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
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
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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)
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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

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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
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
500 HS:$119.99
ELPH 520 HS:$109.00
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
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
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$120

Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 330 HS

Canon ELPH 330 HS

Travel zoom

$197

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$130 - $250

Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$189

Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$148 - $191

Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$165

Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$235 - $359

True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Compact

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Size Smaller
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support

Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Travel zoom

$199 - $200

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
Size Much larger
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

Travel zoom

$109

Aperture Wider aperture
Weight Lighter
Supports 24p No 24p support
Movie format Lower resolution movies

appearance

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discussion

Canon ELPH 500 HS
ELPH 500 HS
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Canon ELPH 520 HS
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