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

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Size
Really small
Compact 100x55x25 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 510 HS

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Size
Really small
Compact 99x59x22 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

differences

Advantages of the Canon 510 HS

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Zoom More zoom 12x vs 4.4x
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More than 7.5x more zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Size Slightly smaller 99x59x22 mm vs 100x55x25 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/2.0 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)
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Weight Lighter 185 g vs 206 g
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More than 10% lighter
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Touch screen Have touch screens Help
Less buttons
High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
240 fps
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
3.2"
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
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
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
510 HS:3.3 fps
500 HS:3.4 fps

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$119 - $376

Size Is slightly smaller
Weight Is slightly lighter
Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$179 - $203

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Weight Is slightly lighter
Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$225

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Weight Is slightly lighter
Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$255 - $800

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$159 - $250

Weight Is slightly lighter
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$185

Weight Is slightly lighter
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$330 - $449

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier

Canon ELPH 510 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830

Super zoom

$165 - $227

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Super zoom

$999

Zoom More zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$175

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Smaller
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Travel zoom

$149 - $190

Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Zoom More zoom
Size Much larger
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$399 - $400

Zoom Much more zoom
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$180 - $220

Size Smaller
Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Aperture Narrower aperture
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Ultra compact

$140

Size Smaller
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Aperture Narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Travel zoom

$195

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support

appearance

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discussion

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