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

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2

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 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"
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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
$129.99 vs $279.00
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The best price we've seen is $149 cheaper (2.1x 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
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
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
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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
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS3.4 fps
SD4000 IS3.7 fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
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 Inexpensive Help
500 HS$129.99
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
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
500 HS9.7 MP
SD4000 IS9.8 MP
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
500 HS461k dots
SD4000 IS230k dots
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
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 SD4500 IS

Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS

Travel zoom

$260

Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$179

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$250

Thickness Is thinner
Weight Is slightly lighter
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$175

Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Weight Is slightly heavier
Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 310 HS

Travel zoom

$295

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$250

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 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Compact

$139

Weight Is slightly lighter
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$110

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Compact

$339

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Casio Exilim EX-S10

Casio Exilim EX-S10

Ultra compact

Size Smaller
Weight Significantly lighter
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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