As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot SD500 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms, pro digicams, ultra compacts, pro DSLRs, super zooms and mirrorless. The Canon PowerShot SD500's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SD550 and the ELPH 300 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S7000 and the D3300)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD500 compared to other compact competitors include: it is thinner (1.1" vs 2.4") and 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 slightly smaller screen (2" vs 2.5"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (february 2005 vs february 2009).

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
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
6 years newer
$261

Significant advantages of the 300 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 300 HS (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the 300 HS and SD500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the SD1200 IS (vs the SD500)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Better wide angle: 35 mm vs 37 mm
  • Lighter: 120 g vs 200 g

Significant disadvantages of the SD1200 IS (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD1200 IS and SD500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

HP Photosmart R725

HP Photosmart R725
10 months newer

Significant advantages of the R725 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the R725 (vs the SD500)

  • Much thicker: 2.4" vs 1.1"
  • Worse wide angle: 39 mm vs 37 mm

common strengths of the R725 and SD500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810
9 years newer
$100

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

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • 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
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot SD900

Canon PowerShot SD900
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the SD900 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD900 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD900 and SD500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

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 (131×99×75 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 3") and is significantly lighter (200 g vs 555 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes much lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 24 MP).

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
8 years newer
$868 18-55mm, 70-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the SD500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 7.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 118k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.7" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 407 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the SL1 and SD500

  • Very small: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 407 g vs 200 g

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
9 years newer
$475 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the SD500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 7.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 118k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 430 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the D3300 and SD500

  • Light weight: 430 g vs 200 g

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350
2 years newer

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 14 MP vs 7.1 MP
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

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

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (131×99×75 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 674 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the DSLR-A350 and SD500

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
11 years newer
$258 - $549 (body only)
$285 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SD500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 7.1 MP
  • 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"
  • Significantly heavier: 485 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and SD500

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
10 years newer
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the SD500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 7.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 118k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 555 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the T6i 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 viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (3x vs 20x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly smaller screen (2" vs 4.8") and has a slightly lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 460k dots).

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
10 years newer
$220

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

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

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS
10 years newer
$170

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)

  • 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"
  • Light weight: 147 g vs 200 g

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera
7 years newer
$120

Significant advantages of the Camera (vs the SD500)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Camera (vs the SD500)

  • Significantly heavier: 300 g vs 200 g
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the Camera and SD500

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Compact (129×71×19 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS
9 years newer
$342

Significant advantages of the ELPH 150 IS (vs the SD500)

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

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 150 IS (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the ELPH 150 IS and SD500

  • Very small: Compact (95×57×24 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 142 g vs 200 g

Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F
9 years newer
$479

Significant advantages of the WB350F (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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
  • Fairly small: Compact (114×65×25 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 1.1"

Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 310 HS
6 years newer
$235

Significant advantages of the 310 HS (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the 310 HS (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the 310 HS and SD500

  • Very small: Super compact (96×57×22 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 140 g vs 200 g

compared toPro digicam competitors

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

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.18x5.32mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 28 mm), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3") and has a much lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 922k dots).

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
11 years newer
$494 - $649

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.18x5.32mm

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and SD500

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G9

Canon PowerShot G9
2 years newer
$460

Significant advantages of the G9 (vs the SD500)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Better wide angle: 35 mm vs 37 mm

Significant disadvantages of the G9 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the G9 and SD500

  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
8 years newer
$510

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the G16 and SD500

  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

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 slightly narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 35 mm), is slightly larger (compact (90×57×27 mm) vs ultra compact (86×54×21 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (february 2005 vs february 2007) and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.7").

Canon PowerShot SD400

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similar age

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

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

Nikon Coolpix S200

Nikon Coolpix S200
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the SD500)

  • None found

common strengths of the S200 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 much 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 much lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 2,359k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 20.7 MP) and much lower maximum light sensitivity (400 ISO vs 3,280,000 ISO).

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
11 years newer
$4,860 - $6,497 (body only)
$5,756 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 118k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 14 fps vs 2 fps

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 7D

Canon EOS 7D
4 years newer
$1,099 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Tunnel
  • Shoots much faster: 8 fps vs 2 fps

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)
  • Much 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)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
5 years newer
$2,741 (body only)
$2,360 100mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" 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 60D (vs the SD500)

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

common strengths of the 60D and SD500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 200 g
  • Built-in flashes

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD500 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact (90×57×27 mm) vs large (130×95×122 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 5.4"), is significantly lighter (200 g vs 780 g) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (3x vs 83.3x), 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 1,037k dots) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
9 years newer
$140 - $178

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SD500)

  • Significantly larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 4.8" vs 1.1"
  • Heavier: 590 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and SD500

  • Light weight: 590 g vs 200 g

Nikon DL24-500

Nikon DL24-500
11 years newer

Significant advantages of the DL24-500 (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 2 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DL24-500 (vs the SD500)

  • Significantly larger: Large (123×90×139 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 5.5" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 780 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the DL24-500 and SD500

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X
10 years newer
$531 - $849

Significant advantages of the G3 X (vs the SD500)

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

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"

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
10 years newer
$459 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 118k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 5.4" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 899 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the P900 and SD500

  • None found

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) and is slightly lighter (200 g vs 280 g).

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 takes significantly lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 18.4 MP).

Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J4
9 years newer
$399 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
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Nikon 1 J2

Nikon 1 J2
7 years newer
$499 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J2 (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 J2 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the J2 and SD500

  • Fairly small: Compact (106×61×30 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Light weight: 280 g vs 200 g
  • Very thin: 1.2" vs 1.1"

Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M3
10 years newer
$364 (body only)
$541 22mm lens

Significant advantages of the M3 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 118k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the M3 (vs the SD500)

  • Heavier: 366 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the M3 and SD500

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×68×44 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Light weight: 366 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.1"