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

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Canon ELPH 310 HS

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Canon ELPH 310 HS

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W580

Size
Really small
Super compact 94x56x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Weight
Light-weight
127 g
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
 

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
 
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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 Significantly 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 1 fps
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More than 8.5x faster continuous shooting
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
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Advantages of the Sony W580

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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)
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        310 HS:96x57x22 mm
        W580:94x56x19 mm
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        310 HS:Lens, Sensor shift
        W580:Lens
        Thickness Thin Help
        310 HS:0.9"
        W580:0.8"
        Weight Light weight Help
        310 HS:140 g
        W580:127 g
        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
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $148 - $191

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

        Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

        Canon ELPH 320 HS

        Compact

        $138 - $250

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $165

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $165

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $250 - $300

        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $250

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Size Larger
        Macro focus Worse macro capability

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W580 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

        Sony Cybershot W570

        Ultra compact

        $160

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $79 - $126

        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Longest exposure Longer exposures
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Ultra compact

        $255

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Smaller
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $160

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

        Ultra compact

        $366

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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

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