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The Canon Digital IXUS 310 HS was released in February 2011 as part of Canon's range of premium compact cameras with a lens designed for taking great shots in low-light situations. It is available in silver, gold, brown and pink for £244.00. The Canon Digital IXUS 310 HS is also known as the Canon Powershot ELPH 500 HS in America.
The camera is housed in a stylish metal body and has a large 3.2in LCD touch screen on the rear.
The IXUS 310 HS shoots movies in full 1080p HD which also utilises the optical zoom lens and has dynamic image stabilisation.
Smart Auto selects from 32 scenes and sets the required settings. For extra creativity the camera has aperture and shutter speed priority modes. Other creative modes include Fish-eye, Miniature and Toy Camera Effects. High-speed Burst modes takes photos at up to 8.2fps or to slow down the action, Super Slow Motions Movie mode shoots and at 1/8 of the speed.
- HS (High Speed) System
- 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor (12.1 MP)
- f/2.0, 24mm, 4.4x optical zoom lens
- Stainless steel body
- 3.2in PureColor II touch LCD screen
- Full HD with optical zoom and dynamic IS
- Smart Auto (32 scenes)
- High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie
- Movie Digest
- iFrame movie
- Creative modes & manual control
The CIPA test results suggest the camera is able to take 180 shots on a single charge, this isn't many so it is likely to prove worthwhile investing in a spare battery. The camera is ready to take images within a couple of seconds and is quick from shot-to-shot. Using High-speed Burst mode the camera took 3 megapixel images at 6.5fps, in continuous shooting mode it took 12.1 megapixel images at 1.7fps without the flash and 0.65fps with the flash.
There is no issue with noise at ISO100, with an increase seen at ISO200 and ISO400, but this doesn't have much of a negative impact on image quality. Detail starts to break down at ISO800 with a significant impact on the images at ISO1600 worse so at ISO3200. Colour retention is good throughout the high ISOs, there is clearly a loss in detail though.
The IXUS 310 HS reproduces colours really well and doesn't struggle in low-light thanks to its f/2.0 lens. The camera also has the ability to set the shutter speed or the aperture, as you can on a DSLR.
Under our incandescent lights in the studio the auto white-balance setting struggled and the incandescent preset gives a much better image. Under the fluorescent lights, the auto white-balance setting gives excellent results.
The IXUS 310 HS has a range of creative modes such as Fish-eye, Miniature, Toy Camera and Creative Light Effects, as well as Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Colour Accent and Colour Swap. Below are examples using some of the modes.
|Monochrome, ISO100, 1/1250, f/2.8, 4.3mm (35mm equiv: 24mm)||Super Vivid, ISO100, 1/1600, f/2.8, 4.3mm (35mm equiv: 24mm)|
|Toy Camera, ISO100, 1/1250, f/2.8, 4.3mm (35mm equiv: 24mm)||Miniature, ISO100, 1/60, f/2.8, 4.3mm (35mm equiv: 24mm)|
Video ModeThe camera shoots full HD videos and also allows the use of optical (4.4x) and digital (18x) zoom and is supported by dual image stabilisation. Further videos can be seen on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel.
Value For MoneyThe IXUS 310 HS is available for £244.99. Other compact cameras with fast lenses to consider are: Sony Cyber-shot WX10, 16.2 megapixel, 7x optical zoom f/2.4 at £249.99; Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70, 14.1 megapixel, 5x optical zoom, f/2.2 at £223.99 and Nikon Coolpix P300, 12.2 megapixel, 4.2x optical zoom, f/1.8 at £244.99. All of these cameras record videos at full 1080p HD.
|The Canon IXUS 310 HS is an ideal camera for those who have a bigger budget and want more from a compact camera.|
Canon IXUS 310 HS: ProsAperture and shutter priority modes
Full HD movies
Responsive touch screen
Plenty of creative filters
Well built and looks great
Canon IXUS 310 HS: ConsOnly 4.4x optical zoom
Quite a short battery life
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
|Optical zoom||4.4x optical zoom, 4.3 - 18.8mm (35mm equiv: 24 - 105mm), f/2.0-5.8|
|Max image size||4000 x 3000|
|Focus points||AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed frame) or Touch AF with Object and Face Select and Track|
|ISO sensitivity||ISO100 - 3200|
|Metering system||Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or Touch AF frame)|
|Exposure compensation||+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments|
|Shutter speed range||15 - 1/1600sec|
|Frames-per-second||Approx. 3.4 shots/sec, High-speed Burst (3.0MP): Approx. 8.0 shots/sec|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (lens shift-type), Approx. 4-stop. Dynamic IS (in Movie)|
|Movie mode||1080p HD @ 24fps|
|Monitor||3.2in TFT Touch, 16:9 aspect ratio, approx. 461,000 dots|
|Media type||SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus Memory Card|
|Interface||Hi-Speed USB, HDMI Mini Connector|
|Power||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L|
|Box Contents||Wrist strap, battery charger, battery pack, AV cable, interface cable, software|
|Size||100.6 x 55.4 x 25.0mm|