Updated (January 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Canon ELPH 500 HS
Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2500 of a second
Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 500 HS.
Explore our gallery of 37 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Lowest price
Cheaper
$145.00 vs $279.00
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The best price we've seen is $134 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SD4000 IS

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Size
Smaller
100×54×23 mm vs 101×55×25 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/2500s vs 1/1000s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.9" vs 1"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
175 g vs 185 g
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Around 10% lighter
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about either the 500 HS or the SD4000 IS.

similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
f/2
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS101×55×25 mm
SD4000 IS100×54×23 mm
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
500 HS3.2"
SD4000 IS3"
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
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Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Thickness Thin Help
500 HS1"
SD4000 IS0.9"
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
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
3.0 cm
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS3.4 fps
SD4000 IS3.7 fps
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS4.4x
SD4000 IS3.8x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Weight Very light Help
500 HS185 g
SD4000 IS175 g
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
500 HS$145.00
SD4000 IS$279.00
Common Weaknesses
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
15 seconds
External flash No external flash support Help
Less expandable
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
500 HS9.7 MP
SD4000 IS9.8 MP
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
500 HS461k dots
SD4000 IS230k dots
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
500 HS1/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
SD4000 IS1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$314 - $349

Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$264

Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
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

Thickness Is thinner
Weight Is slightly lighter
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$167

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Compact

$320

Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$150

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
Fujifilm XF1

Fujifilm XF1

Pro digicam

$180

Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

Ultra compact

$268

Size Smaller
Weight Significantly lighter
Screen size Much smaller screen
Wide angle Much worse wide angle

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

Ultra compact

$169

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448 - $498

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Size Significantly larger

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