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Guess who got a new camera?! ME! Canon PowerShot Review


This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Canon
I honestly don’t know a THING about photography, and I so wish I did. I look at all these other blogs with beautiful photography, and I see SO many of my friends who are so talented starting businesses of their own taking pictures.
Well friends. I am a point-and-shoot kinda girl. It’s not that I don’t want to know how to take phenomenal pictures, it’s that I don’t have the time to learn, or really try. Ha. You try being a single pug momma….

Anyways, on to the subject at hand. I have always been a Sony cybershot girl, by default really. They had a tiny pink camera, and I wanted it. So I got it. It took good pics, whatever, nothing I really paid attention to. I didn’t even know how to turn the flash on for like 3 months. I kid you not.
This all changed when I got the new Canon ELPH 300 HS. I LOVE it.
Obsessed. It is the world’s thinnest digital camera, with an ultra-wide angle lens and a 5x optical zoom. Also shoots HD video. HELLO hair tutorials, here we come!
The HS System is designed for shooting in low-light situations to reduce blurring, and help capture more brilliant, detailed images.
Sign. me. up.

It is also super tiny, and it has a matte finish to it which is nice, so it doesn’t slip out of my hands if I have had one too many cocktails, knowwhatimsayin?

I have really loved the pics I have been taking so far. They are SO much more clear than any of the ones I have taken with other cameras.
Right now, Canon is doing a project called Your Second Shot aimed at helping people recreate moments that didn’t turn out right the first time. If I had to pick a moment that didn’t turn out as perfect as I’d like it to, I would pick the photo of me and none other than, Miss Underwood.
While this was the hands down the COOLEST moment of my life, I had the darn camera on some funky setting, so the picture was blurry and the lighting was not the greatest. Sad story. At least I still GOT the photo, so I was a happy girl, BUT I wish I had had my elf camera back then!
Since I can’t exactly go hunt Carrie down and make her take a re-do, HA, I had to get creative. So My ‘second shot’ would be ME, dressed as Carrie for Halloween. HA!
(However please note: Canon, if you would like to set up a re-do with me and Miss Underwood, I would be completely open to such an arrangement.) just sayin’. ๐Ÿ™‚
As you can see, this picture is SO much more clear, and detailed.

 Have you ever had a great moment that was lost because the photo didn’t turn out? Canon is on a mission to help real people recapture these moments. They are traveling the country helping people recapture moments lost, from a bet involving a mechanical bull to a father’s surprise birthday party. How sweet! 
Want to win a $100 Visa card? Of course you do. CHRISTMAS season people!
Leave a comment for the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. 
Visit Your Second Shot to read other lost moment stories, and then leave a comment here sharing which is your favorite for the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card!

Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.
Sweepstakes will run from 12/5 to 12/18
For more opportunities to win, visit the Canon round-up page on to read other bloggers’ reviews!

Love my new camera!! 
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  1. etta says:

    The URL doesn't work, but I'm going to go ahead and say they're all my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

    Having a nice camera makes a big difference. When I had a crummy camera I didn't take as many photos. Now I could wallpaper my house with all of the pictures I've taken of my baby. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Dayna Leigh says:

    I currently have a Sony camera and my mom has one as well! I've had mine for about three years, hers for two years and I will never own another Sony camera in my lifetime. The quality of my photos over the years have deteriorated to something awful and for whatever reason, the color doesn't turn out right on my mom's. There's a lot of yellow in the pictures and the faces are normally matted to the point there's no definition whatsoever! I've tried changing the settings to no avail. It's terrible!
    I'm looking at a Nikon right now. Needless to say, I've put it on my wish list for Santa this year!

  3. katie lake says:

    Here is my twitter post!/katie_lake/status/143818019179724800

    I'll come back to tell you my favorite story when the link is working!

  4. Mrs.BigTime says:

    I love the grandma bowling one, but the college grad is my fav!

  5. Michelle P says:

    My favorite is below:

    A View To Remember

    Taken on 4 1 2010. this was the first time i have ever taken my gf out to see one of the best views in the bay area. My friend tried to capture this moment as best as he could as me and my gf rarely meet. If I could Iโ€™d recapture and relive this moment.

  6. Bre says:

    I couldn't get the URL to work but a nice camera makes all the difference in the world. You never want to miss those once in life time moments!

  7. My Little Clown!! Sniff, sniff!! Great giveaway!!

  8. Hillary says:

    My favorite story is 'Unseen Memories'… so sweet!

  9. 90th birthday strikeout is my fave.
    My Sony camera sucks! I had a Canon for years and loved it, I still use that one (7-8 years old) over my brand new Sony, even though I have to charge the Canon all the time because the battery doesn't hold a charge as long.

  10. Maggie says:

    I have a soft spot for the "Sisters at the Beach" story !

