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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Size
Really small
Super compact 92x55x19 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 
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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
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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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $179.99 vs $234.99
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The best price we've seen is $55 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              300 HS:0.8"
              ELPH 520 HS:0.7"
              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

              $179 - $204

              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

              $200

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $241

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $165 - $170

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $167

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $285

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $282

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $179

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $118 - $128

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              appearance

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              discussion

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              Canon ELPH 520 HS
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