The Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS is a camera that can do it all. From gorgeous pictures to HD video, this little camera packs a big punch when it comes to features and ease of use.
Some key features of this camera include:
• 16.1 Megapixels
• Wi-Fi Enabled
• 5x Zoom, 24 mm Wide-Angle Lens
• Full 1080p HD Video
• 3.2 Inch Touch Panel LCD
What interested us the most in this camera was the HD video capacity and the wide angle lens. Having been disappointed in the past with other digital cameras only offering lower resolutions for video, we were excited to see that the 320 had 1080p HD along with a wide-angle lens to boot! The Wi-Fi feature was also a draw to this camera and we will get into that later.
The HD Video has a built in stabilizer that provides for a shake free recording of videos. This feature is a must as it really helps create professional looking videos. The wide angle lens is another professional recording feature, so that you can include more in your videos – especially up close. All of the features can be customized right from the built in touch screen and menu system. We found the learning curve to be about an hour to discover all of the features and make changes confidently on the fly.
In picture mode this camera can strut its stuff. Beautiful 16.1 megapixel photographs that have all of the rich details of the moment captured. The optical image stabilizer is a feature that creates professional looking photographs and the PureColor LCD system allows you to view and frame your shots in high resolution. An interesting feature of this camera is Face ID which allows your camera to learn the faces of your family members or friends. Simply take a picture of up to 12 faces you would like the camera to register, then enter names and ages. Once a person is registered, the camera will pick him or her out of a group (even against a busy background) and adjust focus and exposure to his or her face, even recognizing faces in profile.
This camera has so many features that we could not possible list all of them in this article. However, what struck us the most was that even with all of the features packed into this little photographers dream, it was still very easy to learn and use. Check out the full list of features by visiting the Amazon.com product page on this camera.
Finally we have to tell you about the Wi-Fi enabled features. The built in Wi-Fi wireless technology makes capturing images and HD videos easy to transfer to smart phones, computers and tablets. Compatible with Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n wireless standard), this camera can connect with compatible home networks or to wireless access points. No need to pull out that USB cable, now you can transfer photographs and videos easily. The setup process is not exactly easy, but the supplied manual has detailed instructions that worked for us. Once you setup on your computer or tablet, connecting to your device is automatic.
The Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS is a dream come true for us. It combines the best of a digital camera with a HD video camera, all in a small hand held device. The features of this camera will have us taking videos and pictures for a long time to come and will be the perfect camera for sharing YouTube videos and more. We highly suggest a compatible small case for storage and the 32 GB SDHC card for external storage. An extra battery or two is also a good idea if you plan on taking a lot of videos!