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
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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
Slightly less shutter lag
400 ms vs 430 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Canon SD4000 IS

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Size
Slightly 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
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/2.0
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS:100x55x25 mm
SD4000 IS:100x54x23 mm
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
500 HS:$145.00
SD4000 IS:$129.99
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
500 HS:400 ms
SD4000 IS:430 ms
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS:3.4 fps
SD4000 IS:3.7 fps
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS:4.4x
SD4000 IS:3.8x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Thickness Very thin Help
500 HS:1"
SD4000 IS:0.9"
Weight Very light Help
500 HS:185 g
SD4000 IS:175 g
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 HS:9.7 MP
SD4000 IS:9.8 MP
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
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 HS:461k dots
SD4000 IS:230k dots
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

$190

Weight Is slightly lighter
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
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
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Travel zoom

$279 - $383

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$289

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 SD3500 IS

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Compact

$280

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 310 HS

Travel zoom

$258

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 ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$218

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
Touch screen No touch screen
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Travel zoom

$125

Size Smaller
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Pro digicam

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Size Larger
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$399

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker

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