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

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
 
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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
Lowest price Much cheaper $137.99 vs $561.40
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The best price we've seen is $423 cheaper (4.1x less)
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
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 Common Weaknesses
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
f/2.0
High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
240 fps
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
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 Common Weaknesses
Size Very small Help
500 HS:100x55x25 mm
SD4000 IS:100x54x23 mm
Thickness Very thin Help
500 HS:1"
SD4000 IS:0.9"
Weight Very light Help
500 HS:185 g
SD4000 IS:175 g
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 HS:9.7 MP
SD4000 IS:9.8 MP
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
GPS No built-in GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
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
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$225

Weight Is slightly lighter
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$176

Weight Is slightly lighter
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$149 - $175

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 S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$325

Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$407

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$170 - $250

Weight Is slightly lighter
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$220 - $249

Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$179

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Compact

$180

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Compact

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Pro digicam

$545

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Size Larger
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$399 - $400

Zoom Much more zoom
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Size Much larger
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

Compact

Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Macro focus Slightly better macro capability
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

appearance

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discussion

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