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

Canon ELPH 500 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS

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Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

     

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
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/2.0
 

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
Slightly cheaper
$137.49 vs $200.00
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The best price we've seen is $63 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
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
Common Weaknesses
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
500 HS:400 ms
SD4000 IS:430 ms
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
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
Size Very small Help
500 HS:100x55x25 mm
SD4000 IS:100x54x23 mm
Weight Very light Help
500 HS:185 g
SD4000 IS:175 g
Thickness Very thin Help
500 HS:1"
SD4000 IS:0.9"
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
500 HS:$137.49
SD4000 IS:$200.00
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
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
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
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
500 HS:461k dots
SD4000 IS:230k dots
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$150 - $189

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 ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$149

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$245 - $400

Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger
Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 310 HS

Travel zoom

$244

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$230

Weight Is slightly lighter
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$99 - $191

Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Weight Is slightly lighter
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$586

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 ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$179 - $289

Zoom More zoom
Size Smaller
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$159 - $250

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
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 SD4000 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$449

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Weight Much heavier
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$459

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Supports 24p Supports 24p
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
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Canon PowerShot S330

Compact

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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