Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Canon ELPH 510 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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Canon ELPH 510 HS

59

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 510 HS

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Size
Really small
Compact (99×59×22 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 510 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX230 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
Size
Significantly smaller
99×59×22 mm vs 106×59×33 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.9" vs 1.3"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
206 g vs 215 g
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$174.50 vs $229.88
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The best price we've seen is $55 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the SX230 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
14x vs 12x
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Around 40% more zoom
Battery life
Longer battery life
210 shots vs 170 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              510 HS3.2"
              SX230 HS3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              510 HS
              1. Lens
              SX230 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              510 HS1/4000s
              SX230 HS1/3200s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              510 HS170 shots
              SX230 HS210 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              510 HS3.3 fps
              SX230 HS3.2 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              510 HS12x
              SX230 HS14x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 500 HS

              Canon ELPH 500 HS

              Pro digicam

              $130

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $319

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $217 - $402

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $546 - $649

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive

              Canon ELPH 510 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $110

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329 - $330

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $265

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $307

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $234

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

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