    Here's the link to my tweet ๐Ÿ™‚!/maggie_yel/status/143831995422740480

  11. Kelsea says:

    A big camera is nice to have sometimes, but there really is nothing like a small camera you can easily whip out and get good results with….sometimes it's a pain carrying around lenses and a heavy body. Hoping you get the Carrie re-do (maybe they'll take a hint!)!

    a $100 Visa card would be the best thing ever!

  12. I like the "Dolphin Who Thought He…" picture! That is amazing! I need to get a new camera for my trip to New Zealand so the same thing doesn't happen to me!

  13. Lindsey says:

    Allison, I have a canon and i love it! I always come back to Canons ๐Ÿ™‚

    I tweeted about your give away:!/linnybopeep

  14. katie lake says:

    I love the story of Sylvia and the 90th birthday bowling!

    I have always been a cannon girl. I have two cannon SLRs from the 70s that I used during art school. I have the 10 megapixel version of the one you posted about. It is 4 (?) years old now and still works great! I need to have it serviced bc the my zoom toggle is sticking and my on/off button is wiggly but the pictures are still amazing! Husband and I plan on getting a cannon DSLR as soon as the budget allows.

  15. esl828 says:

    I love the dolphin picture!! PLEASE pick me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. esl828 says:

    and I tweeted!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I mentioned you!)

  17. Ashley says:

    would LOVE to win … I have a camera very similar to that one and its amazing!

  18. Meredith says:

    My vote would go towards the 90th birthday strike..out!

    I haven't had a new camera since 2007. Maybe I could put the giftcard towards your new fav!

  19. Kristine says:

    im sure you've heard this before, but you look like carrie underwood!

  20. Kate says:

    Love the new camera!

    I gave you a shout out on my blog and advised my readers to head on over and check out your fabulousness.

  21. Jes says:

    1st thanks for posting this review. I've been on the hunt for a new point and shoot for times I don't feel like dragging my huge DSLR along and this might just be the one!

    As for the photo re-do's, the cloudy vows definitely gets my vote! Military? Check. Living in Japan? Check. Crappy wedding photos? Check.

  22. Kelly says:

    I loved the my little clown story! So cute!

  23. Kelly says:

    I tweeted at kellybelly04 on twitter!

  24. Mami2jcn says:

    I like "The Bet".

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  25. Cortney says:

    I love the bowling grandma memory. I also would love to win the $100 Visa card!!! I have a Cannon camera and love it!!

  26. I love the graduation story – so awesome! Love this giveaway, thank you girl!!

  27. The Aly Way says:

    My Little Clown! Thanks for hosting!!!

  28. I LOVE this Vegas Wedding Eloping story!!

  29. Christina says:

    I thought the story 'John's Birthday' was sooo cute!! I have always had Canons and loved them!!

    Christina.moskos {at} gmail

  30. Hands down, Grandma bowling. ha! What an awesome giveaway! xo

  31. Kimber says:

    I liked Johns Birthday! what a fun giveaway:)

  32. Lisa says:

    The 'Unseen Memories' story was too sweet! Love it. I need a new camera myself, I might have to give this one a try!

  33. Drea says:

    I am not good at photography either! However, I love, love, LOVE looking at pictures!
    I might have to check out that little gem.

    FUN giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Rosa says:

    I love to take pictures, and I need a good camera. I will try to buy a cannon camera.

  35. I just got a new canon and love it, takes far better pictures than my nikon. I love all the stories but if I had to pick one it would be the grandma bowling!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Raquel says:

    My favorite one is My Little Clown! sooo cute!

  37. katelyn w says:

    I love the little clown picture! When my computer crashed I lost all my Europe photos and I would give my left arm to get them back. Tear oh well!

  38. Emma says:

    I love the story about the homesick girl whose sister visits her. So sweet!

  39. Sarah says:

    I need a new point and shoot!

  40. Katie says:

    I liked surprise delivery! Great giveaway!

  41. That gift card sure would come in handy now during Christmas time!
    My favorite story was 4,321 miles. I hope that person gets to get another picture of her brother and her boys. I can't imagine my brother not seeing my (nonexistent/future) kids so rarely.

  42. Lea Liz says:

    My vote goes for the 90th bowling birthday Grandma!!

    Great giveaway!!

  43. Katie says:

    My naked new apartment could use that 100!

  44. Aleyta says:

    Very sweet stories. This would be fantastic to win! Thank you for the opportunity!

  45. My favorite story was the 90th Birthday Strike..Out! How sweet!

    This is such an awesome giveaway, and I would love an extra $100!

  46. Rebecca says:

    my vote would have to go for 90th birthday strikeout! I work at a nursing home and my goodness I just love all the people I work for, they are so wise and sweet and have the best stories! and obvi they can still move fast like miss sylvia!

