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

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

Size
Really small
Super compact 96x57x22 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.7 fps
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

Size
Really small
Super compact 95x57x22 mm
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 310 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8.7 fps vs 2.3 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Zoom Slightly more zoom 8x vs 5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
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
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 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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        310 HS:96x57x22 mm
        DMC-FX580:95x57x22 mm
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        310 HS:Sensor shift, Lens
        DMC-FX580:Lens
        Thickness Thin Help
        0.9"
        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

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $225

        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

        Canon ELPH 320 HS

        Compact

        $170 - $250

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200 - $300

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $176

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Zoom More zoom
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $404

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Lowest price Significantly more expensive
        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $248 - $300

        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Canon ELPH 520 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

        Ultra compact

        $160 - $175

        Size Smaller
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $365

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Much larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W200

        Compact

        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Sensor size Larger sensor
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Nikon Coolpix S3100

        Nikon Coolpix S3100

        Ultra compact

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Smaller
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

        Compact

        $200

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

        Compact

        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Slightly heavier

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        Canon ELPH 310 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580
        Canon ELPH 310 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

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