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

Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

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
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Significantly smaller
100x55x25 mm vs 106x59x33 mm
Help
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"
Help
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
Cheaper
$145.00 vs $209.99
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The best price we've seen is $65 cheaper (more than 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
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1000s
Help
3.2x faster max shutter speed
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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
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
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 SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Travel zoom

$279 - $383

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$165 - $180

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$229

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$150

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 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
Size Is slightly larger
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$199

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$149

Zoom More zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
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 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$166

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$159

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Travel zoom

$368

Zoom More zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Slightly larger
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Travel zoom

3D Takes 3D photos
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Supports 24p No 24p support
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Travel zoom

$299

Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
GPS No built-in GPS
Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Travel zoom

$345

Size Slightly smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner
Supports 24p No 24p support
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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