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

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

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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

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

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

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 $244.00
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The best price we've seen is $94 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
              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"
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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 PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $180 - $225

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 510 HS

              Canon ELPH 510 HS

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $586

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly 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 ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $179 - $289

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon ELPH 500 HS

              Canon ELPH 500 HS

              Pro digicam

              $129

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Size Larger

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