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

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

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Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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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)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Weight
Slightly lighter
141 g vs 155 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$79.97 vs $149.99
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Zoom
More zoom
12x vs 5x
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Around 6x more zoom
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
87x54x19 mm vs 92x55x19 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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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
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Size Fairly small Help
              300 HS:92x55x19 mm
              ELPH 520 HS:87x54x19 mm
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              300 HS:0.8"
              ELPH 520 HS:0.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              300 HS:3.4 fps
              ELPH 520 HS:2.8 fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $179 - $289

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $586

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $180 - $250

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $244 - $400

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 510 HS

              Canon ELPH 510 HS

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger

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              Canon ELPH 300 HS Canon ELPH 520 HS

              discussion

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