Updated (August 2011): Compare the Canon ELPH 310 HS vs Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS vs Canon ELPH 310 HS

Winner
Canon ELPH 510 HS

60

Canon ELPH 310 HS

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 510 HS

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.7 fps
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

Items often bought with the 510 HS or 310 HS

galleries

Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Canon ELPH 310 HS.
Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 510 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 310 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the 310 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8.7 fps vs 3.3 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
210 shots vs 170 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Significantly lighter
140 g vs 206 g
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More than 30% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
96×57×22 mm vs 99×59×22 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Canon 510 HS

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
12x vs 8x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$179.00 vs $295.00
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The best price we've seen is $116 cheaper (around 40% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Size Fairly small Help
              310 HS96×57×22 mm
              510 HS99×59×22 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              310 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              510 HS
              1. Lens
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.9"
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              310 HS210 shots
              510 HS170 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              310 HS8x
              510 HS12x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $167

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $289

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $336

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $162

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $352

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Canon IXUS 165

              Canon IXUS 165

              Travel zoom

              $123 - $137

              Size Slightly smaller
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $223

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Canon ELPH 510 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $166

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

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              discussion

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              Nannette (7:38 AM, November 27, 2011)
              The more info I read, the more confused I became BUT, I think, right now, the Canon 310 HS is my choice.  8x zoom is plenty; they are equal in the macro shooting, image stabilization, HD 1080p, great low light quality photos, categories; the 3 inch screen on the 310 is fine...don't need 3.2 inch touch screen on the 510; actually, I prefer the buttons to the touch screen...not liking the idea viewing my images via fingerprint smudged touch screen. I like that the 310 can shoot a few more photos per charge than the 510. Not much difference in weight and size.  The 310 is a little less expensive - always a good thing.  Too bad there's no 3D photos and geo-tagging support.  It would have been nice if there was built in photo stitch and HDR capabilities, but as pointed out, these can be done post processing.  Thanks of this awesome comparison - it really helped me make my decision to go with the 310 HS.