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

Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Canon ELPH 510 HS

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Canon ELPH 510 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 510 HS

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 510 HS

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 2.7"
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Around 20% larger screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Zoom
More zoom
12x vs 5x
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Around 6x more zoom
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 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$125.00 vs $228.99
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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
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More than 10% better wide angle
Size
Smaller
92x55x19 mm vs 99x59x22 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
141 g vs 206 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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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 Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Size Fairly small Help
              510 HS:99x59x22 mm
              300 HS:92x55x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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

              $159

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159 - $250

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $565

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $160

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $152 - $289

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon ELPH 510 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189 - $227

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Super zoom

              $140 - $215

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $90 - $180

              Screen size Larger screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $107

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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