Updated (March 2013): Compare the Canon ELPH 310 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Canon ELPH 310 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

69

Canon ELPH 310 HS

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/3
Size
Really small
Super compact (96×57×22 mm)
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.7 fps
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

Items often bought with the SX260 HS or 310 HS

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 310 HS

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Size
Much smaller
96×57×22 mm vs 106×61×33 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the 310 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8.7 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.9" vs 1.3"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
140 g vs 231 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$295.00 vs $400.00
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The best price we've seen is $105 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 8x
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Around 6.5x more zoom
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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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
              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
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              310 HS1080p @ 30fps
              SX260 HS1080p @ 24fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              310 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              SX260 HS
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              210 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $335

              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
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $260

              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 PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205 - $249

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              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 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 165

              Canon IXUS 165

              Travel zoom

              $131 - $137

              Size Slightly smaller
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $223

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $329

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $369

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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