As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot SD500 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs, ultra compacts and travel zooms. The Canon PowerShot SD500's top rivals come from Canon (such as the Rebel T5i and the EOS 7D) and Nikon (such as the D5600 and the D5300)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD500 compared to other compact competitors include: it is thinner (1.1" vs 1.6") and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (3x vs 4x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 26 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2" vs 2.7"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 1,229k dots) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
9 years newer
$571 - $648

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 SD550

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6 months newer

Significant advantages of the SD550 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD550 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD550 and SD500

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

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
  • Much more zoom: 5x vs 3x
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs None

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 SD700 IS

Canon PowerShot SD700 IS
1 year newer
$275

Significant advantages of the SD700 IS (vs the SD500)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SD700 IS (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD700 IS and SD500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (90×57×26 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 1" 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 prosumer size (124×99×76 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 @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
11 years newer
$597 - $625 (body only)
$579 - $719 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

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
8 years newer
$787 (body only)
$539 - $683 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (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 T5i (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 580 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the T5i and SD500

  • None found

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
8 years newer
$430 (body only)
$500 - $550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (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 D5300 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 480 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the D5300 and SD500

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 200 g

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
4 years newer
$340 (body only)

Significant advantages of the T1i (vs the SD500)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 20fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 118k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the T1i (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.4" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 520 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the T1i and SD500

  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.1"

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

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 large (160×159×92 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 3.6"), is significantly lighter (200 g vs 1,415 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 2,359k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 20.7 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (400 ISO vs 3,280,000 ISO).

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
4 years newer
$1,660 18-135mm lens

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

  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • Much larger: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 860 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the 7D and SD500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 860 g vs 200 g

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
8 years newer
$1,345 18-135mm 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

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
11 years newer
$5,126 - $6,497 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2"
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Tunnel
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D5 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Large (160×159×92 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.6" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 1,415 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the D5 and SD500

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
3 years newer
$2,314 24-105mm lens

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

  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.1"
  • Much larger: Professional size (152×114×75 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 850 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and SD500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (152×114×75 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 3" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 850 g vs 200 g

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
8 years newer
$1,399 - $1,799 (body only)
$1,429 - $1,799 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
$1,344 - $1,697 (body only)
$2,197 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

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD500 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 narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 35 mm), is slightly larger (compact (90×57×27 mm) vs ultra compact (86×54×19 mm)), is older (february 2005 vs february 2007), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.7") and is slightly heavier (200 g vs 150 g).

Canon PowerShot SD1000

Canon PowerShot SD1000
2 years newer
$823

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 SD400

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similar age
$349

Significant advantages of the SD400 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD400 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD400 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/3.6) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has way more less zoom (3x vs 20x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly smaller screen (2" vs 3") and has a slightly lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 461k dots).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS
10 years newer
$189

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

  • Much more zoom: 12x vs 3x
  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Has a GPS

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

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the ELPH 350 HS and SD500

  • Very small: Compact (100×58×23 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 147 g vs 200 g

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
10 years newer
$179

Significant advantages of the S7000 (vs the SD500)

  • Much more zoom: 20x vs 3x
  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S7000 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S7000 and SD500

  • Very small: Compact (99×60×27 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 165 g vs 200 g