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

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

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
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
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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

Canon ELPH 310 HS Canon ELPH 310 HS 55

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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
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 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$155 - $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 S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$230 - $249

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$178

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Size Is slightly smaller
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$220

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
Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

Digicam

$180 - $250

Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$241

Wide angle Better wide angle
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$175 - $179

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Fujifilm FinePix F500 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F500 EXR

Travel zoom

$150

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Zoom More zoom
Size Significantly larger
Aperture Narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Travel zoom

$319

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$289 - $300

3D Takes 3D photos
Zoom More zoom
Size Significantly larger
Aperture Narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

Compact

Size Slightly larger
Weight Slightly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Compact

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen

appearance

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

discussion

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