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

Canon ELPH 510 HS vs Canon ELPH 310 HS

Winner
Canon ELPH 510 HS

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Canon ELPH 310 HS

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 510 HS

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Really small
Size
Compact 99x59x22 mm
 

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
Weight
Light-weight
140 g

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/3.0 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 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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$125.00 vs $258.00
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The best price we've seen is $133 cheaper (2.1x less)
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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 HS96x57x22 mm
              510 HS99x59x22 mm
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.9"
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              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

              $149

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $130

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $160

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $559

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $199

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Canon ELPH 510 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $176

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $276

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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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.