Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 500 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)
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
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"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

Items often bought with the ELPH 530 HS or 500 HS

galleries

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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
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
0.8" 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

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Touch screen Have touch screens Help
Fewer buttons
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
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS101×55×25 mm
ELPH 530 HS86×54×20 mm
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
1080p @ 24fps
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"
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
500 HS$145.00
ELPH 530 HS$165.99
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
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
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
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

$160

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

$165

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

$335

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
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

$179

Weight Is slightly heavier
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Travel zoom

$200

Zoom Has significantly more zoom
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
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 PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$223

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

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F

Travel zoom

$200 - $209

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

Aperture Much wider aperture
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Supports 24p No 24p support
Size Significantly larger
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Travel zoom

$229

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Touch screen No touch screen

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