The Elph 300 HS is my 6th Canon ultracompact camera and is simply the best yet. I make slide shows that incorporate photos and video clips. Previous cameras' video clips were poor resolution compared to the photos, but the Canon Elph 300 HS's 1080 video looks wonderful! The wide angle lens is great for indoor and group photos. On AUTO, this camera is VERY smart, taking nice photos where older models would be fooled by moving subjects, multiple points of focus, and uneven lighting. Even macro settings are automatic. Canon has mastered optical stabilization. This is my first camera with a CMOS sensor - definitely allows more natural photos in dim light without the glare of the flash. If you think about how many times we take lousy photos inside, this is a major improvement. You can play back photos without extending the lens by simply pressing the PLAY button. Quick, practical, smart! The menu is simpler than previous models, although still too crowded with features that a pocket camera enthusiast won't use. You'll never master all this camera's features. The slim body has rounded edges, making it truly pocketable but also makes it fall over easily when placed upright on a surface. As a travel minimalist, I enjoy carrying it on my belt in a cellphone case. Overall, it's my new favorite camera for travel: light, compact, good value, adequate 5X zoom(including video)smart enough to take good photos in a variety of lighting situations, and takes excellent video. I used Canon's underwater housing and got great video of rays, turtles, and fish on the Maya Reef! Thanks, Canon!