The most approachable aspect of the Canon PowerShot ELPH series is its user-friendly qualities. Along with building a more attractive design over time, they also have the ability to take excellent photos. As such, its no surprise to get excited about Canon’s newest camera: the PowerShot ELPH 320 HS. The photo quality is better, the lens has a greater focus, and it boasts three new features: a touch screen, Wi-Fi for sharing, and 1080p video quality at 24fps. Fancy photographer jargon aside, this brings up a bigger question: what does this mean for you?
A touch screen is fun because it essentially makes a camera (or any other product) easier to use. However, this isn’t the case for the 320 HS, because its often oversensitive and sometimes gets stuck. But there is no need to give up yet in terms of Wi-Fi. Have your parents been nagging you to send photos of your son’s adventures in baseball? Sharing with family and friends is made easy, for the camera is able to connect to an already existing network as well as having its own hotspot. There’s no need to size down photos, because this camera already does it for you— making it faster to share files over Twitter or Facebook.
But what about the camera having an even better video quality than before? The 320 HS has 1080p at 24fps. To put it in Lamen’s terms: this the quality of professional television and movie-making. This may sound to good to be true for a simple digital camera, but photographs do indeed look excellent with a smoother finish. However, it is suggested to stick with 720p instead of 1080p to save more memory space. 720p appears to work better with the lens range, and it is still in crisp and clear, high-definition quality.
There has been many a complaint about the newer designs of Canon’s point and shoots being rather flimsy. Although this may be true, with the proper care this isn’t much of an issue. The Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS doesn’t have a rubber grip on it’s body, but wrapping the leash around your wrist keeps it sturdy enough. The camera designs have been geared towards sleeker instead of bulkier, and smaller instead of clunkier. It is an overall better look and makes it easier to store. You could honestly fit it in your pocket.
Canon has been making the best point and shoot camera for years, and with the PowerShot ELPH 320 HS, they have done it again. All the newer features may appear gimmicky, but the image quality is better than ever and is perfect for any beginner or average consumer. The price range is reasonable at about $300, and as such, makes all the added features completely worth it. This is definitely a good buy for all photographers, whether novice or experienced.
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