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

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact 92x55x19 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 510 HS. Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 300 HS.

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"
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Around 20% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Zoom
More zoom
12x vs 5x
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Around 6x more zoom
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
Slightly cheaper
$159.00 vs $175.00
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The best price we've seen is $16 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Aperture
Significantly 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)
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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 Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Size Fairly small Help
              510 HS99x59x22 mm
              300 HS92x55x19 mm
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              510 HS1080p @ 30fps
              300 HS1080p @ 24fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              510 HS0.9"
              300 HS0.8"
              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 HS3.3 fps
              300 HS3.4 fps
              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 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 IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $570

              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 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $148

              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $274

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon ELPH 510 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $181

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

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179 - $207

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399 - $449

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $209 - $235

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $295

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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