Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230)

Last Updated (05 December’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ PCMAG

Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) is a 12.1-Megapixels CMOS Digital Camera with 8x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens. It features 28mm Wide-Angle Lens, 3.0-inch PureColor LCD Screen, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, Built-In Flash, SD/SDHC/SDXC/Eye-Fi Memory Card Slot, Smart AUTO & Intelligent IS Features, Optical Image Stabilizer, High-Speed Burst Mode, Ultra-Slim & Elegant Design. The camera measures (W x H x D) 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.9″ / 9.65 x 5.59 x 2.29 cm and weight 4.9 oz / 139 g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) Reviews

PCMAG reviews the Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) and writes;
“If you’re considering a compact camera with a little extra zoom, the PowerShot Elph 310 HS is worth a serious look. It easily fits into a pocket or purse and offers a capable 8x optically stabilized zoom lens. Plus, it delivers sharp images with little noise at higher ISO settings, and, on top of it all, captures full 1080p HD video.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) and writes;
“The camera also has a high-speed burst mode that can shoot 3-megapixel photos at up to 8.7fps. The results are very good compared with similar modes on other cameras I’ve tested, suitable for small prints and definitely for Web use.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steves-digicams reviews the Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) and writes;
“The new Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS is a fantastically powerful ultra-compact Digicam. Sporting a 12-Megapixel HS CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor and 8x optical zoom lens that make up the HS system, the camera captures extremely high quality images even in lower-lighting conditions.”
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Cameralabs reviews the Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) and writes;
“With an 8x optical zoom in a very compact body stability could be a problem, but Canon has upgraded its optical IS system making it more versatile as well as easier to use. Panning in both landscape and portrait orientations is automatically detected and there’s a new Powered IS option for additional stability at the telephoto end of the zoom range while shooting movies.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) and writes;
“The Canon IXUS 230 HS would be great as a Christmas present for someone in need of a new camera at this time of year.. If you’re looking for a budget digital compact camera for either yourself or as a present and you want good quality and good picture performance then you need to take a serious look at the new Canon IXUS 230 HS.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Imaging-resource reviews the Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) and writes;
“Detail is good at ISO 100 and 200, with visible softening of the finer details beginning at ISO 400. Chroma (color) noise remains fairly well controlled at all ISOs, though luminance noise visibly increases. Noise suppression efforts also blur details as the sensitivity increases. However, results at ISO 3,200 are better than average.”
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Techradar reviews the Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) and writes;
“Excellent image quality, even at high ISOs, complement a good range of features including full HD video and a high quality 8x zoom lens with image stabilisation.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Digitalversus reviews the Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) and writes;
“The Canon Ixus 230 HS films 1080p HD video at 24 frames per second. Video images are sharp but the white balance is inconsistent. Our test video features a train set with a train trundling continuously around a loop of track. We noticed that each time the train passed in front of the camera, it would readjust the white balance. Tones were therefore constantly being switch between warmer and cooler renderings.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Ephotozine reviews the Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) and writes;
“The IXUS 230 HS has improved on the IXUS 220 HS with more optical zoom, 3 inch LCD screen and a close focus distance of just 1cm. Although in terms of handling the cameras are both pretty similar, the IXUS 230 takes a better picture, particularly with regards to noise performance. With these improvements, plus full HD recording, creative modes and the wide range of colours it comes in, we are happy to recommend the Canon IXUS 230 HS.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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User Opinions

Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) User Reviews

Very Impressed By the performance of this camera
“When I started using this at Disneyland, my friends and I was amazed at the clarity of the pictures. Being a serious freelance photographer, it have a lot of high standards when it comes to picture quality, shutter speed, and overall satisfaction. I was blown away by this camera. Not only that, but I was also blown away by the 1080p quality of the video (wow).” – By Larry M. Chaney
Rating: ★★★★★

