Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Canon ELPH 500 HS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Really small
Size
Compact (101×55×25 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Size
Really small
Compact (105×58×33 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens

Items often bought with the Canon 500 HS or Panasonic DMC-ZS8

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 500 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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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
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 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)
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
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
Size
Significantly smaller
101×55×25 mm vs 105×58×33 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
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
Thickness
Significantly 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 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.4 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
185 g vs 210 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$159.99 vs $285.00
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The best price we've seen is $125 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Canon 500 HS.

similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Wide angle Good wide angle Help
24 mm
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
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
500 HS3,200 ISO
DMC-ZS81,600 ISO
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS3.4 fps
DMC-ZS81.9 fps
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

No significant shared competitors found.

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F

Travel zoom

$195 - $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 S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Supports 24p No 24p support
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$167

Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Super zoom

$168

Zoom Much more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$289

Size Smaller
Thickness Thinner
Screen size Much smaller screen
Aperture Narrower aperture

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$400

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Lowest price More expensive
Weight Slightly heavier
Fujifilm XP80

Fujifilm XP80

Waterproof

$130 - $199

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Placeholder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

Travel zoom

$481

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Travel zoom

Movie format Higher resolution movies
3D Takes 3D photos
Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1

Entry-level DSLR

$399 - $509 body only

$499 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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discussion

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