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

Canon ELPH 310 HS vs Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

Size
Really small
Super compact (95×56×21 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Advantages of the Canon 310 HS

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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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
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 2 f-stops better
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
8x vs 5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
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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
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At its widest zoom, the A3400 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size
Slightly smaller
95×56×21 mm vs 96×57×22 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$137.88 vs $295.00
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The best price we've seen is $157 cheaper (2.1x less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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Almost the same
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              310 HS96×57×22 mm
              A3400 IS95×56×21 mm
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              310 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              A3400 IS
              1. Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              310 HS0.9"
              A3400 IS0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              310 HS140 g
              A3400 IS145 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              310 HS210 shots
              A3400 IS180 shots
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              310 HS3,200 ISO
              A3400 IS1,600 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $188

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $231

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $172

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              GPS Has a GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              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
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

              Ultra compact

              $268

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              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

              $145

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              $189

              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $118

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Compact

              $75

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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