As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon IXY Digital 500 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, ultra compacts, travel zooms, super zooms and mirrorless. The Canon IXY Digital 500's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS Kiss Digital X and the PowerShot SD400) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FH1)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXY Digital 500 compared to other compact competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (1.5" vs 2.7"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (february 2004 vs january 2010) and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9").

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FH1 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FH1 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-FH1 and IXY Digital 500

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (98×55×23 mm) vs Compact (87×57×28 mm)

Canon PowerShot S410

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similar age

Significant advantages of the S410 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S410 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • None found

common strengths of the S410 and IXY Digital 500

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (87×57×28 mm) vs Compact (87×57×28 mm)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXY Digital 500 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (87×57×28 mm) vs prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 2.6") and is significantly lighter (215 g vs 556 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p vs 1080p @ 20fps), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (5 MP vs 15.1 MP) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.5 fps vs 3.4 fps).

Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

Canon EOS Kiss Digital X
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the Kiss Digital X (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 5 MP
  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 1.5"
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Tunnel

Significant disadvantages of the Kiss Digital X (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm) vs Compact (87×57×28 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.6" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 556 g vs 215 g

common strengths of the Kiss Digital X and IXY Digital 500

  • Very small: Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm) vs Compact (87×57×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 1.1"

Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3

Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the Kiss Digital X3 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 15.1 MP vs 5 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 118k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Kiss Digital X3 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Compact (87×57×28 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.4" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 520 g vs 215 g

common strengths of the Kiss Digital X3 and IXY Digital 500

  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Compact (87×57×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.1"

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXY Digital 500 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (1.5" vs 2"), is slightly larger (compact (87×57×28 mm) vs ultra compact (86×53×21 mm)), is older (february 2004 vs february 2005), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8") and is slightly heavier (215 g vs 150 g).

Canon PowerShot SD400

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the SD400 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD400 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD400 and IXY Digital 500

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXY Digital 500 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (3x vs 18x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 25 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 460k dots) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Canon IXUS 135

Canon IXUS 135
9 years newer

Significant advantages of the IXUS 135 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 135 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the IXUS 135 and IXY Digital 500

  • Very small: Super compact (93×52×22 mm) vs Compact (87×57×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 134 g vs 215 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300
9 years newer
$779

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX300 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX300 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-WX300 and IXY Digital 500

  • Very small: Compact (96×55×25 mm) vs Compact (87×57×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 166 g vs 215 g

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
10 years newer
$359

Significant advantages of the SX600 HS (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the SX600 HS (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/2.8
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX600 HS and IXY Digital 500

  • Very small: Compact (104×61×26 mm) vs Compact (87×57×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 188 g vs 215 g

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXY Digital 500 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), is slightly smaller (compact (87×57×28 mm) vs standard size (107×73×73 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 2.9"), is slightly lighter (215 g vs 405 g) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 28 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (5 MP vs 9.7 MP) and is older (february 2004 vs february 2011).

Olympus SP-610 UZ

Olympus SP-610 UZ
7 years newer

Significant advantages of the SP-610 UZ (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SP-610 UZ (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.8
  • Thicker: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SP-610 UZ and IXY Digital 500

  • Very small: Standard size (107×73×73 mm) vs Compact (87×57×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 405 g vs 215 g

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXY Digital 500 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 460k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (5 MP vs 10 MP).

Nikon 1 S1

Nikon 1 S1
9 years newer
$129 11-2mm lens

Significant advantages of the S1 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 118k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S1 (vs the IXY Digital 500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S1 and IXY Digital 500

  • Fairly small: Compact (102×61×30 mm) vs Compact (87×57×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.2" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 240 g vs 215 g