  47. gina says:

    Another vote for 90th birthday strike out. So cute! Thanks for the opportunity…would love to win!

  48. megan says:

    I like the graduation pic! When I graduated high school (wayyy back in 2000), it was during the days of disposable cameras. The dang photo place LOST my film & I have NO pics to remember that day! :/

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!


  49. Heather H says:

    My favorite is The First To Graduate College story. What a special moment; it's a shame they don't have a clear picture of it!

  50. You and Carrie are adorable. What a great giveaway.

  51. Shauni says:

    My favorite is the bowling grandma, so sweet! I hope I am like that when I turn 90!

  52. Heather says:

    I would love to win, I've been a Canon user forever!

  53. Becky says:

    I love sisters at the beach. Family is everything especially when you're lonely!

  54. Amber :) says:

    I think the 90th birthday party has to be it for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Lauren says:

    Oh, definitely the sisters on the beach! Love the "second shot" idea though. I have so many pictures I wish I had a "second shot" at! ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. I Love Canon Cameras!! They are the BEST!

  57. THe graduation one is my favorite!

  58. Only Me says:

    !st to go to college is my fav. Sniff, sniff.

  59. hoveyfox says:

    I liked "A View to Remember". Here is the link to my tweet:!/hoveyfox/status/144060568473567232

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. I love the unseen memories story! Such a sweet moment about amazing friends! xo

  61. Molly says:

    I like the sisters at the beach entry on Your Second Shot, I have a sister that lives far from me so know how priceless photos are together with family:)

  62. Kelly says:

    I LOVE Canon Cameras! I've had several generations of ELPH and would LOVE LOVE LOVE the lasted one. SLR's are great but who wants to lug that thing around?

  63. Courtney B says:

    i like the barcelona story!:) Very sweet! Love your picture with carrie underwood! Super jealous!

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

  64. Caiti says:

    My sony powershot has just died!! I'm super bummed because it worked great. However, I want a Nikon from Santa! Must be those Ashton Kutcher commericals that swayed me ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. Amanda says:

    I have a Canon too! I love my camera! And even though it was a little point and shoot, it took AMAZING pictures in Europe!

  66. Stephanie says:

    So glad you have a new camera so you don't have to worry about finding your old camera charger to upload pictures!

    I've had that camera for the past 7 years. Each time they come out with a newer version, I get it. I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

    I voted for the red nosed little boy!

  67. CB_Wilson says:

    My favorite is the one about the three friends who had an issue in their relationship. I've been through this before and you can't replace best friends! I wish it had gotten more votes!

  68. Allison says:

    I chose "A View to Remember" because it must be hard trying to capture that amazing moment with outside (sunset) lighting. I cherish every memory I have with my significant other and always wish a had a nicer camera or someone there to snap the perfect shot ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Tj and Amy says:

    i voted for my little clown. so cute!

  70. siilenti says:

    I like John's Birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

    siilentii27 at gmail dot com

  71. Omg if I could redo any pics it would be from my wedding! Our photographer missed SO many shots, and some of the ones we got with my camera were blurry because it was new and we weren't using the correct settings! BOO!

    SUCH a cool sweepstakes!

  72. Kristen says:

    I like the "Unseen Memories" one best ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. you are too cute! i love the way you talk/write. that is so how i talk to myself in my head!

  74. Description: says:

    I tweeted you and this is the link to my tweet/ vote.!/K_P0w

  75. Description: says:

    I also voted for "Times Square Memory". So sweet!!!

  76. Lauren says:

    I want a great camera so badly! ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. my favorite was the one of the older woman who struck out in bowling and the memory wasn't captured properly! having a good camera makes a world of difference ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. Traci says:

    The sisters on the beach, hands down. ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. Taylor says:

    I would LOVE to have a big fancy Canon! Maybe one of these days! And I love the dress you wore to your sister's party, even though that was in a different post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Meggo says:

    if i could redo any photos it would be from my trip to NYC last weekend where my exact same camera fell to its death :o(.

    I would pick the couple that had a blury picture from NYC. I feel their pain.

  81. JC says:

    I like Sisters at the Beach
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  82. Karen says:

    I liked the sisters at the beach story.

  83. AubreyLaine says:

    I like "Our Reunion"
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  84. CT Cupcake says:

    aaah love the 90th bday story!
    I take terrible photos and need all the help I can get!

  85. Sara says:

    I love my Sony camera! This is awesome!

  86. Definitely the "90th Birthday Strike-Out" -If that were my grandmother, then I know that seeing her reaction would be a priceless memory. Too bad the photo didn't capture her reaction! Great giveaway! Xo.

  87. susan1215 says:

    My favorite photo is the bowling Grandma photo. I have lost a few good moments because my camera wasn't working

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  88. Kerry says:

    I like the sisters at the beach one.

