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 (87×54×19 mm)
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 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
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 500 HS.
Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 520 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 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
Much 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
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.4 fps vs 2.8 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Size
Smaller
87×54×19 mm vs 101×55×25 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
1.0 cm vs 3.0 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"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
155 g vs 185 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$109.99 vs $129.99
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The best price we've seen is $20 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
For that film look
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
1080p @ 24fps
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS101×55×25 mm
ELPH 520 HS87×54×19 mm
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
500 HS3.2"
ELPH 520 HS3"
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
500 HS$129.99
ELPH 520 HS$109.99
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
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 HS3.4 fps
ELPH 520 HS2.8 fps
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$175

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

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$169 - $175

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$175

Weight Is slightly heavier
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$584

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 ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$236

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$179 - $180

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$220

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Pro digicam

$279

Size Smaller
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS

Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS

Travel zoom

$257

Zoom More zoom
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Aperture Much narrower aperture

Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$250

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture
Zoom Less zoom
Macro focus Worse macro capability
Canon PowerShot 350

Canon PowerShot 350

Digicam

$199 - $200

Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Size Much larger
Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600

Super zoom

$260

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker

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discussion

Canon ELPH 500 HS
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