Updated (January 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 300 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 (92×56×20 mm)
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

Items often bought with the 300 HS or 500 HS

galleries

Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 300 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 500 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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Size
Smaller
92×56×20 mm vs 101×55×25 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
141 g vs 185 g
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More than 20% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.2" vs 2.7"
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Around 20% larger screen
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2 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 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 $295.00
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (2x less)
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
For that film look
Aperture Wide aperture Help
300 HSf/2.7
500 HSf/2
Size Fairly small Help
300 HS92×56×20 mm
500 HS101×55×25 mm
Wide angle Good wide angle Help
24 mm
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
1080p @ 24fps
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Thickness Thin Help
300 HS0.8"
500 HS1"
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.4 fps
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help
300 HS5x
500 HS4.4x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$165

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Size Is slightly larger
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$335

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$223

Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$250

Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$119 - $352

Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Thickness Is thicker
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$160

Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Compact

$135

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens

Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

Travel zoom

Screen size Significantly larger screen
GPS Has a GPS
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 310 HS

Travel zoom

$295

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Supports 24p No 24p support
Size Significantly larger
Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

Travel zoom

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Weight Slightly lighter
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F

Travel zoom

$200 - $209

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$179

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle

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