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

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS vs Canon ELPH 500 HS

Canon ELPH 520 HS
Canon ELPH 500 HS

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
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
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/3.4
Help
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
Help
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"
Help
Around 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.4 fps vs 2.8 fps
Help
More than 20% faster continuous shooting
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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
Help
More than 7.5x more zoom
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 1"
Help
More than 20% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1000s
Help
4x faster max shutter speed
Weight
Lighter
155 g vs 185 g
Help
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 Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS:100x55x25 mm
ELPH 520 HS:87x54x19 mm
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
500 HS:$145.00
ELPH 520 HS:$149.99
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
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

$166

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

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$229

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

$159

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

$571

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$218

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
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 ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Pro digicam

$130

Size Smaller
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Supports 24p No 24p support
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Travel zoom

$279 - $383

Zoom Much more zoom
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Size Much larger
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$249

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Touch screen No touch screen

Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot 350

Canon PowerShot 350

Digicam

$209 - $210

Size Much larger
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$109 - $161

Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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discussion

Canon ELPH 500 HS
ELPH 500 HS
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Canon ELPH 520 HS
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