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

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Canon ELPH 500 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS

     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

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
 

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
Help
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 1"
Help
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
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
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS:100x55x25 mm
ELPH 520 HS:87x54x19 mm
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
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
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS:3.4 fps
ELPH 520 HS:2.8 fps

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$152 - $289

Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$149 - $159

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$199

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$565

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$125 - $200

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

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Travel zoom

$279 - $383

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$229

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$332 - $399

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Supports 24p No 24p support
Screen size Smaller screen

Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$170 - $180

Zoom More zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
Supports 24p No 24p support
Size Significantly larger
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Travel zoom

$125 - $198

Battery life Much longer battery life
Zoom More zoom
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
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