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

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Winner
Canon ELPH 300 HS

58

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Pentax Optio RZ10

39

Pentax Optio RZ10

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Size
Really small
Super compact 92x55x19 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ10

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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Size Significantly smaller 92x55x19 mm vs 97x61x33 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)
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
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 Lens vs 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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $129.95 vs $455.00
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The best price we've seen is $325 cheaper (3.5x less)
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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Zoom More zoom 10x vs 5x
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4x more zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 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 1 f-stop better
Pentax Optio RZ10 Learn more about
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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 Common Weaknesses

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

              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              300 HS:3.4 fps
              RZ10:1 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $200

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $249

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $134 - $148

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $204

              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

              $241

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $167

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $282

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker

              Pentax Optio RZ10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

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              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $144

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly smaller
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $329

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              appearance

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Pentax Optio RZ10
              Canon ELPH 300 HS Pentax Optio RZ10
              Canon ELPH 300 HS Pentax Optio RZ10

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