As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot SD500 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, travel zooms, entry-level DSLRs, ultra compacts and super zooms. The Canon PowerShot SD500's top rivals come from Canon (such as the IXUS 165 and the EOS 7D Mark II) and Nikon (such as the D3200 and the Coolpix S5100)

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) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 28 mm), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 2.7"), is slightly larger (compact (90×57×27 mm) vs super compact (95×59×20 mm)) and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps).

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
6 years newer
$290

Significant advantages of the 300 HS (vs the SD500)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the 300 HS (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the 300 HS and SD500

  • Fairly small: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Nikon Coolpix S5100

Nikon Coolpix S5100
5 years newer
$179

Significant advantages of the S5100 (vs the SD500)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 37 mm
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the S5100 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S5100 and SD500

  • Fairly small: Super compact (97×57×22 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot SD700 IS

Canon PowerShot SD700 IS
1 year newer
$625

Significant advantages of the SD700 IS (vs the SD500)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 2"
  • Better wide angle: 35 mm vs 37 mm

Significant disadvantages of the SD700 IS (vs the SD500)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the SD700 IS and SD500

  • Fairly small: Compact (90×57×26 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 1" vs 1.1"
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Nikon Coolpix A100

Nikon Coolpix A100
11 years newer
$125

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A100 (vs the SD500)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A100 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the Coolpix A100 and SD500

  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×59×20 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS
2 years newer
$190

Significant advantages of the SD1100 IS (vs the SD500)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the SD1100 IS (vs the SD500)

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the SD1100 IS and SD500

  • Fairly small: Super compact (87×55×22 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Canon PowerShot SD600

Canon PowerShot SD600
1 year newer
$375

Significant advantages of the SD600 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 2"
  • Better wide angle: 35 mm vs 37 mm

Significant disadvantages of the SD600 (vs the SD500)

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the SD600 and SD500

  • Fairly small: Super compact (86×54×22 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

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 (149×112×78 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 3.1") and is significantly lighter (200 g vs 910 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 1,229k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 24.3 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
8 years newer
$1,039 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,469 - $1,949 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Tunnel
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the SD500)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Much larger: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 910 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and SD500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 910 g vs 200 g

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
9 years newer
$1,370 - $1,797 (body only)
$1,956 - $2,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2"
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Tunnel
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the SD500)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Much larger: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 750 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the D750 and SD500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 750 g vs 200 g

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
8 years newer
$799 (body only)
$899 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Tunnel
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the SD500)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Much larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 755 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the 70D and SD500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 200 g

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/3.5) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3") and has a much lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 922k dots).

Canon IXUS 165

Canon IXUS 165
10 years newer
$166

Significant advantages of the IXUS 165 (vs the SD500)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 37 mm
  • Higher resolution screen: 230k dots vs 118k dots

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 165 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the IXUS 165 and SD500

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS
10 years newer
$100

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a GPS

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

  • 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 SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
10 years newer
$174 - $249

Significant advantages of the SX610 HS (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 118k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SX610 HS (vs the SD500)

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

common strengths of the SX610 HS and SD500

  • None found

Fujifilm Finepix F600 EXR

Fujifilm Finepix F600 EXR
6 years newer
$298

Significant advantages of the F600 EXR (vs the SD500)

  • Records high-speed movies: 320 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm

Significant disadvantages of the F600 EXR (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the F600 EXR and SD500

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)
11 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 118k dots
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) and SD500

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Tunnel

Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F
9 years newer
$250

Significant advantages of the WB350F (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the WB350F (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the WB350F and SD500

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

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 570 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 921k 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 T6s

Canon EOS Rebel T6s
10 years newer

Significant advantages of the T6s (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 T6s (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Professional size (132×111×78 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 565 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the T6s and SD500

  • None found

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 years newer
$289 (body only)
$419 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the SD500)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 118k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 505 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the D3200 and SD500

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 years newer
$514 (body only)
$752 18-135mm lens

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

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
$789 - $997 (body only)
$1,025 - $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

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
10 years newer
$499 - $529 (body only)
$549 - $564 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (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 D5500 (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: 420 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the D5500 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: 420 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 much smaller screen (2" vs 2.5"), is slightly larger (compact (90×57×27 mm) vs ultra compact (92×56×18 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and is older (february 2005 vs february 2010).

Canon PowerShot SD1000

Canon PowerShot SD1000
2 years newer
$500

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

Canon PowerShot SD300

Canon PowerShot SD300
4 months older

Significant advantages of the SD300 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD300 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD300 and SD500

  • None found

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

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 prosumer size (123×77×105 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 4.1"), is significantly lighter (200 g vs 733 g) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

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 have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 20 MP).

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X
10 years newer
$699 - $899

Significant advantages of the G3 X (vs the SD500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 118k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the G3 X (vs the SD500)

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

common strengths of the G3 X and SD500

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Tunnel

Olympus SP-610 UZ

Olympus SP-610 UZ
6 years newer
$189

Significant advantages of the SP-610 UZ (vs the SD500)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 37 mm

Significant disadvantages of the SP-610 UZ (vs the SD500)

  • Thicker: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SP-610 UZ and SD500

  • Fairly small: Standard size (107×73×73 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 405 g vs 200 g