Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Panasonic GF5

Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
30
Overall
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Canon ELPH 300 HS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 front
Portability
89
Imaging
50
Features
54
Overall
51

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Panasonic GF5 Key Specs

Canon ELPH 300 HS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.7-5.9) lens
  • 141g - 92 x 56 x 20mm
  • Revealed February 2011
  • Alternate Name is IXUS 220 HS
Panasonic GF5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 267g - 108 x 67 x 37mm
  • Announced April 2012
  • Previous Model is Panasonic GF3
  • Successor is Panasonic GF6
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Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Panasonic GF5 Overview

Here, we will be looking at the Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Panasonic GF5, one is a Ultracompact and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by rivals Canon and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the ELPH 300 HS (12MP) and the GF5 (12MP) is pretty close but the ELPH 300 HS (1/2.3") and GF5 (Four Thirds) provide different sensor measurements.

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The ELPH 300 HS was introduced 14 months before the GF5 which makes them a generation away from one another. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Canon ELPH 300 HS being a Ultracompact camera and the Panasonic GF5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving into a thorough comparison, here is a simple view of how the ELPH 300 HS matches up versus the GF5 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon ELPH 300 HS over the Panasonic GF5

 ELPH 300 HS GF5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF5 over the Canon ELPH 300 HS

 GF5 ELPH 300 HS 
AnnouncedApril 2012February 2011Newer by 14 months
Manual focus Very exact focus
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution920k230kClearer screen (+690k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon ELPH 300 HS and Panasonic GF5

 ELPH 300 HS GF5 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Panasonic GF5 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to travel with your camera, you will want to factor its weight and dimensions. The Canon ELPH 300 HS comes with outer dimensions of 92mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8") and a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs) while the Panasonic GF5 has dimensions of 108mm x 67mm x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5") having a weight of 267 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have chosen during that time. Below is a front view dimensions comparison of the ELPH 300 HS versus the GF5.

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Panasonic GF5 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ELPH 300 HS and GF5 is 96 and 89 respectively.

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Panasonic GF5 top view buttons comparison

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Panasonic GF5 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to picture the contrast in sensor dimensions just by looking through a spec sheet. The image underneath will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the ELPH 300 HS and GF5.

Clearly, both of those cameras feature the identical megapixel count albeit different sensor dimensions. The ELPH 300 HS contains the smaller sensor which will make getting shallow depth of field trickier. The more aged ELPH 300 HS will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Panasonic GF5 sensor size comparison

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Panasonic GF5 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Panasonic GF5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon ELPH 300 HS as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic GF5 as a Portrait photography camera
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includes face detection focusing
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
56
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focus
supports RAW formats
no external flash support
low resolution (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Canon ELPH 300 HS Street photography features
Panasonic GF5 Street photography features
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
70
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
boasts focus via touch
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon ELPH 300 HS as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic GF5 as a Sports photography camera
32
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (3.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
41
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon ELPH 300 HS Travel photography features
Panasonic GF5 Travel photography features
59
flash built-in
pretty wide (24mm)
no Timelapse function
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
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boasts focus via touch
flash built-in
no Timelapse function
low resolution (12MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon ELPH 300 HS Landscape photography advice
Panasonic GF5 Landscape photography advice
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pretty wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
small screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual exposure
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Timelapse function
60
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12MP)
no Timelapse function
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

Vlogging Comparison

Canon ELPH 300 HS as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic GF5 as a Vlogging camera
34
pretty wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no external microphone socket
32
touch screen
provides face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
no microphone support
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Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Panasonic GF5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon ELPH 300 HS and Panasonic GF5
 Canon ELPH 300 HSPanasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Panasonic
Model type Canon ELPH 300 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
Alternative name IXUS 220 HS -
Category Ultracompact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2011-02-07 2012-04-05
Physical type Ultracompact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Largest aperture f/2.7-5.9 -
Macro focusing distance 3cm -
Available lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech PureColor II G TFT LCD TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 15 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames per sec 4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 6.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 141 gr (0.31 lbs) 267 gr (0.59 lbs)
Physical dimensions 92 x 56 x 20mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8") 108 x 67 x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 50
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 20.5
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.0
DXO Low light rating not tested 573
Other
Battery life 220 pictures 360 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-4L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $250 $600