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

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

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Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact (92×56×20 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS.
Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 300 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A4000 IS

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 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
$145.00 vs $295.00
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (2x 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
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
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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
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At its widest zoom, the 300 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
92×56×20 mm vs 95×56×24 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 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% 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
              Size Fairly small Help
              A4000 IS95×56×24 mm
              300 HS92×56×20 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Weight Light weight Help
              A4000 IS145 g
              300 HS141 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              A4000 IS0.9"
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A4000 IS1,600 ISO
              300 HS3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $167

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Size Is slightly larger
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $178

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Ultra compact

              $225

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $221

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $84

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Travel zoom

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot A1200

              Canon PowerShot A1200

              Compact

              $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $97 - $98

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $586

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

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $295

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $144

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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