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Canon offers the best compact and ultra-compact digital cameras under the Powershot product line. The ultra-compact Powershot cameras combine the sleek design with performance features and are best suited for usage during parties and vacations. Some of the below listed point and shoot digital cameras support ultra-zooming features starting from a optical zoom range of over 6x and over 14 Megapixel resolution.

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Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS Light Field
Canon IXUS 220 HS / PowerShot ELPH 300 HS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS / IXUS 230 HS
Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS/IXUS 130
Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS Light Field Camera
Canon IXUS 220 HS / PowerShot ELPH 300 HS  Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS / IXUS 230 HS Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS   IXUS 130 Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Silver Digital Camera
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Release Date
Feb 2012
Feb 2011
Aug 2011
Feb 2010
Mar 2009
Camera Type
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
5.0 x
8.0 x
4.0 x
3.0 x
Resolution
10.1 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
14.5 Megapixel
12.4 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CCD
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
2.5 in.
Image Sensor Size
6.0 mm
7.7 mm
7.7 mm

  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS is a good choice for those already happy with their smartphone's photos and movie clips, but looking for a cute little camera with a long zoom and faster performance.


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS packs a 12x zoom lens into a very compact body that's sure to turn heads. But this pretty camera is hampered by a tiny sensor that produces noisy images at middle to high ISO settings.


  • The Canon IXUS 500 HS is a good attempt to marry the classic styling of the IXUS range with a big zoom lens, but the tiny controls, poor battery life, so-so image quality at high ISO speeds and the eye-watering price-tag detract somewhat from its overall appeal.


  • In summing up, whilst the Canon IXUS 220 HS is not the most innovative model of recent months to land on our test slab, all things considered it's another Recommended award from the Photographyblog team of testers for anyone looking for an undemanding good value pocket camera that will deliver decent image quality with the minimum of fuss. Exciting it may not be, but at times you just want a camera that does the job of an aide memoire and don't want to spend a fortune to get it.


  • The Canon ELPH 300 HS / IXUS 220 HS is a gorgeous little camera that seems to strike the perfect balance between size, features and ease of use. It's 2mm thinner than the ELPH 310 HS / IXUS 230 HS and slightly smaller in the other dimensions, and although that doesn't sound a lot, it makes a world of a difference in your hand, where it nestles snugly and feels rather nice too thanks to an all-over texture coating. This is a camera you really have to feel in your hand to appreciate.


  • - Limited exposure control. 8fps shooting limited to 3MP.
    - The quality of images produced exceeded expectation and go some way to rivalling higher-tech counterparts thanks to its high quality lens, 12.1MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and Digic4 processer.


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 310 HS is certainly a recommendable camera. It takes nice photos, it's relatively simple to operate, and it's well priced for what you're getting. Snapshooters looking to improve on the photo quality of their smartphones and actually have an optical zoom without feeling weighed down should check it out.


  • Canon's compact PowerShot Elph 310 HS packs an 8x zoom lens into a body that can slide into your shirt pocket with ease. When you consider its high-res LCD, excellent image quality, and 1080p HD video capture capability you have a camera that earns our Editors' Choice.


  • The Canon IXUS 310 HS' swollen proportions suggest a 16x travel zoom capability might lurk beneath its exterior so it's a slight disappointment to find a 4.4x optical zoom in its place. Whilst this is adequate for everyday snapping, it's therefore left to the rear 3.2-inch, 461k dot LCD to deliver the wow factor.


  • The PowerShot SD1400 IS is another stylish ultracompact from Canon with features and performance that are stuck in the past.


  • The Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS is a great choice if you want a very small camera that's easy to use and produces high-quality images. If you have big hands, though, the controls might be too tiny.

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    Like its predecessor, I enjoyed spending time with the SD1400 IS. It's small, sleek and easily transportable, and has very good build quality. It takes nice-looking photos and movies and has many interesting features. It has a high-quality lens that takes sharp pictures with small amounts of distortion.

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    I hand-picked the Canon SD780 IS from the range of Spring 2009 digital cameras, hoping it would be a good performer, as I expect its appearance alone to make it a great seller. We've even see other sites give it a positive review. Though we really like the way the camera works, and at least two of us had it on our short list as our next pocket camera, the fact that it can't exceed the capabilities of the two-year-old 7.1-megapixel Canon SD1000 scuttled our plans.


  • If you need an ultracompact camera for your pocket or purse, strongly consider the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS.


  • The SD780 IS, Canon's least-expensive HD-capable point-and-shooter, is probably smaller than many smartphones and takes excellent images.


Top 5 ultra-compact canon digital camera:

  1. Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS Light Field Camera
  2. Canon IXUS 220 HS / PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Digital Camera
  3. Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS / IXUS 230 HS Digital Camera
  4. Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS IXUS 130 Digital Camera
  5. Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Silver Digital Camera