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
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

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.7 fps
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

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
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
Size
Smaller
96×57×22 mm vs 101×55×25 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
310 HS1080p @ 30fps
500 HS1080p @ 24fps
Size Fairly small Help
310 HS96×57×22 mm
500 HS101×55×25 mm
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
310 HS3"
500 HS3.2"
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
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$250

Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$295

Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$195

Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

Ultra compact

$268

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$223

Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$264

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$150

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 ELPH 310 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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 160 (IXUS 160)

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

Travel zoom

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

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$314 - $349

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Supports 24p No 24p support
Screen size Smaller screen

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