Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Size
Really small
Compact 100x55x25 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures much more light (1.3 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
Size Significantly smaller 100x55x25 mm vs 106x59x33 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen size Larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness Thinner 1" vs 1.3"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 185 g vs 215 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $148.59 vs $199.99
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The best price we've seen is $51 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Zoom More zoom 14x vs 4.4x
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More than 10x more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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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 Common Weaknesses
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
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
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
SX230 HS:3.2 fps

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$179 - $204

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$235

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$170 - $189

Size Is slightly smaller
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$199 - $259

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$169 - $250

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$324

Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Travel zoom

$300

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$278 - $400

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Touch screen No touch screen
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$168

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$129 - $206

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Compact

$110 - $180

Size Smaller
Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Travel zoom

$299 - $350

Zoom Much more zoom
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Supports 24p No 24p support
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Travel zoom

$200 - $300

Zoom More zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Slightly larger
Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Travel zoom

$290

Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
GPS No built-in GPS
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Travel zoom

$320

Zoom More zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
Supports 24p No 24p support
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Travel zoom

$316 - $361

Zoom More zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
Supports 24p No 24p support
Aperture Narrower aperture

appearance

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discussion

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