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Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Pentax Optio RZ10

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Canon ELPH 300 HS

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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 92x55x19 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 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
Much smaller
92x55x19 mm vs 97x61x33 mm
Help
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
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness
Much 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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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
Zoom
Slightly 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
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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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              300 HS$99.99
              RZ10$99.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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 HS3.4 fps
              RZ101 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $129

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $429

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

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $164

              Screen size 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

              $258

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              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

              $578

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

              Pentax Optio RZ10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Lowest price More expensive
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $189 - $209

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

              Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

              Compact

              $184

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $353

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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