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

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
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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
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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 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
        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"
        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 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $215

        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $421

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200 - $300

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        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 ELPH 530 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

        Ultra compact

        $150

        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 PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

        Canon ELPH 320 HS

        Compact

        $160 - $250

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $220 - $249

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $451

        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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $98 - $129

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $148

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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        discussion

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