Updated (January 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 510 HS vs Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 510 HS

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons

galleries

Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 510 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 500 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 510 HS

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Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom
More zoom
12x vs 4.4x
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More than 7.5x more zoom
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Size
Slightly smaller
99×59×22 mm vs 101×55×25 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Weight
Lighter
185 g vs 206 g
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More than 10% lighter
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the 500 HS.

similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Touch screen Have touch screens Help
Less buttons
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Screen size Very large screens Help
3.2"
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
510 HS1080p @ 30fps
500 HS1080p @ 24fps
Size Fairly small Help
510 HS99×59×22 mm
500 HS101×55×25 mm
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Thickness Thin Help
510 HS0.9"
500 HS1"
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
510 HS$159.00
500 HS$145.00
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
510 HS3.3 fps
500 HS3.4 fps
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$167

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Weight Is slightly lighter
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$146

Size Is slightly smaller
Weight Is slightly lighter
Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

Size Is slightly smaller
Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$264

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$250

Weight Is slightly lighter
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$314 - $349

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$223

Weight Is slightly lighter
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

Canon ELPH 510 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon ELPH 510 HS.

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Pro digicam

$279

Size Smaller
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$584

Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$295

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Screen size Much smaller screen
Touch screen No touch screen

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discussion

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