As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot SD500 is also often compared to ultra compacts, travel zooms, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Canon PowerShot SD500's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SD1400 IS and the PowerShot SD1100 IS) and Olympus (such as the Stylus 840 and the Stylus 750)

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"), 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 slightly narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 2.7"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift).

Olympus Stylus 840

Olympus Stylus 840
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the Stylus 840 (vs the SD500)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 840 (vs the SD500)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 1/2 of a second vs 15 seconds

common strengths of the Stylus 840 and SD500

  • Fairly small: Compact (96×57×24 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)

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)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Much thicker: 2.4" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the R725 and SD500

  • Fairly small: Compact (93×24×61 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS
2 years newer
$199

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

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Super compact (87×55×22 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

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

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

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

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

  • Much 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

  • Wide aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Tunnel

Canon PowerShot SD700 IS

Canon PowerShot SD700 IS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the SD700 IS (vs the SD500)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SD700 IS (vs the SD500)

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

common strengths of the SD700 IS and SD500

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Compact (90×57×26 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Olympus Stylus 750

Olympus Stylus 750
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the Stylus 750 (vs the SD500)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 750 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 15 seconds

common strengths of the Stylus 750 and SD500

  • Fairly small: Super compact (96×54×24 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)

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 significantly narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2" vs 2.5"), is slightly larger (compact (90×57×27 mm) vs ultra compact (86×53×21 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and is older (february 2005 vs february 2007).

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS
5 years newer
$358

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

Nikon Coolpix S200

Nikon Coolpix S200
2 years newer
$345

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

Canon PowerShot SD400

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similar age
$130

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

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/3.4), is slightly smaller (compact (90×57×27 mm) vs compact (105×61×27 mm)), has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and slightly longer exposures (15 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (3x vs 20x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 23 mm), records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3") and has a significantly lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 922k dots).

Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F
9 years newer
$449

Significant advantages of the WB350F (vs the SD500)

  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 37 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • 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
  • Thin: 1" vs 1.1"

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
10 years newer
$265

Significant advantages of the S7000 (vs the SD500)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S7000 (vs the SD500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 15 seconds

common strengths of the S7000 and SD500

  • Fairly small: Compact (99×60×27 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
10 years newer
$162

Significant advantages of the SX610 HS (vs the SD500)

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

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

  • Fairly small: Compact (105×61×27 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Thin: 1.1" 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 professional size (130×100×78 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 3") and is much lighter (200 g vs 675 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 D7200

Nikon D7200
10 years newer
$749 - $797 (body only)
$1,097 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 D5600

Nikon D5600
11 years newer
$597 (body only)
$599 - $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 EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
9 years newer
$472 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the SD500)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 118k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the SD500)

  • Much larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Compact (90×57×27 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 480 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and SD500

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 200 g

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 4.8"), is slightly lighter (200 g vs 590 g), has a 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 slightly less zoom (3x vs 35x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 25 mm), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 460k dots) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
9 years newer
$178 - $212

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and SD500

  • None found

Olympus SP-610 UZ

Olympus SP-610 UZ
6 years newer

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • 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