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

Sony Cybershot W580 vs Canon ELPH 310 HS

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W580

Really small
Size
Super compact 94x56x19 mm
More storage slots
Storage slots
2
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 310 HS

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

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
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
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
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 significantly faster
8.7 fps vs 1 fps
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More than 8.5x faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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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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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$100.80 vs $258.00
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The best price we've seen is $157 cheaper (2.6x less)
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 HS:96x57x22 mm
              W580:94x56x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              310 HS:0.9"
              W580:0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              310 HS:140 g
              W580:127 g
              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $109

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon ELPH 310 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              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

              $220

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

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159

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

              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
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $119

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $130

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P310

              Nikon Coolpix P310

              Pro digicam

              $397

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              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
              Canon ELPH 310 HS Sony Cybershot DSC-W580

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              ELPH 310 HS
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