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Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Full 1080p HD Video (Purple)

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  • Ultra-Slim Camera with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens, 8x Optical Zoom, and Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Full HD Video Recording at 1080p in Stereo Sound
  • Large 3.0-Inch Wide LCD Viewing Screen
  • Smart AUTO Funciton Based on 32 Predefined Shooting Situations

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  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 9.7 x 5.6 cm ; 141 g
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 5701B001
  • ASIN: B005I6E8FE
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 20 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,535 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Ultra-slim camera with 28mm Wide-Angle lens, 8x Optical Zoom, and Optical Image Stabilizer. 12.1 Megapixel CMOS image sensor combined with Canon’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM for exceptional low-light performance up to ISO 3200. Capture stunning Full HD 1080p video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output. High-Speed Burst Mode allows continuous shooting and Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow playback in slow motion. Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting conditions. Large 3.0-inch wide LCD enables easy viewing. Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations. Movie Digest Mode records a short video clip right before shooting a photo and then combines one day’s worth of clips into a video.

From the Manufacturer

ELPH 310 A Masterpiece of Design and Technology
Ultra-Slim, Elegant Design

At a slim 0.87 inches, the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS digital camera is super-thin, making it a perfect choice for those who desire a small camera that fits easily in a pocket. With five cool metallic colors to choose from (Purple, Blue, Pink, Green and Silver), there is a PowerShot ELPH 310 HS that fits your style.Canon PowerShot 310 at Amazon.com

8x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens

Despite its slim profile, the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS houses a powerful Genuine Canon 8x Optical Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. The zoom starts at 28mm wide-angle and extends to 224mm telephoto (35mm equivalent), covering a wide and highly useful range. The telephoto reach gives you the freedom to capture subjects from afar, while the 28mm wide-angle makes it easy to shoot sweeping landscapes, large groups of people and tall buildings.

Canon PhotoShot ELPH 310

Optical Image Stabilizer

Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical in more shooting situations, providing excellent image quality in many difficult situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.


Experience the Power

Canon HS SYSTEM
The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations. Beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The system is the result of two technologies brought together in PowerShot cameras: a high-sensitivity imaging sensor, which is able to capture more light; and the DIGIC Image Processor, which actively reduces noise with high-speed image processing. The 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor in the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS incorporates advanced light reception technology that enhances sensitivity. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor provides a major boost in noise reduction, expanding the usable ISO range to an amazing high of 3200. The Canon HS SYSTEM takes the frustration out of low-light shooting, delivering clear, blur-free images.

Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras. The DIGIC 4 processor has ushered in a new level of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, Full HD video and Face Detection Self-timer. New, more powerful noise reduction algorithms also provide improved low-light capture.

Memorable Moments in Spectacular Full HD


Canon Full HD Video Advantage

In addition to the Canon HS SYSTEM, the combination of the advanced CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor in the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS makes it possible to shoot crisp, clear high definition video. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot spectacular 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound that you can later watch on your HDTV or download to your computer to share with family and friends. In addition to being able to shoot Full HD 1080p video at 24* frames per second, the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS can also shoot 720p HD video at 30** frames per second. *Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.

** Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.

HDTV Playback via HDMI with CEC Support

Canon PowerShot ELPH 310

It's easy to enjoy and share the videos you shoot with the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS. Simply connect its HDMI terminal to your HDTV using an HDMI cable. And because the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS supports HDMI-CEC technology, youíll be able to control the playback of your images and videos on any CEC-enabled HDTV using the TVís remote control. (CEC ñ Consumer Electronic Control ñ is part of the HDMI specification, enabling components in a system to communicate with one another.)

iFrame Movie Support

Canon PowerShot ELPH 310

With the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS, you can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions.


A PowerShot that Keeps Up with the Action
High-Speed Burst Mode

Capture amazing action shots like the pros with the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS camera. Using High-Speed Burst mode,* you can shoot at exceptionally high speeds ñ 8.7 frames per second. Itís a great feature for those who enjoy taking pictures at sporting events. High-Speed Burst is also an excellent way to make sure you capture that perfect instant in time when shooting any moving subject.

