Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS Review

Written by Gina Stephens

Dictate if the Canon Elph 360 HS is right for you by reading our review.

If you’re the kind of photographer who wants a camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or that offers at least one impressive “wow” main attraction that you can show off to your friends and family, the Canon ELPH 360 probably isn’t the camera for you. As my Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS reviewing shows, this point and shoot camera has plenty of really strong features, but nothing with this camera will elicit the oohs and aahs you may be seeking.

Then again, as the case may be the ELPH 360 does have one impressive feature: A low starting price. Although the ELPH 360 is only a few dollars away from complementary the sub-$200 starting price of some of its predecessors, such as is shown in a Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS, the PowerShot ELPH 360 even provides value at its starting price, thanks to a 12X optical zoom lens, a lack of shutter lag, and a camera body that measures just 0.9 inches in thickness.


Summarization: The extremely thin Canon may refer to PowerShot 360 follows in the footsteps of past ELPH ELPH may refer to: Canon Digital IXUS series, sold as the PowerShot Digital ELPH in US and Canada Canon ELPH (series) Canon ELPH models, offering a host of solid features in an easy to use construct at a desirable price point.

WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: A quick as lightning camera available at a budget price point.

Price: $199 from Amazon
To hand: January 2016

What We Liked

  • Fast performance with limited shutter lag versus other inexpensive cameras
  • Image quality is above typically versus similarly priced models
  • Thin camera fits easily in a pocket
  • Plenty of fun special effect shooting modes
  • Sharp LCD small screen

What We Didn’t

  • Image quality when shooting in low light or with the flash isn’t as good as it should be
  • Camera’s completion speeds suffer greatly when using the flash
  • No options for full manual control over photos
  • No touch screen LCD or tilting LCD choices
  • Battery life is below average
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS Key Specs

Image Sensor Type1/2.3-inch
Optical Zoom Lens12X
Articulating Camouflage


HD Video

Avg Battery Life180 photos
Weight5.19 oz
Size3.92 x 2.28 x 0.9 inches
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Design and Build

The simple design of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 — which is readily obtainable in silver, black, or purple — includes a 12X optical zoom lens.

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

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

It measures only 0.9 inches in thickness, which can make off 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, must 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 110 HS discloses 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 hide 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 single-mindedness. It would’ve been helpful to have a touch screen LCD for the inexperienced photographers at which Canon has aimed the ELPH 360, but this camera’s array screen has no touch or tilting capabilities.

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

Image Superiority

Canon squeezed 20.2 megapixels onto a 1/2.3-inch image sensor with the ELPH 360 HS, meaning this model has profuse resolution than many inexpensive cameras. For example, a Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS shows that older camera has 16.1MP of steadfastness. But the ELPH 360’s image sensor is very small in terms of physical size, equal to the older ELPH 320, which limits the complete image quality for the ELPH 360.

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

One of the plead withs or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel this camera is able to perform quickly in adequate outdoor lighting is because of the above average autofocus feature Canon provided. When the easygoing in the scene is strong, the PowerShot ELPH 360’s autofocus mechanism is fast and accurate, especially compared to other point and shoot cameras.

Low Simple-minded Performance and Movie Mode

Canon gave the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS a very basic collection of control buttons, allowing for an easy to use devise.

As with most cameras with a small 1/2.3-inch image sensor, the PowerShot ELPH 360 struggles in its low light photography. You’ll be minimal to a maximum ISO setting of 3200 with this model, and noise becomes a problem with images once you set the ISO to 800 or 1600.

The camera’s register speeds slow considerably when you’re forced to use the flash, and you may notice some photos with shadows in the corners when using the elfin flash that’s embedded in the corner of the front of the camera. Unfortunately, you cannot add an external flash to the ELPH 360.

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Movie recording with the Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 is calm, thanks to the dedicated recording button on the back of the camera. You can record videos in full HD resolution.

Battery Life

One of the biggest problems with the Canon ELPH 360 is its secondary to average battery life. You’ll receive less than 200 shots per charge, in large part because Canon had to shrink the battery for this camera to care for its slim profile. Poor battery life is a common problem for really thin point and shoot cameras.

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

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

Canon Powershot 360 HS Reconsideration Wrap Up

Versus other models on our best point and shoot digital camera list, the Canon PowerShot 360 doesn’t present oneself a standout feature … other than an impressive price. It does have quite a few solid features that make this a agreeable value among budget priced models. The ELPH 360 HS just missed making our best digital camera under $200 cant, but 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 protect a bit of money, take a look at the ELPH 350 in our above mentioned sub-$200 list. But if you’re looking for a slight improvement in performance hustle over that model, the newer Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS will deliver.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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