Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS vs Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

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Canon ELPH 510 HS

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Canon ELPH 310 HS

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Canon ELPH 310 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 510 HS

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Size
Really small
Compact 99x59x22 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

Size
Really small
Super compact 96x57x22 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.7 fps
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
 
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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/3.0 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 faster 8.7 fps vs 3.3 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight Significantly lighter 140 g vs 206 g
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More than 30% lighter
Battery life Longer battery life 210 shots vs 170 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Size Slightly smaller 96x57x22 mm vs 99x59x22 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
Zoom More zoom 12x vs 8x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Screen size Larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Canon ELPH 510 HS Learn more about
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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Canon ELPH 310 HS Canon ELPH 310 HS 55

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        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
        240 fps
        Size Fairly small Help
        310 HS:96x57x22 mm
        510 HS:99x59x22 mm
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        310 HS:Lens, Sensor shift
        510 HS:Lens
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Thickness Thin Help
        0.9"
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        310 HS:210 shots
        510 HS:170 shots
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        310 HS:8x
        510 HS:12x
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $225

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $176

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

        Canon ELPH 320 HS

        Compact

        $170 - $250

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $225 - $300

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200

        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon ELPH 520 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

        Ultra compact

        $149 - $175

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

        Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $407

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $248 - $300

        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

        Canon ELPH 510 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $227 - $255

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Canon ELPH 530 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

        Ultra compact

        $150

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Size Smaller
        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Travel zoom

        $149 - $180

        Zoom More zoom
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Size Much larger
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Canon ELPH 500 HS

        Canon ELPH 500 HS

        Pro digicam

        $138

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Zoom Less zoom
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Size Much larger
        Movie format Does not take movies

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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.