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Canon IXUS 310 HS review

The high-performance compact with a sense of style

Our Verdict

Touch-screen aficionados will revel at the size and clarity of the 310 HS' monolithic LCD

For

  • Excellent build quality
  • Full HD movies
  • HDMI connectivity
  • Impressive low light performance
  • Good image quality

Against

  • Touch screen controls can prove fiddly at times
  • Images tend to be soft overall
  • Price is a little high

Image quality from the 310 HS is very pleasing, rendering natural colours with just enough punch to liven up your shots and a good level of detail. By default, jpegs (there's no option to shoot RAW) tend to turn out a little on the soft side, but a bit of sharpening in post crisps things up nicely.

Unfortunately, chromatic aberration is quite prominent in areas of high contrast, visible in some scenes even without zooming into 100%. On the other hand, distortion at the extremes of the lens' focal lengths and vignetting are well-controlled and white balance performance is pretty accurate under a range of lighting conditions.

Noise is present from around ISO 800, but remains unobtrusive throughout the 310 HS' sensitivity range. The camera's on-board noise reduction does a good job of keeping images looking squeaky clean, however the price you pay is loss of detail and contrast, with a fair degree of softening at the top end of the ISO range.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyIXUS
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom4.4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Smart Capture, Continuous Shooting Mode, Aperture Priority, Manual White Balance
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)185 g
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Height55.4 mm
Width100.6 mm
Depth25 mm
Autofocus Points9
Focal Length4.30 mm to 18.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Flash Exposure Compensation
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model310 HS
Product NameIXUS 310 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5132B005
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The IXUS 310 HS boasts a large, intuitive touchscreen, with high-speed functions and Full HD movies. A bright f/2.0, 24mm ultra wide lens, and the HS System capture incredible shots, day or night.

Battery Life180 Shot
Package Contents
  • IXUS 310 HS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery NB-6L
  • Charger
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year