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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
155 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Size
Really small
Compact 100x55x25 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

differences

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)
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen size Larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
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Advantages of the Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Size Smaller 87x54x19 mm vs 100x55x25 mm
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Around 40% smaller
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
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 1"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 155 g vs 185 g
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Around 20% 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 Common Weaknesses
Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
For that film look
High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
240 fps
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
500 HS:3.4 fps
ELPH 520 HS:2.8 fps

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$179 - $203

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Size Is slightly larger
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$225

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$185

Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$159 - $250

Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$125 - $491

Weight Is slightly heavier
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Travel zoom

$299 - $368

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$129 - $182

Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Thickness Is thicker
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$220

Size Smaller
Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Aperture Narrower aperture
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$255 - $800

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Touch screen No touch screen
Screen size 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

Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$175

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen size Larger screen
Weight Slightly heavier
Thickness Slightly thicker
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Travel zoom

$290 - $320

Zoom More zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
Size Much larger
Supports 24p No 24p support

appearance

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discussion

Canon ELPH 500 HS
ELPH 500 HS
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Canon ELPH 520 HS
PowerShot ELPH 520 HS
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