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The listing of best Canon cameras for party photos include compact point and shoot and ultra-compact cameras affordable under the $300 price range. The below listed cameras are lightweight and support high portability along with a burst rate of at least 3 fps (frames per second) for capturing moving subjects (including moving people in parties). Check out the Powershot line of cameras from Canon for capturing your party photos which also include rugged models, available in wide variety of colors.

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Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS


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Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
Canon PowerShot S120
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS (IXUS 265 HS)
Canon EOS M
Canon PowerShot D20
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
Canon PowerShot S120 Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS (IXUS 265 HS)
Canon EOS M Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens
Canon PowerShot  D20 Waterproof Light Field Camera
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Release Date
Mar 2014
Aug 2013
May 2014
Jul 2012
May 2012
Frames Per Second
3.9 Frames
12.1 Frames
3.9 Frames
4.3 Frames
10.3 Frames
Weight
0.41 lb.
0.48 lb.
0.32 lb.
0.46 lb.
0.5 lb.
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Ultracompact
Compact System Camera, Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Optical Zoom
18.0 x
5.0 x
12.0 x
5.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
17.9 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
1.97 mm
2.5 mm
26.7 mm
7.7 mm

  • The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a slim camera with an 18x zoom lens and Wi-Fi, but its images are on the noisy side.


  • There’s a lot to like about Canon’s latest midrange travel-zoom compact. The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a doddle to operate thanks to simple menus and sensible controls, plus autofocusing, exposure metering and auto white balance all perform admirably.
    The camera’s extra features are a bit of a mixed bag though.


  • If you're looking for a reliable camera with a decent zoom range and that is capable of producing good quality images – without too much input from you – the SX600HS is a good option.


  • The Canon PowerShot S120 delivers impressive image quality in a compact package with Raw shooting capability, but it's not quite an Editors' Choice.


  • The price of the S120 is an eye-watering £449.00 / $449.99, up £20 in the UK, which puts it on a price-par with the class-leading Sony Cyber-shot RX100, itself bested by the RX100 Mark II, albeit at an even higher price-point. Despite the improvements, we still feel that the RX100 with its much larger sensor delivers even better results than the S120, making it our choice in the "pocketable compact camera for enthusiasts" sector of the market.


  • As it stands though the S120 can still be squeezed into most pockets which keeps it unique against most of its competition - indeed only the Lumix LF1 challenges it in this regard. And if it is a genuinely pocketable enthusiast-class compact you're after then you should be comparing the S120 very closely against the LF1 and also seeing what that extra 1cm of thickness gets you from the RX100 II.


  • The Canon IXUS 265 HS is a small, slim camera with a versatile zoom that's easy to use and stylish enough to impress your friends, with some unique creative features such as the Hybrid Auto and Creative Shot modes to keep you entertained. The built-in wi-fi also ensures that the Canon IXUS 265 HS will appeal to the smartphone user, although sadly there's no touchscreen interface on this model.

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    This little ELPH delivers a lot of power and convenience, with as 12X zoom and NFC Wi-Fi on board. Creative Shot mode delivers artsy results, and image quality is high overall. If you don't need an extremely fast lens or a quick full-resolution burst mode, this slim point-and-shoot is worth a good look.


  • Cameras like the 340 are a reason why smartphones are winning the compact point-and-shoot war. Despite the 340 having an optical zoom lens and other easy-to-use features, most new smartphones are just as good in terms of functionality and image quality, if not better in many cases. We are shocked and disappointed that image quality seems to have been downgraded, no thanks to lesser specs. Throwing in Wi-Fi and NFC really doesn’t solve the convenience factor that smartphones offer. If there were an argument for not carrying two devices, it would be this.


  • While it provides one of the best touch-screen experiences in its class and the compact body is quite comfortable to shoot with, the Canon EOS M's disappointing performance and blah feature set make it less attractive than competitors.


  • The EOS M, Canon's first compact interchangeable lens camera, feels polished on the outside, but its poor performance makes it clear that you're looking at a first-generation product.


  • In conclusion it is the picture quality that counts however, and we were pleasantly surprised and impressed with the output from the EOS M. If you want EOS quality, yet from a smaller form factor, whilst not perfect in every single regard (and which "first attempt" ever is?), this camera can deliver.


  • The GPS-equipped Canon PowerShot D20 is a well-built but large rugged camera with a sharp lens. It produces good-looking images at every supported ISO, but isn't the fastest tough camera that we've tested.


  • The Canon D20 has a very different design than its predecessor, has a completely different sensor, and even includes a different lens. So, this new camera isn't so much of an update it's more of a reboot of Canon's waterproof PowerShot. Some of the design alterations made by Canon are solid, but others miss the mark. The D20 is bigger and heavier than its predecessor, and it also has a strange shape on its left side that doesn't offer a very good grip.


  • Our initial thoughts about the Canon Powershot D20 weren't good. It has a rather poor dynamic range which really shone through on the first set of pictures we took with it. The camera's metering prefers the darker areas over the light and will happily bleach out the sky to keep the shadows. With i-Contrast, the camera should be able to recover shadows, so it's worth exposing for the sky, o at least 60% sky, 40% ground, then use i-Contrast.

    Canon want people to go out and have fun with the PowerShot D20.


Top 5 canon camera for party photos:

  1. Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
  2. Canon PowerShot S120 Digital Camera
  3. Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS (IXUS 265 HS)
  4. Canon EOS M Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens
  5. Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Light Field Camera