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

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Winner
Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Pentax Optio RZ10

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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"
Weight
Light-weight
141 g
 

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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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Much smaller 92x55x19 mm vs 97x61x33 mm
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Around 50% smaller
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 Significantly better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Thickness Much thinner 0.8" vs 1.3"
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More than 40% thinner
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Weight Lighter 141 g vs 178 g
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More than 20% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.4 fps vs 1 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 9.7 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
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
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
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
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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
        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
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon ELPH 520 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

        Ultra compact

        $109 - $117

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

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $341

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548

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

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $203

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

        Travel zoom

        $80 - $180

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger

        Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon ELPH 330 HS

        Canon ELPH 330 HS

        Travel zoom

        $197

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

        Canon ELPH 320 HS

        Compact

        $138 - $250

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $165

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
        Canon ELPH 310 HS

        Canon ELPH 310 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        $180

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

        Pentax Optio RZ10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Pentax Optio VS20

        Pentax Optio VS20

        Travel zoom

        $150

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
        Size Significantly larger
        Olympus SZ-10

        Olympus SZ10

        Travel zoom

        $276

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Significantly larger
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

        Ultra compact

        $120 - $158

        Size Much smaller
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Zoom Less zoom
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

        Travel zoom

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Pro digicam

        $355

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Size Much larger
        Zoom Less zoom

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