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Old Feb 11, 2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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Default Digic 4 plus f/3.1 or Digic 5 plus f/3.5?

Hi guys,

I'm not an expert in the photography field but have been reading quite a lot in the past weeks and still confused...


Which will give me a better low light quality pictures:
  1. Canon ELPH 300 HS: Digic 4 and aperture f/2.7 (shutter 1/2000)
  2. Canon FX 230 HS: Digic 4 and aperture f/3.1 (shutter 1/3200)
  3. Canon FX 260 HS: Digic 5 and aperture f/3.5 (shutter 1/3200)
Price difference could be justified if it will be relfected in the pics quality and 5x zoom is already fine (20x is better but if low light quality is not compromized)

Thanks in advance for the input.
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 1:32 PM   #2
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Have been advised on another forum to consider upper choice 3 or Elph 320

What do you think?
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 6:11 PM   #3
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The ELPH 300HS claims to improve low light use due to its HS sensor- as opposed to a fast(wide aperture) lens.
The SX230HS uses the same sensor,but with a slightly slower f/3.1 lens.
Looking at the specs on the new SX260HS,I'd guess this also uses the "HS" sensor,though again- a slower lens of f/3.5...
Another to consider is the ELPH SD4000 IS- utilising a 10mp CMOS sensor AND a faster f/2.0 lens- both of which should help in low light.
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 11:08 PM   #4
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Well, I'm certainly no expert either, but we have both the Elph 300 HS and the SX230 HS and for what it's worth, the Elph goes with me in my pocket everyday, everywhere. It really does a fine job in the shop documenting progress of various projects under mostly sketchy florescent lighting. The 230 is no slouch either, we love the zoom, but the 300 just feels good in my hands and does the job admirably, even videos.

Guess it all depends on your intents, but I don't think you can go wrong either way.

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Old Feb 13, 2012, 2:37 AM   #5
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actually the sd4000 is not only has a darn fast lens, but it has the HS sensor, as well. it just isn't as obviously labeled in the u.s. outside the u.s., it's the ixus 300 hs. my husband has one, and it's pretty neat. i have the sx230 is, and it's got plenty of zoom, which i like, and can do a pretty nice pic, too, but in lower light, the 4000 trumps it.

haven't gotten to play with a digic 5 camera yet.
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 10:50 PM   #6
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Thanks for your replies.

Wasn't aware of the sd 4000 IS that apparently would do a good low light job but it isn't available in my country.

Guess I will go for either ELPH 320 HS or SX 260: do you think that there is a big IQ difference between f/3.1 and f/3.5 with all this new technology (processors allowing better use of ISO, HS...)?
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No, I'm sure the Digic 5 more than makes up for the 1/3 stop difference.

Go for the newer model.
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Thanks for this very clear confirmation; will get an sx260
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