Here are some general test shots taken with the IXUS 310 HS to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and focal range.
Colours appear a little muted in this macro shot straight from the camera on default mode, but an attractively shallow depth of field and pin sharp foreground detail suggest that this budget snapshot is certainly a cut above regular budget snapshots.
So by contrast here’s an image taken in the IXUS 310 HS’ Program mode with the vivid ‘My Colors’ option selected, which really brings out the warm brown of the horse’s coat and the vivid green of the grazing field beyond.
Another vivid wideangle snapshot from the IXUS, which here has really added punch to the blue of the sky as well as capturing the warmth of the late afternoon sun lighting up the cream brickwork of this church hall. No complaints here at all.
Here too the Canon has got exposure spot on, maintaining the highlight detail in the swan’s feathers that is usually burn out on so many of our regular test cameras. The impression given here is that, once again, the IXUS 310 HS is a notch above what you’d traditionally expect from a point and shoot in its price bracket.
Score in detail
Image Quality 8