*Image resolution is 1984 x 1488 pixels when shooting in High-Speed Burst mode.

Super Slow Motion Movie

The Super Slow Motion Movie mode* on the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS gives you a fun and useful option when shooting videos. It records video clips at a very high speed ñ up to approximately 240 frames per second. When the clips are played at normal speed (30 fps), the action is dramatically slower. This video shooting mode can be used to capture memorable plays at sporting events or to analyze and study motion.

*Records 640 x 480 pixels at 120 fps and 320 x 420 pixels at 240 fps.


A Steady Image Is a Beautiful Image
Intelligent IS

The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image.



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Normal
Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning
Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Hybrid
Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Dynamic
Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Powered
Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
Tripod
When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.

See Everything Brilliantly

PureColor LCD System

The PowerShot ELPH 310 HS digital cameraís large and bright 3.0-inch PureColor LCD screen makes it easy to view and frame your shots in high resolution (461,000 dots).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 310

PureColor technology delivers excellent contrast with rich, true-to-life color. Moreover, you can view the LCD screen over a surprisingly wide angle ñ above, below or to either side ñ without color shifts and with minimal reflections. A scratch-proof hard coating and a dust-repellent fluorine coating ensure a durable screen that dependably displays clear, vibrant images.


A Smarter Camera Means Better Photos and Videos
Smart AUTO

Photographers of all levels appreciate a camera ñ especially a go-anywhere compact digital ñ that takes the hassle out of capturing beautiful images. The PowerShot ELPH 310 HS gives you Smart AUTO ñ sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. Smart AUTO automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture, whether youíre shooting stills or video. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects like animals and vehicles.

Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
Smart AUTO The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Program The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions.
Movie Digest Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day’s worth of clips into a video.
Handheld Night Scene Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.
Super Vivid Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Color Accent Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome
Low Light For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
Portrait Brings the subject into focus while beautifully blurring the background.
Kids & Pets The camera reduces focus time so you won’t miss those special shots.
Color Swap Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Beach Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Foliage Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
Smart Shutter The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
High-Speed Burst Captures rapid action frame by frame, by shooting continuously at a high speed while the shutter button is held down.
Best Image Selection Shoots five consecutive images then chooses the best one based on the image information.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Stitch Assist Easy-to-use guidelines simplify the shooting of aligned multiple frames that can later be combined (using bundled software) to create panoramic photos.
Long Shutter Use to blur moving subjects for artistic effect, ideal for urban night photography.
Fisheye Effect Now you can get the fisheye effect ó a classic photographic distortion ó without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.
Toy Camera Effect Simulates photos taken with ìtoyî or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Poster Effect Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Monochrome Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.
Super Slow Motion Movie Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.

High-Speed Burst
The camera shoots continuously at a high speed of approx. 8.7 fps while you hold down the shutter.

Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills

Emphasizes perspective for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of videos and stills.

Super Slow Motion Movie

Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.

Actual results may vary from examples shown above. Final image may vary depending on picture composition.

Easily Turn Your Memories into Videos

Movie Digest

Creating a video* containing highlights of a family vacation or an important occasion is a lot easier than you might think. When you use Movie Digest on the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS, the camera will automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) every time you shoot a still image. That entire day’s worth of clips will then be automatically combined into a single video. Movie Digest does all the work, so you can sit back and enjoy your video!


*Movie Digest videos are recorded at VGA resolution and 30 fps.


