Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon ELPH 500 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
Fewer buttons
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Size
Really small
Super compact (100×54×23 mm)
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

Items often bought with the 500 HS or SD4000 IS

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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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
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
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
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
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
f/2
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS101×55×25 mm
SD4000 IS100×54×23 mm
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
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
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
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
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
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
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 ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$165

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

$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 ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$223

Weight Is slightly lighter
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
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 PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$205 - $249

Zoom Has significantly more zoom
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F

Travel zoom

$200 - $209

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Travel zoom

$320

Size Smaller
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$337

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$160

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

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,249 - $1,498 body only

$1,900 - $2,741 with 35-100mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Ultra compact

$199

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Sony DSC WX100

Sony DSC WX100

Travel zoom

$173

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Travel zoom

$279

Zoom Much more zoom
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Size Much larger
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$250

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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