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

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS vs Canon ELPH 310 HS

Winner
Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Canon ELPH 310 HS

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.7 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

differences

Advantages of the Canon 310 HS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.0 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the 310 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8.7 fps vs 2.8 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
210 shots vs 190 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
140 g vs 155 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Zoom
More zoom
12x vs 8x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Size
Smaller
87x54x19 mm vs 96x57x22 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$149.99 vs $258.00
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The best price we've seen is $108 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Size Fairly small Help
              310 HS96x57x22 mm
              ELPH 520 HS87x54x19 mm
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              310 HS0.9"
              ELPH 520 HS0.7"
              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
              ELPH 520 HS190 shots
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              310 HS140 g
              ELPH 520 HS155 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              310 HS8x
              ELPH 520 HS12x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $199

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $160

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $556

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $123

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $176

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon ELPH 510 HS

              Canon ELPH 510 HS

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $156 - $180

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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