Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures much more light (1.4 f-stops)
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
Size Significantly smaller 100x55x25 mm vs 105x58x33 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
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
Thickness Thinner 1" vs 1.3"
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More than 20% thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 185 g vs 210 g
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More than 10% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.4 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS8

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Zoom More zoom 16x vs 4.4x
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Around 13.5x more zoom
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
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
DMC-ZS8:1.9 fps

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Travel zoom

$200

Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
GPS Has a built-in GPS
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$179 - $204

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$229 - $250

Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Size Is slightly larger

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$198

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$225

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$210 - $249

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen size Smaller screen
Size Larger
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$160 - $175

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$407

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Travel zoom

$229 - $399

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Travel zoom

$599

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
GPS Has a GPS
Zoom Less zoom
Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Travel zoom

$210 - $220

Movie format Higher resolution movies
3D Takes 3D photos
Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$215 - $300

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Weight Slightly heavier
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

Travel zoom

$125 - $130

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Significantly smaller
Zoom Less zoom
Screen size Smaller screen

appearance

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discussion

Canon ELPH 500 HS
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