Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.5
Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 300 HS.

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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
92×56×20 mm vs 99×56×20 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.8"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.5" vs 2.7"
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Around 30% larger screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.5 vs f/2.7
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX78's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              300 HSf/2.7
              DMC-FX78f/2.5
              Size Fairly small Help
              300 HS92×56×20 mm
              DMC-FX7899×56×20 mm
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              300 HS1080p @ 24fps
              DMC-FX781080p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              300 HS141 g
              DMC-FX78142 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              300 HS3.4 fps
              DMC-FX783.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              300 HS3,200 ISO
              DMC-FX781,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $250

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $110

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $179

              Screen size Larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $589

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $295

              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

              $139

              Screen size Larger screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung PL200

              Samsung PL200

              Compact

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Compact

              $305

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Ultra compact

              Size Slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $148

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $200

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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