Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS vs Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

Size
Really small
Super compact 95x56x21 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 
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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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom Slightly more zoom 8x vs 5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
Battery life Longer battery life 210 shots vs 180 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 310 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Canon A3400 IS

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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
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the A3400 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size Slightly smaller 95x56x21 mm vs 96x57x22 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 0.8" vs 0.9"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $118.99 vs $199.99
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The best price we've seen is $81 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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recommendations

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

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              310 HS:96x57x22 mm
              A3400 IS:95x56x21 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              310 HS:Lens, Sensor shift
              A3400 IS:Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              310 HS:0.9"
              A3400 IS:0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              310 HS:140 g
              A3400 IS:145 g
              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
              A3400 IS:180 shots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $182

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $185

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $112

              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $259

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $150 - $376

              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $203

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159 - $250

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $168

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $180

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S4300

              Nikon Coolpix S4300

              Compact

              $100 - $214

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $100

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $220

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $162

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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              Canon ELPH 310 HS Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

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