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Review: Canon IXUS 310 HS

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An ideal pocket camera is one that is compact, full of features, can take impressive pictures and shoot high definition.

Canon’s new IXUS 310 HS ticks all of these boxes and more with 12.1 megapixel resolution, a 24mm wide-angle lens and 4.4x optical zoom.

The IXUS 310 HS also has a large 3.2-inch high resolution LCD touchscreen for easy framing and playback.

 



In terms of size, the device can easily fit in the palm of your hand. It is 10cm wide, 5.5cm long and 2.5cm thick and weighs 165g.

The sensor aboard the IXUS 310 HS is Canon’s Digic 4 image processor and it captures excellent quality images which are sharp in a wider range of lighting condtions.

Even in low light the camera has a special shooting mode to reduce noise and provide blur-free results.

The Canon IXUS 310 HS

It helps to have a decent lens and the IXUS 310 HS has a Canon 24mm ultra-wide angle lens has a fast shutter speed so you won’t miss your shot along with an image stabiliser that takes the shakes out of your pictures.

It was only when we were at the limit of the optical and digital zoom that we noticed some jagged edges but it wasn’t often when we needed to hit the limit of the IXUS 310 HS’s zoom capabilities so this was hardly an issue.

On the rear of the camera is a huge bright LCD touchscreen so all of the features can be accessed via the display.

Another advantage of the touchscreen is Touch AF (auto-focus) which was one of our favourite features.

Touch AF lets the user simply touch the area of the image they’d like to focus on. Once the area or object is selected it will lock on to it even if you move the camera slightly.

We found the touchscreen easy to navigate and responsive. But not having physical keys does mean it takes an extra click or two to perform basic functions like deleting your last image or accessing the menu.

It’s also a shame the icons on the touchscreen don’t adjust when you turn the camera on its side to take a deep portrait shot. So when holding it in this vertical position the icons were still portrayed horizontally.

The Canon IXUS 310 HS has a 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen

The Canon lens is good not just for still images but it can also capture some impressive full HD quality video – which was surprisingly good considering it was being shot with such a small product.

Videos are captured at a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 in the iFrame format which means they are compatible with Apple’s iMovie software for easier importing and editing. And the videos can also be shared to a flatscreen TV via the HDMI out port. The videos we shot on the IXUS 310 HS looked stunning on a 50-inch plasma.

As much as it is an impressive point and shoot camera in Auto mode, users can still get creative with the ability to take control of the aperture and shutter speed.

High speed photography is also a possibility with some functions. High Speed Burst captures 3.4 shots per second at full resolution or 8.2 shots per second at a reduced 3 megapixels.

Best Image Selection snaps off five photographs in quick sequence and checks the quality of each one before saving the best to the memory card.

Handheld Night Scene also captures multiple shots before merging them together to create one image with the least amount of blur possible without using a tripod.

Super slow motion videos can also be captured at 120 frames per second (fps) or 240fps so when they are played back at the regular 24fps the action slows right down – handy for analysing a golf swing or capturing sports action.

Another excellent feature of the IXUS 310 HS was the selection of shooting modes and effects which can be applied to your pictures like fish-eye lens, toy camera, miniature plus monochrome for sepia and black and white shots.

There are even modes for shooting fireworks and foliage.

The Canon IXUS 310 HS is an excellent all-round camera that is small enough to take anywhere with the assurance you will always capture top quality pictures and video.

Canon IXUS 310 HS

Price: $449

Four and half (out of five stars)

www.canon.com.au