Our brand now Canon ELPH 300 HS arrived in the mail today, overnighted on our trial of Amazon Prime. With a price tag of $250, I was a little worried about my purchase, wondering if I made the right decision or not, but I have no doubts now.
I ripped the package open, but my beloved new camera and I had to soon part ways, as Sara and I had a hot date at the movie theater. I quickly loaded the battery into the charger, and we left. (We saw The Adjustment Bureau, by the way, and it was fantastic.)
When we got back, the battery was fully charged, and I proceeded to take several pictures around the house. The camera did surprisingly well in low light scenes. My dim lit hallway, and bedroom with the curtains closed, turned out much better than I expected. My last camera was the Canon SD8901 IS, and I loved the great 5x optical zoom it gave me, which was practically unique for the point and shoot market at the time, but I had become adjusted to dimmer pictures under low-light situations. Surprisingly, the ELPH 500 not only gave me lighter pictures in surprisingly low light, but they even had less noise than the dimmer pictures of the SD890!
Sara wanted to see a side by side comparison of the photos on the monitor, so we took identical pictures of our new easter frog decoration with each camera, and I cropped them at 100% zoom so you can see the difference.
This actually took two tries, because on the first try, the 890 decided to focus on the curtain in the background rather than the frog in the foreground. -1 point for the 890. After some more SD card swapping, we got the images below (click to zoom!).
You can see that the 300 (left side) has much better image quality at 100% zoom. There is much less noise, and the colors just appear more vibrant. In comparison, the 890, while still producing a great picture, obviously falls behind. What’s more, the 300 is a 12.1 MP camera, vs the 890 being a 10 MP camera. The resolution isn’t a huge difference, but what stands out to me is how the 300, even with having greater resolution, still has less noise then the 890 with less resolution.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on the 300′s HD recording. It’s amazing.