Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 310 HS vs Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Canon ELPH 500 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
Canon ELPH 500 HS

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Really small
Size
Super compact 92x55x19 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 of a second
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

differences

Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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Size
Smaller
92x55x19 mm vs 100x55x25 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
141 g vs 185 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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More than 20% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
360 ms vs 400 ms
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10% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/2.7
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures slightly more light (0.9 f-stops)
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$145.00 vs $228.99
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The best price we've seen is $84 cheaper (around 40% less)
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the 500 HS.

similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
For that film look
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
300 HS:f/2.7
500 HS:f/2.0
Size Fairly small Help
300 HS:92x55x19 mm
500 HS:100x55x25 mm
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
300 HS:360 ms
500 HS:400 ms
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.4 fps
Zoom Poor zoom Help
300 HS:5x
500 HS:4.4x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$149

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Size Is slightly larger
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$220

Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$579

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 310 HS

Travel zoom

$258

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$289

Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$218

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$159

Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

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 PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$109 - $161

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Supports 24p No 24p support
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$164

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle

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