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

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.7 fps
Size
Really small
Super compact 96x57x22 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens, Sensor shift

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
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 HS:96x57x22 mm
              ELPH 520 HS:87x54x19 mm
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              310 HS:0.9"
              ELPH 520 HS:0.7"
              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 HS:210 shots
              ELPH 520 HS:190 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 HS:140 g
              ELPH 520 HS:155 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              310 HS:8x
              ELPH 520 HS:12x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $166

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              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 ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              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 PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $123

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot 350

              Canon PowerShot 350

              Digicam

              $209 - $210

              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $210

              GPS Has a GPS
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Much larger
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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              discussion

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