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Canon PowerShot S300

Canon makes a major update to their original S100 "Digital ELPH": More zoom, more controls, and better photos. Hard to beat!

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Reference: Datasheet

Review First Posted: 4/5/2001

Digital Camera Data Sheet:
Canon PowerShot S300


Model Name:

Canon PowerShot S300 
Model Number: S300 
Camera Format: Ultra Compact 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price: $599.00
Street Price:  
Price Update Date: 2007-02-27
Date Available: 2001-06-30
Remote Control: No 
Remote Control Type: n/a 
Tripod Mount:  
Tripod Mount Material:  
Operating System: Windows, MacOS 
Weight: 8.5 oz (241 g)
Weight With Batteries?  
Size: 3.7 x 2.5 x 1.2 in.
(94 x 64 x 30 mm)
Warranty in Months:  
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480
Movie Resolution: 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 2.02
CCD Size (inches): 1/2.7 inch 
CCD Filter Type:  
CCD Manufacturer:  
Focal Length Multiplier:  
Movie Audio: Yes 
Quality Levels: 3
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 35 - 105 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Digital Zoom: Yes 
Digital Zoom Values: 2.5x 
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type:  
Auto Focus Assist Light?  
Auto Focus Min Illum:  
Auto Focus Step:  
Manual Focus:  
Manual Focus Steps:  
Normal Focus Range: 76 cm to Infinity
31.0 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 16 - 76 cm
6.5 - 31.0 in
Min Macro Area: 198 x 149 mm
7.8 x 5.9 in
Min Aperture:  
Max Aperture: f/2.7
Aperture Range Description: F2.7 (wide) / 4.7 (tele) - ??? 
Aperture Step Size:  
Lens Thread:  
Lens Thread Type:  
Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
Optical VF Type: Real-image optical zoom type 
Optical VF Accuracy: 1%
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD VF Accuracy: 1%
LCD Size (inches): 1.5
LCD Resolution: 120,000 dots
OLED Screen:  
Max Playback Zoom: 2.50
ISO Settings: 100, 150
ISO Rating Max: 150
Number of White Balance Settings: 5
White Balance Settings: Auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent 
Manual White Balance: No 
Longest Shutter Time:
Shortest Shutter Time: 1/1500 
Exp Adj Range: 2.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size: 0.33 EV
Metering Modes: Evaluative metering linked to one of three AiAF-selected autofocusing points 
Spot Metering: No 
Aperture Priority: No 
Shutter Priority: No 
Full Manual Exposure: No 
Self Timer: 10
Internal Flash: Yes 
No of Flash Modes: 5
Flash Modes: Red-eye reduction auto, auto, on, off, slow-synchro 
Flash Guide Number (Meters):  
Flash Range Default ISO (meters):  
Flash Range Description: 76cm - 3.5 meters (2.5 - 11.5 feet) 
No of Flash "Pops":  
Ext Flash: No 
Ext Flash Connection: n/a
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: CompactFlash Type 1 
Other Memory Types:  
Memory Included (MB): 8.0
Uncompressed Format:  
CCD Raw Format: No 
Compressed Format: JPEG 
Movie File Format: AVI (MotionJPEG / Mono Wave) 
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode Switchable: Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder:  
External Connections: Serial, USB 1.1
Other Connection: DC In 
Included Software: ArcSoft PhotoImpression and VideoImpression, Apple QuickTime 4.1, Canon RemoteCapture 1.3 and PhotoStitch 3.1 for Mac/Win, ZoomBrowser EX 2.6, PhotoRecord 1.2 and WIA / TWAIN for Win, ImageBrowser 1.6, PhotoShop plugin for Mac 
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS 
Performance Timing
Startup Time:  
Shutdown Time:  
Play -> Record:  
Record -> Play (max res):  
Record -> Play (min res):  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 1.150 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus:  
Shutter Lag, Prefocus: 0.060 seconds
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format:  
Cycle Time Max Res: 2.090 seconds
Cycle Time Min Res: 1.850 seconds
Buffer Frames, Max Res: 7
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 1.190
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 20.00
Movie Sec @ Max Res: 5.00
Movie Sec @ Min Res: 30.00
Download speed, KB/second:  
Battery Form Factor: NB-1L 
Usable Battery Types: Lithium Ion 
Batteries Included: NB-1L Lithium Ion
Battery Charger Included: Yes 
More Information
Notes & Features: Also offers 160 x 120 movie mode. ISO settings of 100 and 150 are selected automatically by the camera, and are not user-selectable. Max shutter speed of 1 second is only available in manual mode with flash off, or slow-synchro mode. All shots over 1/6 second have noise-reduction processing applied. Camera can be controlled via USB connection by PC for remote shooting. Direct printing to Canon CP-10 dye-sub printer via USB connection. No built in speaker so video playback in-camera has no sound. Billed as "World's smallest 2.1 megapixel digital camera with a 3X zoom lens" (Feb 2001). Bundled with Lithium Battery Pack NB-1L, Battery Charger CB-2LS, an 8MB CompactFlash Card (FC-8M), Interface Cable for USB (IFC-300PCU), AV Cable (AVC-DC100), Wrist Strap (WS-110), and PowerShot Solutions Software CD-ROM. Optional WP-DC100 underwater case available. 
Review URL: Review
Test Shots URL: Test Shots
Photo Gallery URL:  
Device Forum URL: Forum
Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website

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