Updated (January 2013): Compare the Canon ELPH 310 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

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Size
Really small
Super compact (95×56×21 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Thickness
Thin
0.8"

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Advantages of the Canon 310 HS

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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
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
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
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
$120.00 vs $295.00
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The best price we've seen is $175 cheaper (2.5x less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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Almost the same
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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
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              310 HS210 shots
              A3400 IS180 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              310 HS3,200 ISO
              A3400 IS1,600 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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 165

              Canon IXUS 165

              Travel zoom

              $123 - $137

              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $223

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $352

              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 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
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

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

              Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              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 A3400 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7S

              Sony A7S

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,947 - $2,498 body only

              $2,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Compact

              $90

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $136

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

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