Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

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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"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the 300 HS's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Size Much smaller 92x55x19 mm vs 106x61x33 mm
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2.1x smaller
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 360 ms vs 510 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Much thinner 0.8" vs 1.3"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 141 g vs 231 g
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Around 40% lighter
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $165.00 vs $199.99
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The best price we've seen is $35 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Zoom Much more zoom 20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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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
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              300 HS:3.4 fps
              SX260 HS:3.2 fps
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon ELPH 330 HS

              Canon ELPH 330 HS

              Travel zoom

              $197

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $203

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $400

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $109 - $117

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $119

              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 significantly narrower aperture

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $189

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $138 - $250

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179

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

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $180

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $209 - $299

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $213

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $238

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

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