering: used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
  • Center-Weighted Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center
  • Spot: meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder

Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the focus and exposure separately to shoot. When the exposure is set, you can lock the setting, then compose the scene and shoot. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure for shooting with the flash.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings:

  • Auto: the camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions
  • Daylight: for recording outdoors on a bright day
  • Cloudy: for recording under overcast, shady or twilight skies
  • Tungsten: for recording under tungsten and bulb-type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting
  • Fluorescent: for recording under warm-white, cool-white or warm-white (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting
  • Fluorescent H: for recording under daylight fluorescent, or daylight fluorescent-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting
  • Custom: allows you to manually set the white balance and store the settings

Flash Modes: The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS has a built-in flash with a range of 1.6' to 11.5' in Wide Angle and 3' to 6.6' in Telephoto. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash always fires), Slow Synchro (illuminates subject in foreground while the slow shutter speed brightens the background not reached by the flash), or Off (flash doesn't fire). In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken.

ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 or 3200. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.

My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded:

  • Vivid: Emphasizes the contrast and color saturation to record in bold colors
  • Neutral: Tones down the contrast and color saturation to record neutral hues
  • Sepia: Records images in sepia tones
  • B/W: Records images in black and white
  • Positive Film: makes blue, green or red colors more intense
  • Lighter Skin: makes skin tones lighter
  • Darker Skin: makes skin tones darker
  • Vivid Blue: emphasizes blue tint
  • Vivid Green: emphasizes green tint
  • Vivid Red: emphasizes red tint
  • Custom Color: Lets you adjust the contrast, sharpness, or saturation settings or the color balance between red, green, blue, and skin tones
  • My Colors Off: Records with no effect

Self-Timer: The ELPH 300 HS utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.

Wink Self Timer: In addition to the standard and custom self-timers, the ELPH 300 HS can be set to record an image of a person approximately two seconds after detecting a wink.

Face Self-Timer: The Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces, and makes the appropriate adjustments. When the Face Detection Self-Timer is set, the camera waits for the photographer's face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. The camera will shoot, two seconds after the new face is detected.

Playback, Editing and Print Functions

Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. You can set the playback time for each image, and the transition effects when switching between images. If desired, you can repeat the slide show automatically.

Index Display: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode. You can view the index display by pressing the zoom button toward wide angle while the camera is in playback mode.

Magnifying Images: Using the zoom button, you can magnify a photo up to 10x. Once zoomed in, you can use the "arrow" buttons to move around the displayed area.

Playback Displays: You can choose from three types of displays:

  • Simple Information: screen includes basic information about the image
  • Detailed Information: screen include a histogram display as well as detailed information about the settings used when the image was captured.
  • Focus Check: magnifies the area of a recorded image that was inside the AF frame so you can check the focus.

Red-Eye Correction: You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge, faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working. You can choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a new file, retaining the original image.

Resizing Images: You can save images a lower recording pixel setting than the original image, saving the resized image as a separate file.

Trimming: You can cut out a portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file.

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure. You can protect images by the image itself or select All Images.

PictBridge: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon SELPHY compact photo printers and PIXMA inkjet photo printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.

Exif Print (Exif 2.3): The Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

DPOF Print Settings: On your memory card, you can select which image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images all at once on optional photo printers or at participating photo labs.

DPOF Transfer Order: You can use the camera to specify settings for images that you wish to download to a computer. The settings used on the camera comply with the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standards. A maximum of 998 images can be selected per memory card, and are transferred in order from oldest to newest by shooting date.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS is powered by the supplied NB-4L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack (3.7 Volts / 760 mAh). A fully charged battery pack can provide power for up to approximately 220 shots or 5 hours of playback time. The NB-4L is charged in approximately 90 minutes in the supplied CB-2LV battery charger.

Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for approximately 3 weeks. The backup battery charges in approximately 4 hours while a charged main battery (NB-4L) is inserted, or the camera is connected to an external AC adapter.

Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:

  • Auto Power Down During Shooting: The screen will turn off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake" the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn off.
  • Auto Power Down During Playback: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.

Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

A/V Out / Digital Terminal: The camera has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via the supplied USB cable. This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to your computer or printer. You can also connect the camera to a TV (via composite video and stereo audio) using the supplied A/V cable in the same terminal. The A/V output can be set to NTSC or PAL as needed.

HDMI: The camera has a mini-HDMI output for connecting it to an HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the optional Canon HTC-100 (item # 280HTC100) is required. When the camera is connected to an HDMI-CEC-compatible TV, you can control the camera's functions with the TV remote.

Supplied Software

Included Software: The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.83.0 EFIGSCR CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:

  • Canon Utilities:
    • Windows:
      • ZoomBrowser EX 6.7: manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
      • CameraWindow DC 8.4: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
      • PhotoStitch 3.1: use to merge still images to make panoramas
    • Macintosh:
      • ImageBrowser 6.7: manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
      • CameraWindow DC 8.4: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
      • PhotoStitch 3.2: use to merge still images to make panoramas
  • User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide

Minimum System Requirements:

  Windows Macintosh
Operating System

Windows 7
Windows Vista (SP 1 and 2)
Windows XP (SP 3)

Mac OS X (v10.5-v10.6)

Computer Model

OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports

OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports

CPU Still Images: Pentium 1.3 GHz or higher
Movies: Core2 Duo 2.6 GHz or higher
Still Images: Intel Processor
Movies: Core2 Duo 2.6 GHz or higher
RAM Windows 7 (64-bit): 2 GB or more
Windows 7 (32-bit)/Windows Vista 64-bit/32-bit): 1 GB or more
Windows XP: 512 MB or more (Still Images), 2 GB or more (Movies)
Mac OS X v10.6: 1 GB or more
Mac OS X v10.5: 512 MB (Still Images) or more, 2 GB or more (Movies)



Free Hard Disk Space    ZoomBrowser EX: 200 MB or more
   CameraWindow: 150 MB or more
   Movie Uploader for YouTube: 30 MB or more
   PhotoStitch: 40 MB or more
   ImageBrowser: 250 MB or more
   CameraWindow: 150 MB or more
   Movie Uploader for YouTube: 30 MB or more
   PhotoStitch: 50 MB or more

1,024 x 768 pixels or higher

1,024 x 768 pixels or higher

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