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

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
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
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm

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
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
360 ms vs 400 ms
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10% less delay when taking photos
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
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Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture
Significantly 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
Slightly cheaper
$145.00 vs $175.00
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The best price we've seen is $30 cheaper (around 20% 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
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/2.0
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
1080p @ 24fps
Wide angle Good wide angle Help
24 mm
Size Fairly small Help
300 HS92x55x19 mm
500 HS100x55x25 mm
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
300 HS360 ms
500 HS400 ms
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
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.4 fps
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
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

$149

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

$572

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$148

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 PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$399

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$109

Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Thickness Is thicker
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$209 - $226

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 310 HS

Travel zoom

$295

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

Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$220

Screen size Larger screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Size Slightly larger

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Travel zoom

$217 - $248

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Much narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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