- Editor's Rating
- Good image quality
- Smart Auto mode is intuitive
- Compact design makes it easy to carry anywhere
- Macro mode was extremely fun to use
- Wide range of creative in-camera functions
- Lack of responsiveness in touchscreen
- Video quality was mediocre
- High ISO results in image grain and loss of detail
The Canon PowerShot 320 HS is a good camera for anyone who likes to shoot in auto mode. With a 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 images processor and Wi-Fi capabilities, the camera is easy to use and produces high quality images. The device has an ISO range of 100-3,200 which gives it flexibility with varied light conditions. The Canon PowerShot 320 HS is priced at $199 at the time of the review.
The camera is 2.2 x 3.7 x .8-inches in size and weighs 5.1 ounces with a 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen, which replaces a standard viewfinder. DigitalCameraReview found the touchscreen to have poor responsiveness and sensitivity and noted a need to use two hands when operating the camera. DCR noted the LCD is easy to see outside in extreme lighting conditions. The Canon PowerShot 320 HS has both auto and program modes and DCR found the auto mode to be simple and intuitive while also producing high quality images. DCR was also impressed with the macro shooting option within the Smart Auto function. The camera also features Wi-Fi capabilities, which allows users to upload photos and videos directly from the camera to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
DCR noted the camera has six stabilization modes and found it to have a decent battery life. The shutter lag is .24 seconds. Buyers may want to be aware that the Canon PowerShot 320 HS has only a 5x zoom, stretching from 24mm to 120mm. DCR noted that \”image quality is where the Canon PowerShot 320 HS really shines.\” DCR found the color rendition to be good and noted the auto white balance in the Smart Auto function tested positively in the field. The camera has three levels of video; 1080 HD, 720 HD and 480. DCR found the video quality to be similar to that of the still images, but noted \”the end result was a video that was rather choppy.\”
Overall, DCR was impressed with the \”highly intuitive nature\” of the Canon PowerShot 320 HS, especially when shooting in auto mode. DCR did note drawbacks in the lack of responsiveness of the LCD touchscreen and mediocre video quality, but commented that the Canon PowerShot 320 HS is perfect \”for those people who want a point and shoot that can handle itself in a multitude of situations with grace and speed.\”