Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon ELPH 500 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
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Really small
Size
Compact (101×55×25 mm)
 

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
Size
Really small
Compact (106×59×33 mm)

Items often bought with the 500 HS or SX230 HS

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 500 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 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)
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
Help
More than 10% better wide angle
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Significantly smaller
101×55×25 mm vs 106×59×33 mm
Help
More than 30% smaller
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness
Significantly 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 $229.99
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The best price we've seen is $85 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Zoom
More zoom
14x vs 4.4x
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More than 10x more zoom
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
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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
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 Full HD (1080p) video Help
500 HS1080p @ 24fps
SX230 HS1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
500 HS
  1. Lens
SX230 HS
  1. Lens
  2. Sensor shift
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS3.4 fps
SX230 HS3.2 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 PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Travel zoom

$200

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$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 ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$295

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
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
Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Travel zoom

$262

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

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 PowerShot A4000 IS

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Travel zoom

$136

Macro focus Better macro capability
Size Slightly smaller
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$165

Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$223

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slower

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Travel zoom

$268 - $329

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Super zoom

$149 - $616

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Size Much larger
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Travel zoom

$400

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Slightly larger
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Travel zoom

$279

Zoom Much more zoom
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Supports 24p No 24p support
Size 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
Aperture Narrower aperture

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