Canon IXUS 310 HS Review
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.
This monolith-like screen swallows up almost the entire backplate, just like on Panasonic's FX77 which has the edge for portability. That said we preferred the larger function icons of the Canon for usability. In the final reckoning though, whilst doing away with most physical controls can make for a cool and minimalist appearance, when you're in a hurry to find the setting you want it can be very easy to start to miss those dedicated physical function button and controls at your fingertips.
Strip away the IXUS 310 HS' touch screen control and by and large you have the cheaper IXUS 220 HS model lurking underneath, which boasts a slightly better battery life. In terms of handling we prefer the broader build and more solid feel of the IXUS 310 HS over its svelte sibling however, but there will be those who take the opposite view. As there is currently around £80 between them going by street prices at the time of writing, that may well be the decider for those seeking the best deal.
|Ratings (out of 5)|
|Value for money||4|