Techniques for shooting with the zoom (on the telephoto end) (PowerShot ELPH 310 HS / IXUS 230 HS)
Article ID: ART111852 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


If you cannot shoot the subject up close with the optical zoom, please consider the following.

Using the digital zoom

You can use the digital zoom to zoom up to a maximum of approximately 32x and capture subjects that are too far away for the optical zoom to enlarge.

  • Set the [Digital Zoom] to [Standard]

Press the <MENU> button (), and from the [Shooting] tab () set the [Digital Zoom] to [Standard].


  • The [Digital Zoom] is not available in aspect ratios other than [4:3] since [Digital Zoom] is fixed to [Off].
  • The [Digital Zoom] cannot be used in the following modes.

- [High-speed Burst] (), [Best Image Selection] (), [Handheld NightScene] (), [Low Light] (), [Fish-eye Effect] (), [Miniature Effect] (), [Toy Camera Effect] (), [Monochrome] (), [Super Vivid] (), [Poster Effect] (), [Color Accent] (), [Color Swap] (), [Stitch Assist] (), [Super Slow Motion Movie] ()


  • The focal lengths when using the optical zoom and digital zoom together

are as follows (all focal lengths are 35mm film equivalent): 28 – 896 mm (28 – 224 mm when using the optical zoom alone)

  • Depending on the recording pixel setting and zoom factor, the images may appear coarse (the zoom factor will appear in blue).

Using the safety zoom

Depending on how you have set the number of recording pixels and the magnification of the digital zoom, the zoom bar may be displayed in yellow (safety zoom).

To shoot with the digital zoom without causing the image quality to degrade, please shoot within the range of the safety zoom.

Using the digital tele-converter

With the [Digital Tele-Converter] setting, the focal length of the lens can be increased by a factor equivalent to 1.5x or 2.0x. This makes it possible to increase the magnification without compromising the brightness of the lens even more than increasing the magnification to the same rate in ordinary zoom operations (including digital zoom), enabling you to shoot with a faster shutter speed, thereby minimizing camera shake and subject blurring.

  • Set the [Digital Zoom] to either [1.5x] or [2.0x]

Press the <MENU> button (), and from the [Shooting] tab () set the [Digital Zoom] to either [1.5x] or [2.0x].


  • recording pixel setting of [Large] () or [Medium 1] () will cause images to appear coarse (the zoom factor will appear in blue).
  • The digital tele-converter cannot be used together with the digital zoom.
  • The digital-teleconverter can only be used with the 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • In cases where you have pressed the zoom lever to maximum telephoto (), the shutter speed may be the same as when zoomed in on the subject using digital zoom.
  • When the shooting mode is Program AE (), either Digital Tele-converter 1.5x or Digital Tele-converter 2.0x can be set.


  • The respective focal lengths when using [1.5x] and [2.0x] are 42.0 – 336 mm and 56.0 – 448 mm (35mm film equivalent).