Easier, More Enjoyable Photography

Face Detection Technology including Smart Shutter

Special Scene Modes
Best Image Selection



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451 of 464 people found the following review helpful
Very Impressed By the performance of this camera Oct. 3 2011
By Larry M. Chaney - Published on Amazon.com
I have to say that I was happy to be one of the first people to buy this camera. I actually received it before it was being officially marketed at BestBuy stores. I saw a lady online post that the camera was in storage at many of the stores but that you could request for them to retrieve a box from storage, and they couldn't refuse you to buy one for a sale. I didn't believe this tactic, but I went to a BestBuy, and tried it. The guy told me that they had it in the back, and came back with three boxes. I was so surprised, and he then asked me, "Which color would you like." Apparently, it wasn't being officially marketed, but you could still unofficially request one, and be allowed to purchase it. I felt lucky. I used it on my birthday (Sep 30). I freelance with photography as a serious side hobby, and I own a Canon 60D. I have been waiting impatiently for this Elph 310 HS to come out, due to it's new HS system, larger and 450,000 dot per square inch Hi Def (improved) 3" screen, and the improved 8x optical zoom (which btw worked wonders). When I started using this at Disneyland, my friends and I was amazed at the clarity of the pictures. Being a serious freelance photographer, it have a lot of high standards when it comes to picture quality, shutter speed, and overall satisfaction. I was blown away by this camera. Not only that, but I was also blown away by the 1080p quality of the video (wow). I didn't buy this for video, but geese-it's great! I will, however, advise anyone buying a camera with any megapixel count over 3mp, to buy a high speed memory card. Do not be fooled into buying a cheap memory card. The standard is this. Buy one with at least 20MBPS speeds or more (nothing less This will cost at least 39 bucks for a 16Gigabite card, and you will thank me later, trust me. Try buying that cheap, crappy, slow card, you will notice shutter lag, video will stop all of a sudden while you are recording video 10 seconds into recording, and you will notice that your camera is super slow when trying to take pictures. Remember that your memory card is like a computer processor. The slower it is, the slower your computer will perform calculations. Keep this in mind. Suggested brand and memory capacity? Sandisk 16GB (Class 6) SDHC card (it's labeled SANDISK ULTRA). Well worth your buy. I hope this helps you all. You will not be sorry with this camera. One thing I will say is that the menus took some getting used to, and the buttons are way too flat for my larger sized fingers, but most of you will probably not have the same trouble I do with that issue, lol. I'm 6.5'with large hands. Any questions, please feel free to reply. You won't believe the results of your new Canon Elph 310 HS. Trust me. I know what I am talking about. Ask away.....
154 of 158 people found the following review helpful
Great Quality.. After a Few Tweeks Oct. 21 2011
By Matthew Prieto - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I purchased this camera as a replacement to my Canon SD870IS which I was very happy with. The features that really caught my eye in the 310 HS were the 1080p video, 12MP images (I print LARGE poster size images at time), the large LCD screen and the new flash technology. I didn't want a touch screen as my interface so I went with the 310 instead of the 510.

So far I've taken about 500 pictures and 20 videos (some 1080p others 720p) with the camera both inside and outside. Overall I'm impressed with the quality of the pictures and VERY impressed with the video quality.

Pictures:

When you set the camera to Auto is does a decent job at detecting the environment. It adjusts the focus/lighting accordingly and takes a decent pictures. However, there are times where I have been taking a wide angle scenic view and it decides to focus on the nearby post and adjust to macro. When it does that, the picture comes out a little grainy and some areas are out of focus. You can't see it on the LCD screen, but when you get it out of the camera and on a larger screen it really shows.

The Image Stabilization (IS) feature is really nice to have. You can watch the camera adjusting for your minor movements that you may have when holding the camera up.

The camera offers the ability to take pictures in numerous formats. The default is 4:3, but it also offers, 16:9, 3:2 and 1:1. The manual mode allows you the ability to changing lighting, ISO, scene, white balance and compression. There are way too many modes to go into each one (26 in total).

If you want to take excellent quality pictures you need to be aware that Auto isn't always what you want and if you move that switch to manual and adjust the settings the pictures will come out looking sharp and cleaner.

