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

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2500 of a second
Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
400 ms vs 430 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price
Cheaper
$145.00 vs $240.99
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The best price we've seen is $96 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SD4000 IS

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Size
Smaller
100x54x23 mm vs 100x55x25 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
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/2.0
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS100x55x25 mm
SD4000 IS100x54x23 mm
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
500 HS400 ms
SD4000 IS430 ms
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
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
Thickness Very thin Help
500 HS1"
SD4000 IS0.9"
Weight Very light Help
500 HS185 g
SD4000 IS175 g
Lowest price Very inexpensive Help
500 HS$145.00
SD4000 IS$240.99
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
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
500 HS9.7 MP
SD4000 IS9.8 MP
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
500 HS461k dots
SD4000 IS230k dots
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$220

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

$149

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$150

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Size Is slightly smaller
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Travel zoom

$260

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Zoom Has way more more zoom
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Travel zoom

$130

Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Weight Is slightly lighter
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Travel zoom

Zoom Has significantly more zoom
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$449

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

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$174

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$125

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$160

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$558

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$199 - $210

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Larger
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Samsung WB150F

Samsung WB150F

Travel zoom

$160

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Much narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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