Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Pentax Optio RZ18

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Pentax Optio RZ10

Winner
Canon ELPH 300 HS

56

Pentax Optio RZ10

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact (92×56×20 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ10

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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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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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Size
Significantly smaller
92×56×20 mm vs 97×61×33 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the 300 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 1.3"
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More than 40% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.4 fps vs 1 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
141 g vs 178 g
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More than 20% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax RZ10

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Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The RZ10's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
10x vs 5x
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4x more zoom
Lowest price
Cheaper
$112.01 vs $295.00
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The best price we've seen is $183 cheaper (2.6x less)
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recommendations

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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              300 HS3.4 fps
              RZ101 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $178

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $195

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $586

              Screen size Significantly 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 Significantly 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

              $144

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly 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
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Pentax Optio RZ10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $117

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Casio EX-Z3000

              Casio EX-Z3000

              Travel zoom

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR

              Travel zoom

              $414

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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