As well as being compared against other ultra compacts and travel zooms, the Canon IXUS 500 HS is also often compared to mirrorless, pro digicams, compacts and digicams. The Canon IXUS 500 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the Digital IXUS 30 and the IXUS 115 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S9300 and the 1 S1)

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXUS 500 HS compared to other ultra compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 230k dots), is slightly smaller (ultra compact (87×54×19 mm) vs compact (101×59×22 mm)) and has better image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Canon Digital IXUS 30

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7 years older

Significant advantages of the Digital IXUS 30 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Digital IXUS 30 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the Digital IXUS 30 and IXUS 500 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot IXUS 510 HS

Canon IXUS 510 HS
similar age
$225

Significant advantages of the IXUS 510 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 510 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the IXUS 510 HS and IXUS 500 HS

  • None found

Canon Digital IXUS 1000 HS

Canon Digital IXUS 1000 HS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the 1000 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 1000 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the 1000 HS and IXUS 500 HS

  • None found

Canon Digital IXUS 50

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the Digital IXUS 50 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Digital IXUS 50 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the Digital IXUS 50 and IXUS 500 HS

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXUS 500 HS compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a built-in flash, is much smaller (ultra compact (87×54×19 mm) vs compact (109×62×31 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is thinner (0.7" vs 1.2").

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.8 fps vs 6.9 fps), has a slightly shorter battery life (190 shots vs 300 shots) and is older (january 2012 vs january 2014).

Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9300
similar age

Significant advantages of the S9300 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S9300 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Much larger: Compact (109×62×31 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.2" vs 0.7"
  • Significantly heavier: 215 g vs 155 g

common strengths of the S9300 and IXUS 500 HS

  • Very small: Compact (109×62×31 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.2" vs 0.7"
  • Very light: 215 g vs 155 g

Canon IXUS 265 HS

Canon IXUS 265 HS
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the IXUS 265 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10.5 fps vs 2.8 fps

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 265 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Much larger: Compact (100×58×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the IXUS 265 HS and IXUS 500 HS

  • Very small: Compact (100×58×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.7"
  • Very light: 147 g vs 155 g

Samsung WB150F

Samsung WB150F
similar age

Significant advantages of the WB150F (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the WB150F (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Much larger: Compact (107×60×23 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the WB150F and IXUS 500 HS

  • Very small: Compact (107×60×23 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.7"
  • Very light: 188 g vs 155 g

Olympus VH-510

Olympus VH-510
similar age

Significant advantages of the VH-510 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the VH-510 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • No built-in flash
  • Much larger: Compact (100×65×26 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the VH-510 and IXUS 500 HS

  • Very small: Compact (100×65×26 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 0.7"
  • Very light: 190 g vs 155 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
3 years newer
$378

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ70 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly more zoom: 30x vs 12x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ70 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Much larger: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.7"
  • Much heavier: 243 g vs 155 g

common strengths of the DMC-TZ70 and IXUS 500 HS

  • Very small: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 0.7"
  • Light weight: 243 g vs 155 g

Canon PowerShot IXUS 160

Canon PowerShot IXUS 160
3 years newer
$133

Significant advantages of the IXUS 160 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 160 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Significantly larger: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)

common strengths of the IXUS 160 and IXUS 500 HS

  • Very small: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.7"
  • Very light: 127 g vs 155 g

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXUS 500 HS compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), records movies in 24p, is thinner (0.7" vs 1.3"), is slightly lighter (155 g vs 298 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a significantly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 1,040k dots), records less high-speed movies (240 fps vs 1,200 fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
6 months newer
$469 - $629 (body only)
$649 - $749 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the EOS M and IXUS 500 HS

  • Fairly small: Compact (109×66×32 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.7"
  • Light weight: 298 g vs 155 g

Nikon 1 S1

Nikon 1 S1
1 year newer
$129 11-2mm lens

Significant advantages of the S1 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the S1 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • No 24p support

common strengths of the S1 and IXUS 500 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 1,200 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×61×30 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.2" vs 0.7"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXUS 500 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is much smaller (ultra compact (87×54×19 mm) vs compact (102×58×36 mm)), is newer (january 2012 vs may 2010), is thinner (0.7" vs 1.4"), is slightly lighter (155 g vs 198 g) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.4 vs f/1.8), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
4 months newer
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and IXUS 500 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
8 months newer
$439

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S110 and IXUS 500 HS

  • None found

Canon IXUS 300 HS

Canon IXUS 300 HS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the IXUS 300 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 300 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the IXUS 300 HS and IXUS 500 HS

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXUS 500 HS compared to compact competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), is significantly smaller (ultra compact (87×54×19 mm) vs super compact (91×56×22 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has a slightly longer battery life (190 shots vs 170 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.4 vs f/2.7) and slightly shorter exposures (15 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Canon IXUS 115 HS

Canon IXUS 115 HS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the IXUS 115 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 115 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Larger: Super compact (93×56×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the IXUS 115 HS and IXUS 500 HS

  • Very small: Super compact (93×56×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.7"

Canon PowerShot IXUS 125 HS

Canon IXUS 125 HS
similar age

Significant advantages of the IXUS 125 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 125 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Significantly larger: Super compact (93×57×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the IXUS 125 HS and IXUS 500 HS

  • Very small: Super compact (93×57×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.7"

Canon IXUS 240 HS

Canon PowerShot IXUS 240 HS
similar age

Significant advantages of the IXUS 240 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 240 HS (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Significantly larger: Super compact (94×57×21 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the IXUS 240 HS and IXUS 500 HS

  • Very small: Super compact (94×57×21 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.7"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10
2 years older
$172

Significant advantages of the DMC-FS10 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FS10 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Much larger: Super compact (98×55×23 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the DMC-FS10 and IXUS 500 HS

  • Very small: Super compact (98×55×23 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.7"

Canon Digital IXUS 55

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the Digital IXUS 55 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Digital IXUS 55 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the Digital IXUS 55 and IXUS 500 HS

  • Very small: Super compact (86×54×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.7"
  • Very light: 155 g vs 155 g

Canon IXUS 105

Canon IXUS 105
1 year older
$146

Significant advantages of the IXUS 105 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 105 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Significantly larger: Super compact (91×56×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)

common strengths of the IXUS 105 and IXUS 500 HS

  • Very small: Super compact (91×56×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.7"

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXUS 500 HS compared to digicam competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 42 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 230k dots), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 0.3 MP).

Samsung ES75

Samsung ES75
1 year older

Significant advantages of the ES75 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the ES75 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the ES75 and IXUS 500 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot 350

Canon PowerShot 350
14 years older

Significant advantages of the PowerShot 350 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot 350 (vs the IXUS 500 HS)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 42 mm vs 28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the PowerShot 350 and IXUS 500 HS

  • None found