canon 300hs

I’ve been recording videos on YouTube for a few months year now, and I’m beginning to get the hang of vlogging. I’ve been using my phone (Samsung Galaxy Nexus) for almost every vlog prior to today. The problem with the Galaxy Nexus is that it has a pretty weaksensor for video quality and lacks video stabilization. It’s not bad, it records in 1080p and blah blah but the sensor just isn’t that great so the videos are just ok.  MOVING ON! Today we started using the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS.

The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS is towards the lower end of the PowerShot ELPH line with 530 HS being top of the ELPH line. However, the ELPH 300 HS is an amazing camera for video and photos. It’s affordable at about 200 bucks or lower on Amazon. This camera records up to 1080p great with it’s 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, and has optical image stabilization.  Most phones or cheap cameras have digital image stabilization, but it’s usually pretty crappy. The optical image stabilization is hardware in the lens and does an amazing job of smoothing out the video. I’m really bad at keeping a steady hand when recording video, and it’s really obvious when I use my smart phone, but with this 300 HS it’s so much more smoother. This camera also has a 24mm wide angle lens which does a great job of recording everything in frame, not just my forehead when pointing it at myself to vlog. OH one more thing, the CMOS sensor does a really good job in low light too, really good job.

My only con I’ve had about this camera so far, is the audio get’s pretty bad in a light wind. Not even crazy wind storm, just moderate amount of wind and it sounds like a hurricane outside. I’ll work on figuring out better ways to avoid all the wind, might even be an option in the software but I’ll update this if I find out. Overall though, this 300 HS is an amazing camera for the price. This doesn’t have a touch screen, but it’s simple to use with the control knob and buttons. When looking for a good vlogging camera, make sure your camera has the following:

  • records in at least 720p or above
  • good CMOS sensor
  • optical image stabilization
  • wide angle lens


Recorded this video with it:

Edited the video in Adobe Premiere – 720p at 3mb data per sec – video length at 8 mins around 200mb total file size.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)