seems to be a $20 difference in these cameras at bestbuy. i am looking for a camera for my parents. after i bought my SLR, i gave them my old SD450 (yes, OLD). the camera seems to suit their needs, but the battery barely holds a charge. since i take the camera from them from time to time (cant take an SLR to a bar), i am considering getting them a new camera as a gift, and reclaiming the SD450 (and buying a new battery). a benefit of a new camera (over the old one with a new battery) would be better indoors/low light quality. they arent very camera savvy, so the better/more intelligent the camera's Auto mode is, the better
is there a big difference between the 300 and the 1400? how is the new HS system? im guessing this is moot, as for $20 i might as well get the newer ELPH... however, i am a bit wary of the newer canon powershots - a friend of mine has one (not sure of the model, i think the SD1200), and has tons of issues with it, from errant/hunting focusing to very poor low light quality resulting in blur.