Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Sony Cybershot DSC-W580

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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 Sony Cybershot W580

Size
Really small
Super compact 94x56x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Weight
Light-weight
127 g
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
 
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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
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
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.4 fps vs 1 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 2s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony W580

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Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/2.6 vs f/2.7
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At its widest zoom, the W580's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Weight Lighter 127 g vs 141 g
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Around 10% lighter
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Aperture Wide aperture Help
        300 HS:f/2.7
        W580:f/2.6
        Size Fairly small Help
        300 HS:92x55x19 mm
        W580:94x56x19 mm
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Thickness Thin Help
        0.8"
        Weight Light weight Help
        300 HS:141 g
        W580:127 g
        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
        W580:1 fps
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        5x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

        Travel zoom

        $104 - $109

        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

        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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W580 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

        Sony Cybershot W570

        Ultra compact

        $160

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $79 - $126

        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Longest exposure Longer exposures
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Ultra compact

        $255

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Smaller
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $160

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

        Ultra compact

        $366

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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        Canon ELPH 300 HS Sony Cybershot DSC-W580
        Canon ELPH 300 HS Sony Cybershot DSC-W580

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