Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

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Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Ultra compact 92x51x19 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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"
 
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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
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
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
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-WX30

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/2.6 vs f/2.7
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-WX30's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Size Slightly smaller 92x51x19 mm vs 92x55x19 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 117 g vs 141 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              300 HS:92x55x19 mm
              DSC-WX30:92x51x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              300 HS:141 g
              DSC-WX30:117 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $203

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $182

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $292 - $300

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $134 - $158

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $199

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $223 - $268

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $225

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $249

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Larger
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              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
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $185

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $118 - $128

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5

              Compact

              $300

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              $600

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

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              Canon ELPH 300 HS Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30
              Canon ELPH 300 HS Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

              discussion

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