As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot SD500 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms, super zooms, ultra compacts, pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Canon PowerShot SD500's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the PowerShot G3 X) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S7000 and the D7200)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD500 compared to other compact competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 26 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 461k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 12 MP).

Nikon Coolpix A10

Nikon Coolpix A10
11 years newer
$87

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A10 (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A10 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the Coolpix A10 and SD500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
6 years newer
$479

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S100 and SD500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot SD750

Canon PowerShot SD750
2 years newer
$800

Significant advantages of the SD750 (vs the SD500)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Better wide angle: 35 mm vs 37 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the SD750 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SD750 and SD500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (92×57×20 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810
9 years newer
$115

Significant advantages of the DSC-W810 (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W810 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-W810 and SD500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (93×53×23 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
9 years newer
$648 - $782

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 118k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the SD500)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.6" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 290 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and SD500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Tunnel

Canon PowerShot SD600

Canon PowerShot SD600
1 year newer
$260

Significant advantages of the SD600 (vs the SD500)

  • Better wide angle: 35 mm vs 37 mm

Significant disadvantages of the SD600 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD600 and SD500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (86×54×22 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD500 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (90×57×27 mm) vs professional size (133×100×80 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 3") and is much lighter (200 g vs 674 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 1,037k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes much lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 24 MP).

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
11 years newer
$263 - $749 (body only)
$332 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SD500)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 118k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 485 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and SD500

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A350 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Tunnel

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A350 (vs the SD500)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (131×99×75 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the DSLR-A350 and SD500

  • None found

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
10 years newer
$705 - $997 (body only)
$1,021 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the SD500)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 118k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 675 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the D7200 and SD500

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 years newer
$708 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the SD500)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 118k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 570 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the T3i and SD500

  • None found

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
11 years newer
$597 - $598 (body only)
$569 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the SD500)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 118k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 465 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the D5600 and SD500

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 465 g vs 200 g

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
8 years newer
$711 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the SD500)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 118k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 675 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the D7100 and SD500

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD500 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (2" vs 4.8"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 922k dots) and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps).

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
10 years newer
$178

Significant advantages of the S7000 (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the S7000 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S7000 and SD500

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S6800

Nikon Coolpix S6800
9 years newer
$299

Significant advantages of the S6800 (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the S6800 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S6800 and SD500

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Canon ELPH 520 HS
6 years newer
$243

Significant advantages of the ELPH 520 HS (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 520 HS (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the ELPH 520 HS and SD500

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS
10 years newer
$197

Significant advantages of the ELPH 350 HS (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 350 HS (vs the SD500)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/2.8
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the ELPH 350 HS and SD500

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
10 years newer
$200

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX710 HS and SD500

  • None found

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera
7 years newer
$110

Significant advantages of the Camera (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 37 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Much larger screen: 4.8" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the Camera (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the Camera and SD500

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD500 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (90×57×27 mm) vs professional size (123×87×106 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 4.2") and is significantly lighter (200 g vs 733 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 1,620k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X
10 years newer
$564 - $849

Significant advantages of the G3 X (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 118k dots

Significant disadvantages of the G3 X (vs the SD500)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (123×77×105 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4.1" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 733 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the G3 X and SD500

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (123×77×105 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
7 years newer
$848

Significant advantages of the SX50 HS (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX50 HS (vs the SD500)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4.2" vs 1.1"
  • Heavier: 595 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the SX50 HS and SD500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 595 g vs 200 g

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD500 compared to ultra 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 1/1500 of a second).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2" vs 2.7"), is slightly larger (compact (90×57×27 mm) vs ultra compact (86×54×19 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and is older (february 2005 vs february 2010).

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS
5 years newer
$299

Significant advantages of the SD1400 IS (vs the SD500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD1400 IS (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD1400 IS and SD500

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD1000

Canon PowerShot SD1000
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the SD1000 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD1000 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD1000 and SD500

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD500 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (90×57×27 mm) vs professional size (152×116×76 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 3"), is much lighter (200 g vs 950 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 22.3 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
7 years newer
$2,498 (body only)
$3,434 17-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2"
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Tunnel
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 118k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the SD500)

  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.1"
  • Much larger: Professional size (152×116×76 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much heavier: 950 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and SD500

  • None found

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
3 years newer
$521 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Tunnel
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 118k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the SD500)

  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • Much larger: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much heavier: 822 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the 50D and SD500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • Built-in flashes

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD500 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 1,037k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J4
9 years newer
$291 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J4 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 2 fps

Significant disadvantages of the J4 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the J4 and SD500

  • Fairly small: Compact (100×60×29 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Very light: 192 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
9 years newer
$428 - $448 (body only)
$518 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the A6000 and SD500

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Tunnel
  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 200 g