Videos:

This is really where the camera shines. The videos are fantastic. You can shoot at 1080p and 720p or your standard 480i. The IS for the videos works flawlessly. My first "test" video was of my kids playing soccer and me purposely moving the camera to see how the IS works. After downloading it and viewing on a 60" TV there were times where we though the camera was placed on a tri-pod. The IS works that good. The video quality is top notch and most of the time I shoot at 720p.

The format of the videos are MOV. Previous Canon camera shot videos using AVI. This camera will not play back any AVI files (as I found out because I swapped memory sticks from my old to new).

Shooting a 1080p results in a video total bitrate of roughly 36K kbps at 23fps and audio bit rate of 1600kbps. Shooting at a 720p resulted in a video total bitrate of 25K kbps at 29fps and an audio of 1600kbps. Audio is 2 channel stereo at 48kHz for both.

However, there are two things that I wish this camera did different when it comes to video. The first is the size of the videos and it's compression. At 1080p a 1 minutes and 45 seconds the video is 460MB in size. Given this is a HD video, but other cameras and even some phones offer the same quality and time with less space. The second is the removal the "Time Lapse" feature of videos. With my SD870IS it had the ability to record a video as a time lapse that would allow it to take a pictures every 1 or 2 seconds and stitch it into a video. I utilized that feature on numerous occasions and it has been removed.

Battery:

The battery claims to take 250 pictures on a single charge. However, I was only able to get about 180 (no flash) on the first charge before I had to insert a different fully charged battery. Perhaps it will increase overtime and as the battery becomes more used. I would recommend that you invest in an additional battery and carry that with you as well. From the time that the "low battery indicator" came on I was able to get about 15 more pictures before it shutdown.

Design:

I was hoping that they would offer the Red of the 510HS on the 310HS but I can't fault them for that. The case is nice and well put together. It's very functional and the buttons are intuitive and properly placed. I have not had an incident where I pushed the wrong button.

Overall I'm really impressed with the camera and it's feature set. It will take some adjusting to make sure that Auto is taking the pictures that I want it to take, but overall it's a great camera.
143 of 150 people found the following review helpful
Amazing camera, way better than the 300 HS! Oct. 15 2011
By Amy Matsuno - Published on Amazon.com
This camera is FANTASTIC. After losing my Canon SD 630 (which I've had since 2006), I was nervous I wouldn't find a camera that I would love again. I had originally ordered the 300 HS, and had it for about two weeks and then I found out that the 310 HS was coming out so I decided to return the 300 HS. I also wasn't really impressed with the 300 HS to begin with. There are tons of great reviews about it out there but I really was not satisfied (shutter lag was horrible -- even though I had an 8 GB memory card, pics came out blurry a lot, the exterior felt and looked cheap, and the quality of the pics were not that great considering that it was rated so highly). This is ridiculous considering that this camera was made 5 years after my old one, and I still thought my SD 630 was better quality! I took my chances on the 310 HS after reading all the specs and improvements and I am beyond glad that I made the switch to the 310 HS.

The color in the pictures looks beautiful, pictures look vivid, the video is superb (literally, the quality looks like a legitimate video camera), the exterior is sleek and glossy (unlike the scratchy cheap look of the 300 HS), the zoom is unreal (i went to a concert and was standing very far from the stage and was able to get a 32x zoom on the singer's face and the picture looks completely in focus and clear). Pictures so far on this camera often make it look even nicer than what the actual setting looked like. In addition, the 3 inch screen is a huge improvement over the smaller 300 HS screen. It's super vivid! I'm in love!

Quick note: You should totally buy the purple version of this camera! I got it after debating between the plain black or the metallic purple. It looks very modern and makes you stand out in the crowd. I like the glossy/shiny look of it and it doesn't make it look cheap (which was my biggest concern when I chose a color instead of silver or black).
91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Awesome, tiny cam w/ one BIG caveat - don't put it in your pocket! Nov. 4 2011
By Rob V. - Published on Amazon.com
Before I get to the negative portion, I've got to say this is a functionally oustanding camera. I spent a great deal of time weighing this cam against the 300 HS, 500 HS, 510 HS, S95, S100 and SX230 HS. This camera turned out to be the best combination of features and functions I could hope for... a fairly wide angle at the short end, great 8x zoom, and unbelievable low-light shooting. Its ability to get good shots both near for close-ups, and from far away (at concerts, as an example), in very low light is nothing short of stunning.

