PROS / The camera's optical image stabilization prevents images from looking blurry.
CONS / The battery life on this camera isn't very good.
VERDICT / There are better cameras out there, but if you’re looking for something inexpensive, the ELPH 360 isn’t a bad choice.
In a world of high-end smartphones that have great cameras, the Canon ELPH 360 HS struggles to remain relevant. A few strengths make the ELPH 360 worth considering in the right situations though. If you simply prefer having a dedicated picture-taking device instead of using a smartphone, the ELPH might be considering good buy, although it's nowhere near the best point and shoot camera on the market.
One major selling point for dedicated cameras is that they are usually better at processing images than smartphones. For example, the ELPH 360 sports optical image stabilization, which is only available in a handful of high-end smartphones. The ELPH also has decent color accuracy, giving you pictures that closely resemble what the real world looks like.
This camera isn't a great option if you need long battery life. It can only take around 185 photos before the battery needs to be swapped out. This is considerably lower than most of the other point and shoots on our lineup.
Another limitation you'll find in the ELPH 360 is it records 1080p video at just 30 frames per second. While that's fine for simple video recording, any quick movements can look blurry. Most of the cameras on our lineup can shoot 1080p at 60 frames per second.
With the Canon’s viewfinder, you can easily line up shots without having to use the camera's digital display. This is especially nice if you're used to older cameras or want better control over framing your photos than digital displays offer.
After taking all of the photos you need, you can easily transfer them to your smartphone via near field communication (NFC). The more ways you have to connect, the better. Using the ELPH 360's NFC ability is easy and painless.
We found that this device performs poorly in low light. This is largely due to the camera's narrow aperture and merely average sensor size. In short, it just isn't very good at collecting light. The result is image grain and blur when shooting in low light.
In addition to its other flaws, you can't take panorama shots with this point and shoot. It also doesn't have a touchscreen, which can be an annoyance in the age of smartphones and tablets.
The ELPH 360 may not be the best point and shoot camera you can get, but it does have some redeeming qualities. Optical image stabilization, the camera's viewfinder and NFC capability are all worth looking at if you're considering buying this camera. Still, with the poor battery life and other issues, there are better options out there for most people.