Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS

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It's thin, has bright colors and it's simple to use

Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS The Canon ELPH 310 HS Compact Digital Camera is much more than just a fun point-and-shoot. Although it's thin, has bright colors and simple to use, the 310 HS also is a flexible companion, letting you to reach outside the basics for unconstrained creative possibilities. While it all begins with the 12.1 megapixel CMOS image sensor for fantastic still images and top quality 1080p HD movies. Canon's HS SCHEME puts all those mighty 12.1 megapixels into the palm of your hand with the integration of the CMOS image sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor. The image processor not only quickly and efficiently adds files onto your camera's memory card, it also swells the ISO range as high as to 3200, making adjustments to even out poor lighting environments for blur-free photos. The sensor, helps you shoot striking still or video images.

The Canon ELPH 310 HS uses a number of features to assist you in making the most of every situation. For example, an 8x optical zoom allows you to acquire far-off scenes without losing any photo quality. The Optical image stabilization helps in preventing blur and motion. The PureColor 3.0" LCD is a big display place on which to frame, organize and review your pictures. And naturally, the similar to a 35mm 28-224mm lens offers up you a wide array of zooming to capture it all: landscapes, group shots, buildings, and more.

When it comes down to to the HD movie operation of the PowerShot 310 HS, it does more than just record. Video is captured at 1920 x 1080p high def at 24 fps, along with other resolution sizes. A button dedicated to movies helps you begin shooting movies quicker too, without a need to fumble through numerous menus. Other unique features for capturing video incorporate a wind filter plus optical zoom while capturing higher-quality range images. The 310 HS additionally encompasses a iFrame Movie Support by letting you to photograph using the Apple iFrame format for both Windows and Mac applications compatibility.

Videos are where the camera really performs. The videos are absolutely fantastic. You can shoot in 1080p, 720p or in 480i. The IS with videos is flawless. The initial video i shot was my kids playing ball and I moved the camera on purpose just to find out how the IS was going to work. After downloading the video and looking at it using a 60" TV, several times it looked as if the camera was mounted on a tripod. The IS is that good. The movie quality is first rate and a majority of my videos are recorded in 720p.

The video format is MOV. Prior Canon camera recorded videos in AVI. The ELPH 310 will not replay AVI files (which I discovered by swapping memory cards from old to new).

Shooting a 1080p movie results in a total video bit rate of approximately 36K kbps at 23 frames per second with audio bit rate of 1600kbps. Recording at a 720p had a total video bit rate of 25K kbps at 29 frames per second with an audio of 1600kbps. Audio is two channel stereo with 48kHz for both speeds.

However, there are a couple of things I wish were changed for recording video. Number one is the video size and the compression ratio. Using 1080p a 1 minute 45 second video is a 460MB size. Although this is HD video, however other cameras and some smart phones provide a similar quality and time using less space. Number two has to do with the removal of the "Time Lapse" function for video. The SD 870 IS had the capability to capture a video as time lapse and shoot an image every 1 to 2 seconds and subsequently stitch it into a motion video. I made use of that feature on many occasions and now it has disappeared. Announced Aug 23, 2011 ✓

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