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
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
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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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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
        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 S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $230 - $249

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $138

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon ELPH 510 HS

        Canon ELPH 510 HS

        Travel zoom

        $170 - $279

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Canon Powershot S100

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $294 - $429

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $148

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        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

        $179 - $204

        Screen size Larger screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Canon ELPH 520 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

        Ultra compact

        $175 - $179

        Screen size Larger screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $214

        Screen size Larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $241

        Screen size Larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        $114 - $180

        Screen size Larger screen
        Lowest price Slightly cheaper
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

        Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $108 - $138

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5

        Compact

        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Olympus Stylus XZ-10

        Olympus Stylus XZ-10

        Pro digicam

        $167 - $399

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

        Travel zoom

        $183

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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