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

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS vs Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Really small
Size
Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

galleries

Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 300 HS.
Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 520 HS.

differences

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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the 300 HS's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.4 fps vs 2.8 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Slightly lighter
141 g vs 155 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution 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
More zoom
12x vs 5x
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Around 6x more zoom
Size
Slightly smaller
87×54×19 mm vs 92×56×20 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$149.99 vs $295.00
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The best price we've seen is $145 cheaper (around 50% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Size Very small Help
              300 HS92×56×20 mm
              ELPH 520 HS87×54×19 mm
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 24fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              300 HS0.8"
              ELPH 520 HS0.7"
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Light weight Help
              300 HS141 g
              ELPH 520 HS155 g
              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
              3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              300 HS3.4 fps
              ELPH 520 HS2.8 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $167

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $585

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $223

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $295

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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