Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS vs Sony Cybershot DSC-W580

Sony Cybershot W580 vs Canon ELPH 310 HS

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-W580

56

Canon ELPH 310 HS

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W580

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.6
Really small
Size
Super compact 94x56x19 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
More storage slots
Storage slots
2
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8.7 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Canon ELPH 310 HS. Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-W580.

differences

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
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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8.7 fps vs 1 fps
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More than 8.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
8x vs 5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 2s
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7.5x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony W580

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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/2.6 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the W580's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Size
Smaller
94x56x19 mm vs 96x57x22 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
127 g vs 140 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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 HS96x57x22 mm
              W58094x56x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              310 HSLens, Sensor shift
              W580Lens
              Weight Light weight Help
              310 HS140 g
              W580127 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              310 HS0.9"
              W5800.8"
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $129

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $183

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $165

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              GPS Has a GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $581

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

              Sony Cybershot W570

              Ultra compact

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

              Ultra compact

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $194

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $118

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen

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              Canon ELPH 310 HS Sony Cybershot DSC-W580
              Canon ELPH 310 HS Sony Cybershot DSC-W580

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