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

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Winner
Canon ELPH 300 HS

59

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Pentax Optio RZ10

39

Pentax Optio RZ10

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio RZ10

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Pentax Optio RZ10 over the Canon ELPH 300 HS.
 

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
Significantly 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
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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$135.00 vs $229.87
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The best price we've seen is $95 cheaper (more than 40% 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
              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 resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              300 HS:3.4 fps
              RZ10:1 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $349

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $459

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung WB35F

              Samsung WB35F

              Travel zoom

              $83 - $99

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              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

              $586

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $239

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $245 - $400

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159 - $250

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

              Pentax Optio RZ10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Travel zoom

              $153

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen size Larger screen
              Pentax K-m

              Pentax K-m

              Entry-level DSLR

              $469 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Size Much larger
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Olympus SZ-10

              Olympus SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $166

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $400 - $659

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

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              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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