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

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8.7 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

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
 

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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$259.00 vs $499.98
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The best price we've seen is $241 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              310 HS:96x57x22 mm
              DMC-FX580:95x57x22 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              310 HS:Lens, Sensor shift
              DMC-FX580:Lens
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $150 - $189

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159

              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

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $100 - $250

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Travel zoom

              $134

              Zoom More zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $359

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $270

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $200 - $207

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $159

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Waterproof Waterproof
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen

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