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
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
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 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 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
Lowest price Cheaper $119.99 vs $215.00
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The best price we've seen is $95 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS8

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Zoom Significantly 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

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 Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
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
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$449 - $450

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$109 - $117

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

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$147 - $250

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
Canon ELPH 330 HS

Canon ELPH 330 HS

Travel zoom

$160

Zoom More zoom
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$175

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Screen size Much smaller screen
Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$120

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Travel zoom

$229 - $399

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Travel zoom

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

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Travel zoom

$235 - $295

Movie format Higher resolution movies
3D Takes 3D photos
Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Travel zoom

$531 - $547

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Macro focus Worse macro capability
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Travel zoom

Size Significantly smaller
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Zoom Less zoom
Wide angle Worse wide angle

appearance

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discussion

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