Before I received it, I wondered if I should have ordered one of the cams sporting an F2.0 lens, but in practice, the backlit CMOS sensor has an amazing ability to pull in enough light - like no other P&S I've ever used - and I've had a lot of them. Speedwise, it is very responsive. I still have yet to try things like wide-aperture intentional background blurring, and more extensive video use, but I'm already in love with the thing, regardless. It's good for nearly every situation, and I'm very excited about taking it to another year at Lollapalooza and numerous Chicago street fests.

The reach of the 8X zoom is great too, and with 12 mp of data, you have plenty of room to crop and blow up for an even closer shot. Detail at the telephoto end is excellent. Colors are very vivid and true-to life, a feature common to all 5 of our current Canon cameras. I dare say the image quality is as good as, or better than my beloved, but slow G7.

Now to the major problem... durability. The outside case feels solid enough, despite the plastic battery/SD card door. However, the metal lens housing is EXTREMELY thin. I bought this camera to replace my SD870, which due to such a touchy power button had opened up too many times in its case and in my pocket, resulting in every photo being focused on one side and blurry on the other. Since it's so small, I'm compelled to place this little sucker in my pocket. It doesn't turn on and open up so easily like the 870, but I already have unwittingly given it a slight dent in the front of the lens housing, which has made the lens protector stick open when I shut it off.

After working with it a bit, the lens now completely covers, but I'm bound and determined to keep it in the hard-sided case I bought for it. Like I said, the housing is EXTREMELY thin. I have finally learned my lesson. I tend to be pretty careful with all my cameras and gadgets, but I seriously think you can dent it by leaning up against a countertop (which is easier to do than you think), or having your keys in the same pocket. I would gladly have given up another 1 or 2mm and another $10 or $20 for a better build.

Sooo... if you can keep it out of your pants pocket, I'd highly recommend this camera. I'd give it 6 stars for versatility and image quality, but then it loses two for durability. Still... well worth 4 stars.
66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
pro review: one of the most useful and versatile point-and-shoots also creates stunning images Nov. 16 2011
By Roldan Pozo - Published on Amazon.com
Although most of my photography is in fine art studio work, I still use DSLRs and small point-and-shoots for travel and personal snapshots. I have owned and used both Nikon and Canon, and have personally used the Canon 780, S90, S95, and Elph 300, as well as this 310. Keeping in mind that photography is 95% photographer and 5% equipment, this 310 does allow one to create stunning images in more diverse conditions than its predecessors, including the S90, S95 series. These are all fine cameras, but the 310s extended lens range (29mm - 233mm equiv) basically eliminates the need to pack a bulky DSLR when I want to travel light. Also, the low-light performance of the 310 is much improved over previous sensors of this size.

Video quality is excellent for a camera this size. One of my disappointments with the otherwise excellent S90/95 was its video performance: choppy and poor focusing. (The older 780 was much better.) Canon must have listened to customers, as the 300/310 both employ much better video (1080p / 24fps) particularly in low light. The audio, I found, was much better than average.

I had not done a head-to-head comparison between the 300 and 310 as I didn't have them in front of me at the same time, but judging from the shots I took with both of them, I was more impressed with the consistent quality of the 310 overall. (May not make musch sense, as the electronics of both cameras are said to be identical.) Regardless, the extended range is definitely worth the $50-$60 price difference.

In good light, you can actually use the 12MP resolution to create stunning images. There is a tiny amount of chromatic aberration and an ever-so-slight softness around the edges (and no, it is not the same as my $2K Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 zoom) but it is actually quite impressive that this camera captures so much detail. I continued to be surprised by the performance, and would not hesitate to take this as my main walk-around camera when on travel.