Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L120 vs Canon ELPH 300 HS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L120

33

Canon ELPH 300 HS

31

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Thickness
Thin
0.8"

Items often bought with the Nikon L120 or Canon 300 HS

galleries

Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 300 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L120.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the 300 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Size
Significantly smaller
92×56×20 mm vs 110×77×78 mm
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6.6x smaller
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.8" vs 3.1"
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4x thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.4 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 5x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Significantly lighter
141 g vs 406 g
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2.9x lighter
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 300 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$289.00 vs $415.79
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The best price we've seen is $127 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom
More zoom
21x vs 5x
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More than 17.5x more zoom
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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 HS3.4 fps
              L1200.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              300 HS3,200 ISO
              L1201,600 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $334

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $295

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier

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