Great Quality.. After a Few Tweeks
“So far I’ve taken about 500 pictures and 20 videos (some 1080p others 720p) with the camera both inside and outside. Overall I’m impressed with the quality of the pictures and VERY impressed with the video quality.. The Image Stabilization (IS) feature is really nice to have. You can watch the camera adjusting for your minor movements that you may have when holding the camera up.” – By Matthew Prieto
Rating: ★★★★☆

Amazing camera, way better than the 300 HS
“The color in the pictures looks beautiful, pictures look vivid, the video is superb (literally, the quality looks like a legitimate video camera), the exterior is sleek and glossy (unlike the scratchy cheap look of the 300 HS), the zoom is unreal (i went to a concert and was standing very far from the stage and was able to get a 32x zoom on the singer’s face and the picture looks completely in focus and clear).” – By Amy Matsuno
Rating: ★★★★★

Awesome, tiny cam w/ one BIG caveat – don’t put it in your pocket
“The reach of the 8X zoom is great too, and with 12 mp of data, you have plenty of room to crop and blow up for an even closer shot. Detail at the telephoto end is excellent. Colors are very vivid and true-to life, a feature common to all 5 of our current Canon cameras. I dare say the image quality is as good as, or better than my beloved, but slow G7.” – By R. Vrshek
Rating: ★★★★☆

pro review: one of the most useful and versatile point-and-shoots also creates stunning images
“In good light, you can actually use the 12MP resolution to create stunning images. There is a tiny amount of chromatic aberration and an ever-so-slight softness around the edges (and no, it is not the same as my $2K Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 zoom) but it is actually quite impressive that this camera captures so much detail.” – By Roldan Pozo
Rating: ★★★★★

Crisp, clear pictures
“I just ordered mine and I hav enothingbut good thinsg to say about it! The large screen makes reviewing photos a pleasure. Colours are crisp and clear. I went out with a few friends to have dinner the night that I took it out of the box and it was a hit with them as well. They noticed the crisp colours and took note of the model – they were that impressed.” – By Nessalina
Rating: ★★★★★

“The 1080p video is easy to use and is awesome. The low light feature is the best out of any camera I have ever used and it is just awesome. The optical zoom is 8x but what is great is that you can go up to 32x zoom and the pictures are definitely not blurry.” – By Jhumph
Rating: ★★★★★

Takes great shots
“In any of the program modes it’s 8X’s and that’s it. I could not get those moon shots in any other mode but auto. I tried. But in auto the photographs are excellent considering the type of camera I used. I also like taking photos indoors without a flash. I was pleased with the outcome.” – By Charlotte
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) Features

The Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) offers a slim, brightly colored, and easy to use design that makes it more fun to capture images. This camera comes with 12.1 megapixels CMOS image sensor that combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor for stunning still images and quality 1080p HD videos. It has 8x Optical Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility, while an Optical Image Stabilizer as a sophisticated system reduce camera shake and vibration which lets you get a sharper, steadier image.



Besides puts files onto memory card quickly and efficiently, the Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor also expands the ISO range up to 3200 which enables the camera for shooting in low-light situations with blur-free images results. Not only does it, there is Canon HS SYSTEM that allows user to take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations. The camera also able to record Full HD 1080p video at 24fps, including 720p HD video at 30fps which can be started faster by utilizing a dedicated Movie Button. The video also is easy to enjoy and share by connecting your camera via HDMI terminal to your HDTV using an HDMI cable.


Additionally, Canon ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230) equipped with variety of advanced features for shooting images quality such as High-Speed Burst Mode, Super Slow Motion Movie, Intelligent IS, Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills, Movie Digest, Face Detection Technology including Smart Shutter, and much more.


+ 12.1MP CMOS Sensor

+ 3.0″ PureColor LCD Screen

+ 8x Optical Zoom 28-224 mm Lens

+ HD Movie Capture

+ Built-In Flash

+ SD/SDHC/SDXC/Eye-Fi Memory Card Slot

+ Smart AUTO & Intelligent IS Features

+ Optical Image Stabilizer

+ High-Speed Burst Mode

+ Ultra-Slim & Elegant Design

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