  89. StephanieC says:

    i like the 4321 mile photo! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  90. Tina says:

    I like the TIMES SQUARE MEMORY story

  91. my favorite story was "90TH BDAY STRIKE..OUT…"

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  92. Sisters at the Beach is my fave

  93. Amy says:

    My favorite is the 90TH BDAY STRIKE..OUT story.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  94. Amy says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway!/uTry_it/status/145827263739478016

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  95. JAB says:

    Love the "Sisters at the Beach" story and I love Canon.

  96. Now you have me wanting a new camera!


  97. Kayce C. says:

    I like "Johnโ€™s Birthday."

  98. Kayce C. says:

    I like "Johnโ€™s Birthday"

  99. Anne K says:

    I love "The Bet"

  100. wigget says:

    my favorite is unseen memories

  101. Megan says:

    I would love to win this little point and shoot!

  102. Paige says:

    Is it wrong to say that your Carrie Underwood story is my fave? Hellooooo you don't meet your celebrity idol every day people!

  103. Sister's 1st concert is definitely my favorite. As a college girl I can relate to both the situation and having to take phone pics! UGHhg!

  104. Sarah says:

    The 1st graduation from law school as well as the sister's 1st concert both apply to me in real life!! I would love to win this!!

  105. L Perkins says:

    90th Birthday Strikeout is definitely a classic! Would love to win!! AND PS-I'll tweet about this FAB giveaway too ๐Ÿ™‚

  106. Leah says:

    Ahh I could soo use a new camera! My favorite is the "90th Birthday Strike-Out!" Soo great!

  107. Ali says:

    I love the ones that are where people traveled and their pics turned out blurry. When you travel to some far away places its hard to ever get back there.

  108. ty says:

    I love the one that spelled out happy birthday in braille. WAYYY sweet.

  109. Sommer says:

    I'm getting this camera for Christmas:) We just got Paige the red version for her birthday. I can't wait to get it. My current camera is giving me fits:(

  110. Kristen says:

    I liked the "Sisters at the Beach" story. I've been looking for a new camera, might have to check this one out!

  111. Kristen says:

    And I tweeted about the giveaway!

  112. Jenn says:

    I like the graduation one. I have a crappy camera and took a pic with my big sis (aopi) on her wedding day and its blurry. No saving it : (

  113. Courtney says:

    I love your blog! It may be my bible!

  114. Kelsey says:

    I really liked the "sisters at the beach"

    I am in need of a new camera…..this would help make that a reality!!

  115. Bre says:

    I tweeted the contest. My twitter is @naubre

  116. Karina says:

    i liked the story about the trevi fountain

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

  117. Les says:

    I would vote for the first to graduate college picture. I am in law school myself so I know what a difficult path that is…to not have a good picture of that moment is the worst!

  118. cw says:

    I love the zion and barcelona stories…those are 2 places I have been and my pictures turned out terrible.

  119. Sarah says:

    my little clown :))

  120. I like the john's birthday story!
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  121. tweet-!/CrazyItalian0/status/147696565690179584

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  122. angie lilly says:

    I voted for the Times Square Memory! They def deserve another chance at that NY shot!
    14earth at gmail dot com

  123. Carmen says:

    My favorite is John's birthday (83rd)

  124. Elaine W. says:

    I liked the story of the older couple finding love later in life – soooo sweet! I voted for them (and would vote for you and Carrie's do-over if you were entered – haha!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I have LOTS of do-overs to do — so this surely would help – and thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  125. abitnerdy says:

    aw* hey girl! great shot and holey cow Carrie Underwood and you could totally be sisters!
    I was reading through a few of the second shot blogs and I think I might like blair's 2nd chance moment best… just a simple moment in bed with a loved one… such sweet memories definitely need to be captured. ๐Ÿ™‚
    thank you for the opportunity xx
    abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com

  126. abitnerdy says:

    i tweeted about the promo:

    abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com

  127. bikeohio says:

    The Engagement Fail was pretty sad!

    bikeohio2010 at gmail dot com

  128. marybug2 says:

    Liked the Sisters at the Beach.



  130. Howell says:

    I like the moment from the 90th Birthday on Senior bowling league. So endearing.

    hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

  131. karenmed409 says:

    my favorite is the 90th Bday Strike..OUT

  132. Jammie says:

    500 miles to darkness is my favorite. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  133. wizardewu says:

    My fave is the big top cupcake that spelled Happy Birthday Shea in braille on it in round sprinkles. Very sweet.

    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

  134. Mari says:

    I like The Bet the best.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  135. slehan says:

    My favorite is Johnโ€™s Birthday.
    Thanks for the contest.

  136. melissity says:

    I liked "The Bet."

  137. Tabathia says:

    I like the Times Square Story
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  138. MCantu1019 says:

    I like the Bet.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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