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
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Weight
Light-weight
140 g
 

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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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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recommendations

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

Canon ELPH 310 HS Canon ELPH 310 HS 58

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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:Lens, Sensor shift
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

Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$198

Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture
Screen size Smaller screen
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$170 - $250

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

$248 - $300

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

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$407

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Casio Exilim EX-Z550

Casio Exilim EX-Z550

Compact

Aperture Wider aperture
Size Slightly smaller
Screen size Smaller screen
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Olympus SP-590 UZ

Olympus SP-590 UZ

Super zoom

Zoom Much more zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Fujifilm Finepix JX500

Fujifilm Finepix JX500

Compact

$52

Weight Lighter
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Aperture Narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

Ultra compact

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$327 - $400

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker

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
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580
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