|Upon the arrival of a Canon IXUS 300 HS test sample, it is tested in our DIWA Lab. The technical data from the rigorous tests are processed and translated into understandable data. Inside the lab, testing takes place in standardized circumstances. An environment in which cameras, both compact and system concepts can be compared without a problem. Besides that, the Canon 300HS compact camera is extensively used in practice and evaluated as for operation and shooting in practice. This combination of lab tests and the testing in practice, results in a final conclusion that is carefully reviewed|
|Canon IXUS 300 HS image quality
The Canon IXUS 300 HS camera’s image quality is excellent. It has a pleasantly corresponding color reproduction, it is fairly natural and only slightly deviates from the calibrated Gretag Macbeth Colorchecker color card. The Canon 300HS suffers a bit from chromatic aberration in several cases with high contrast, but it is hardly visible, and only on the corner of the frame. We can accept the little distortion and the light corner blurring at 28mm wide angle, because for the rest, the zoom lens performs very well.
ISO settings and noise
The advantages of the CMOS image sensor are especially visible in the high ISO settings. Up to 800 ISO the shots are certainly of high quality.
|In the higher ISO values the inevitable noise comes up in the image, but it only becomes truly bothersome after 1600 ISO. You get an additional useable ISO value, as the 1600 ISO can definitely be applied in situations in which the range of the built-in flash is not sufficient. I would only use 3200 ISO in an emergency.
Canon IXUS 300HS all round digital camera
The Canon IXUS 300 HS' images demonstrate a performance that you would expect from a Canon IXUS camera. Fine color reproduction, beautifully sharp shots and excellent lighting. Add to that the ease of the built-in image stabilizer, the good quality of the high ISO values and the handy automatic program, and you can call it an all-round digital camera. That is respectable.