Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS vs Canon ELPH 500 HS

Canon ELPH 530 HS
Canon ELPH 500 HS

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Really small
Size
Ultra compact (86×54×20 mm)
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

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.

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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.4 fps vs 2.6 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Canon ELPH 530 HS

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Size
Smaller
86×54×20 mm vs 101×55×25 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom
More zoom
12x vs 4.4x
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More than 7.5x more zoom
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
163 g vs 185 g
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More than 10% 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
Touch screen Have touch screens Help
Less buttons
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Screen size Very large screens Help
3.2"
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 530 HS86×54×20 mm
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Thickness Thin Help
500 HS1"
ELPH 530 HS0.8"
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
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS3.4 fps
ELPH 530 HS2.6 fps
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$146

Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$167

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$583

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 S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$314 - $349

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$250

Weight Is slightly lighter
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$295

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$140

Weight Is slightly heavier
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p

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 ELPH 530 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

Travel zoom

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
GPS Has a GPS
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Touch screen No touch screen
Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Travel zoom

$177 - $197

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot N

Canon PowerShot N

Travel zoom

$155 - $299

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Wider aperture
Screen size Much smaller screen
Size Larger
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$329 - $349

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

appearance

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Canon ELPH 500 HS
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