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

57

Canon ELPH 310 HS

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Really small
Size
Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.7 fps
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
  2. 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 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 520 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 310 HS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 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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Size
Smaller
87×54×19 mm vs 96×57×22 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
12x vs 8x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$149.99 vs $295.00
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The best price we've seen is $145 cheaper (around 50% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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
              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
              ELPH 520 HS87×54×19 mm
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              310 HS1080p @ 30fps
              ELPH 520 HS1080p @ 24fps
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              310 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              ELPH 520 HS
              1. Lens
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              310 HS0.9"
              ELPH 520 HS0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              310 HS140 g
              ELPH 520 HS155 g
              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
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              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

              $167

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $223

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $585

              Wide angle Has a much 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 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 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 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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