Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Nikon Coolpix AW110

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Winner
Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Nikon Coolpix AW100

44

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact 92x55x19 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix AW100

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
230 ms shutter lag
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the 300 HS's lens captures slightly more light (1.1 f-stops)
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Significantly smaller
92x55x19 mm vs 110x64x22 mm
Help
Around 40% smaller
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Weight
Lighter
141 g vs 178 g
Help
More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$79.97 vs $274.00
Help
The best price we've seen is $194 cheaper (3.4x less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon AW100

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Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
230 ms vs 360 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
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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
              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"
              AW100:0.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              300 HS:3.4 fps
              AW100:3 fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $128 - $237

              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159

              Screen size Larger screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $562

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $90 - $180

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $259

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $160

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Nikon Coolpix AW100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $242 - $314

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $170 - $179

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $100 - $169

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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              Avatar for Elfx Elfx (5:16 AM, September 05, 2012)
              "Around 4x longer exposures", may be you want to enhance the information, like " or 2 stops longer exposure" :)