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

Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W580

Storage slots
More storage slots
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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
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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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
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
Slightly lighter
127 g vs 141 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$104.46 vs $229.87
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The best price we've seen is $125 cheaper (2.2x less)
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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
              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
              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
              W580:1 fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $128 - $237

              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 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 S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $239 - $400

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

              Sony Cybershot W570

              Ultra compact

              $145

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Casio Exilim EX-Z2300

              Casio Exilim EX-Z2300

              Compact

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

              Ultra compact

              $320

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

              Casio Exilim ZR-200

              Travel zoom

              $190

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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