Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Winner
Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

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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"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS over the Canon ELPH 300 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A4000 IS

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Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
8x vs 5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
Lowest price
Cheaper
$121.68 vs $228.99
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The best price we've seen is $107 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
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 @ 24fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the 300 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
92x55x19 mm vs 95x56x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 300 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              A4000 IS:95x56x24 mm
              300 HS:92x55x19 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              A4000 IS:145 g
              300 HS:141 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              A4000 IS: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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $123

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $268

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165 - $180

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $119

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen

              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 IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $577

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $258

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

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