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 87x54x19 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Size
Really small
Super compact 92x55x19 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
0.8"

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
Significantly 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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$99.99 vs $119.99
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The best price we've seen is $20 cheaper (around 20% 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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Zoom
More zoom
12x vs 5x
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Around 6x more zoom
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
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
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Size Very small Help
              300 HS92x55x19 mm
              ELPH 520 HS87x54x19 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 24fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              300 HS0.8"
              ELPH 520 HS0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              300 HS141 g
              ELPH 520 HS155 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              300 HS$99.99
              ELPH 520 HS$119.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              300 HS3.4 fps
              ELPH 520 HS2.8 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $164

              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

              $578

              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 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 ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $178

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $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 significantly more expensive
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $258

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $129

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Much larger

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

              Casio Exilim ZR-200

              Travel zoom

              $267

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Size Significantly larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

              Compact

              $190

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon ELPH 500 HS

              Canon ELPH 500 HS

              Pro digicam

              $145

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Zoom Less zoom

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