Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS vs Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS
Canon ELPH 310 HS

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.7 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens, Sensor shift
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

galleries

Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Canon ELPH 310 HS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 500 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 310 HS

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Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8.7 fps vs 3.4 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
96x57x22 mm vs 100x55x25 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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 4.4x
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Around 3.5x more zoom
Weight
Lighter
140 g vs 185 g
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More than 20% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures much more light (1.2 f-stops)
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Lowest price
Cheaper
$145.00 vs $294.99
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (2x less)
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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
For that film look
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
310 HS1080p @ 30fps
500 HS1080p @ 24fps
Size Fairly small Help
310 HS96x57x22 mm
500 HS100x55x25 mm
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
310 HSLens, Sensor shift
500 HSLens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$149

Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$175

Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$569

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$214

Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$148

Size Is slightly smaller
Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$209 - $226

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$109

Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p

Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

Digicam

$180

Lowest price Cheaper
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Size Much larger

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Ultra compact

$220

Size Smaller
Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$399

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Supports 24p No 24p support
Size Larger
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Travel zoom

$217 - $248

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Much narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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