Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS Review

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Canon introduced two budget compacts early in 2016 and the ELPH 360 is the better of the two options. For $50 more, the 360 gives a better sensor, even more zoom, and faster performance over the $159 ELPH 190.

The Canon ELPH 360 captures images with a 1/2.3″ CMOS that’s also backlit. While the size is the same as the 190, the backlit design offers better overall performance. The lens has a great 12x zoom, even though it isn’t very bright. The f/7 maximum aperture when using the full zoom isn’t going to do very well indoors or in limited light. The expanded ISO range over the 190 presents better low light efficiency, but don’t expect great results from the lens.

Speed on the 360 is pretty slow–the burst velocity is just 2.5 fps. That’s an improvement over the 190’s .8, however.

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS Price

The Canon ELPH 360 also has better video, at the 1080p resolution, though still at a slow 30 fps frame rate. As the 360 is definitely a budget camera, it does offer wi-fi.

The Canon ELPH 360 may be the better option over the 190, but the “you get what you pay for the idea” still applies. The speed is pretty gradual and features are fairly minimal. Before you buy, consider some older cameras that have lower price points because of their age, not reduced features, like the Panasonic ZS45, Nikon S6800, Sony WX220, or Panasonic ZS50.

The Canon ELPH 360 is a basic-looking digital camera, offering a solid colored body with no trim colors. Because this model is designed as a basic, easy to use the camera, it doesn’t have many buttons, allowing it to have a clean looking design.

You will have to work through the camera’s menus to make the majority of changes to the ELPH 360’s settings, thanks to the minimal number of buttons in the camera’s design. Because this camera offers such small buttons, it can be uncomfortable to use them. And you may make mistakes when pressing the edges of the four-way key because it’s so small.

It measures only 0.9 inches in thickness, which can make it a little tough to hold steady. But it will fit into a pocket easily.

Because the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS is such a thin camera, having a 12X optical zoom lens is a nice feature that’s not always available on thin, point and shoot cameras. For example, a Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 shows this older camera has only a 5X optical zoom lens.

The Canon 360 doesn’t include a viewfinder, so you’ll need to use the LCD screen to frame all photos. Canon gave the PowerShot ELPH 360 a 3.0-inch screen (measured diagonally) of above average quality with 461,000 pixels of resolution. It would’ve been helpful to have a touch display screen LCD for the inexperienced photographers at which Canon provides aimed the ELPH 360, but this camera’s display screen has no touch or tilting capabilities.

You’ll find both a USB slot and an HDMI interface with the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS.

Image Quality

Canon squeezed 20.2 megapixels onto a 1/2.3-inch image sensor with the ELPH 360 HS, meaning this model has more resolution than many inexpensive cameras. For instance, a Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS implies that the older camera has 16.1MP of resolution. But the ELPH 360’s image sensor is very small with regards to physical size, equal to the old ELPH 320, which limits the overall picture quality for the ELPH 360.

The small image sensor’s problems are noticeable primarily in poor lighting conditions. If you’re shooting outdoors with plenty of light, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 will generate pleasing images that are sharply focused and vibrantly colored. As with most entry-level cameras, Canon did not include any ability to shoot in the RAW image format with this model – JPEG only.

One of the reasons this camera can perform quickly in adequate outdoor lighting is because of the above normal autofocus feature Canon provided. When the light in the scene is strong, the PowerShot ELPH 360’s autofocus mechanism is definitely fast and accurate, especially compared to other stages and shoot cameras.

Battery Life

One of the biggest problems with the Canon ELPH 360 is its below-average battery lifestyle. You’ll receive less than 200 pictures per charge, in large part because Canon got to shrink the electric battery for this camera to keep its slender profile. Poor battery lifestyle is a common problem for really thin point and shoot cameras.

Canon did give the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS a separate battery pack charger, meaning you can charge the battery outside the camera. So if you choose to purchase a second battery to combat this model’s poor electric battery lifespan, you may be charging one battery in the included charger, while using the second electric battery with the camera.

Although Canon gave the PowerShot 360 HS built-in WiFi and NFC connectivity, both features will drain the battery quickly, which makes it hard to use these features regularly unless you want to purchase a second battery.

Canon Powershot 360 HS Review Wrap Up

Versus various other models on our best stage and shoot digital camera list, the Canon PowerShot 360 doesn’t offer a standout feature … other than an impressive price. It does have several solid features that make this a good value among spending budget-priced models. The ELPH 360 HS just missed making our best camera under $200 list, however, the ELPH 350 did make that list. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS is nearly identical to the newer ELPH 360. So if you’re looking to save a bit of money, have a look at the ELPH 350 in our above mentioned sub-$200 lists. But if you’re looking for a slight improvement in functionality speed over that model, the newer Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS will deliver.

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