Updated (January 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 310 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
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Size
Really small
Super compact (96×57×22 mm)
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.7 fps
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

Items often bought with the 500 HS or 310 HS

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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
96×57×22 mm vs 101×55×25 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 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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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures much more light (1.2 f-stops)
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"
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Around 10% larger screen
Lowest price
Cheaper
$145.00 vs $295.00
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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
Size Fairly small Help
310 HS96×57×22 mm
500 HS101×55×25 mm
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
310 HS1080p @ 30fps
500 HS1080p @ 24fps
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
310 HS
  1. Lens
  2. Sensor shift
500 HS
  1. Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Thickness Thin Help
310 HS0.9"
500 HS1"
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$165

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

$295

Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$223

Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$119 - $352

Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$335

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$157

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 S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker

Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon IXUS 165

Canon IXUS 165

Travel zoom

$123 - $137

Size Slightly smaller
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Movie format Lower resolution movies
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
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 ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F

Travel zoom

$200 - $209

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Travel zoom

$136

Macro focus Better macro capability
Size Slightly smaller
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Movie format Lower resolution movies

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