As well as being compared against other compacts, the HP Photosmart M517 is also often compared to ultra compacts. The HP Photosmart M517's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot S200) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S3100)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the HP M517 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (130k dots vs 461k dots) and is slightly larger (compact (109×52×37 mm) vs compact (100×59×26 mm)).

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
8 years newer
$232

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the M517)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the M517)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S200 and M517

  • Wide aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Light weight: 181 g vs 172 g

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the HP M517 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.2) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 26 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2" vs 2.7"), is significantly larger (compact (109×52×37 mm) vs ultra compact (94×58×18 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (5 MP vs 9.7 MP).

Nikon Coolpix S3100

Nikon Coolpix S3100
5 years newer
$100

Significant advantages of the S3100 (vs the M517)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S3100 (vs the M517)

  • None found

common strengths of the S3100 and M517

  • None found