Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

Canon ELPH 310 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8.7 fps
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

Size
Really small
Super compact 95x57x22 mm
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens

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Advantages of the Canon 310 HS

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8.7 fps vs 2.3 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 310 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
8x vs 5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$258.00 vs $499.98
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The best price we've seen is $242 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight
Lighter
140 g vs 167 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX580

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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX580's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              310 HS96x57x22 mm
              DMC-FX58095x57x22 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $203

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $199 - $200

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $554

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price Much more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100

              Compact

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Compact

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $105

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Ultra compact

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Fujifilm FinePix F500 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F500 EXR

              Travel zoom

              $190

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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