Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Canon ELPH 510 HS vs Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Canon ELPH 510 HS

Winner
Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Canon ELPH 510 HS

54

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Really small
Size
Super compact 92x55x19 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
Light-weight
Weight
141 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 510 HS

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

differences

Advantages of the Canon 510 HS

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 2.7"
Help
Around 20% larger screen
Zoom
More zoom
12x vs 5x
Help
Around 6x more zoom
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
Help
More than 2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
Help
2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$125.00 vs $228.99
Help
The best price we've seen is $104 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the 300 HS's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
Help
More than 10% better wide angle
Size
Smaller
92x55x19 mm vs 99x59x22 mm
Help
More than 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
141 g vs 206 g
Help
More than 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
Help
More than 10% thinner
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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
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Size Fairly small Help
              510 HS:99x59x22 mm
              300 HS:92x55x19 mm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              510 HS:0.9"
              300 HS:0.8"
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              510 HS:3.3 fps
              300 HS:3.4 fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $583

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $258

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $170 - $179

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 500 HS

              Canon ELPH 500 HS

              Pro digicam

              $153

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon ELPH 510 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $164

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker

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