As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot S300 is also often compared to super zooms, travel zooms and pro digicams. The Canon PowerShot S300's top rivals come from Canon (such as the IXUS 255 HS and the PowerShot SX50 HS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS20 and the Lumix DMC-ZR1)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to other compact competitors the Canon S300 is much larger (compact (95×63×30 mm) vs compact (87×57×28 mm)), is older (february 2001 vs february 2003), is slightly heavier (270 g vs 230 g), has a slower max shutter speed (1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second) and slightly shorter exposures (1 seconds vs 15 seconds).

Canon PowerShot S400

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2 years newer

Significant advantages of the S400 (vs the S300)

  • Much smaller: Compact (87×57×28 mm) vs Compact (95×63×30 mm)
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the S400 (vs the S300)

  • None found

common strengths of the S400 and S300

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.7
  • Very small: Compact (87×57×28 mm) vs Compact (95×63×30 mm)
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.2"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S300 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.4), is slightly smaller (compact (95×63×30 mm) vs professional size (123×87×106 mm)), is thinner (1.2" vs 4.2") and is slightly lighter (270 g vs 595 g).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (3x vs 50x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 2.8"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (1.9 MP vs 9.7 MP).

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
11 years newer

Significant advantages of the SX50 HS (vs the S300)

  • Much larger screen: 2.8" vs 1.5"
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SX50 HS (vs the S300)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.7
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Compact (95×63×30 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4.2" vs 1.2"

common strengths of the SX50 HS and S300

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Compact (95×63×30 mm)
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 1.2"
  • Light weight: 595 g vs 270 g

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S300 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.3) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), is much larger (compact (95×63×30 mm) vs compact (98×55×26 mm)) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS
12 years newer
$397

Significant advantages of the IXUS 255 HS (vs the S300)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (97×56×23 mm) vs Compact (95×63×30 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 255 HS (vs the S300)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the IXUS 255 HS and S300

  • Very small: Super compact (97×56×23 mm) vs Compact (95×63×30 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1.2"
  • Light weight: 144 g vs 270 g

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
11 years newer

Significant advantages of the ZS20 (vs the S300)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the ZS20 (vs the S300)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the ZS20 and S300

  • Very small: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Compact (95×63×30 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.2"
  • Light weight: 206 g vs 270 g

Nikon Coolpix S8000

Nikon Coolpix S8000
9 years newer
$403

Significant advantages of the S8000 (vs the S300)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much better wide angle: 30 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S8000 (vs the S300)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S8000 and S300

  • Very small: Compact (103×57×27 mm) vs Compact (95×63×30 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.2"
  • Light weight: 183 g vs 270 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1
8 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZR1 (vs the S300)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZR1 (vs the S300)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DMC-ZR1 and S300

  • Very small: Compact (98×55×26 mm) vs Compact (95×63×30 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 1.2"
  • Light weight: 158 g vs 270 g

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S300 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much smaller sensor (1/3" 5.27x3.96mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.7 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3") and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
15 years newer
$532 - $649

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the S300)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the S300)

  • None found

common strengths of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and S300

  • None found