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
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
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

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
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
101×55×25 mm vs 106×59×33 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 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 $229.88
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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
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
500 HS3.2"
SX230 HS3"
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
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
500 HS3.0 cm
SX230 HS5.0 cm
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS3.4 fps
SX230 HS3.2 fps
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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 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 SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$210

Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$146

Size Is slightly smaller
Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$250

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$330

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
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

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 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 PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$264

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen size Smaller screen
Size Larger
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$584

Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

Size Smaller
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Travel zoom

$230

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
Supports 24p No 24p support
Aperture Narrower aperture
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 SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Travel zoom

$269

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
GPS No built-in GPS
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

$379

Size Slightly smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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