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

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Canon ELPH 310 HS

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Canon ELPH 310 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

Size
Really small
Super compact 96x57x22 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.7 fps
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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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 faster 8.7 fps vs 2.8 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly 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
Lowest price Cheaper $149.99 vs $249.99
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Size Fairly small Help
              310 HS:96x57x22 mm
              ELPH 520 HS:87x54x19 mm
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              310 HS:Sensor shift, Lens
              ELPH 520 HS:Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              310 HS:0.9"
              ELPH 520 HS:0.7"
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              310 HS:210 shots
              ELPH 520 HS:190 shots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
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              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weight Light weight Help
              310 HS:140 g
              ELPH 520 HS:155 g
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              310 HS:8x
              ELPH 520 HS:12x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $203

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $225

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159 - $250

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $185

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $100 - $182

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

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

              Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $117

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $174

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $290 - $320

              GPS Has a GPS
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              appearance

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              Canon ELPH 310 HS Canon ELPH 520 HS
              Canon ELPH 310 HS Canon ELPH 520 HS

              discussion

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