Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 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/2.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

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
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm

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)
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
Help
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
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
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
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
$145.00 vs $270.00
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The best price we've seen is $125 cheaper (around 50% 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
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
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 HS3.4 fps
DMC-ZS81.9 fps

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$149

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Travel zoom

$260

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$220

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$150

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$125

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Compact

$125

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$556

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Travel zoom

$685

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
GPS Has a GPS
Zoom Less zoom
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$329

Movie format Higher resolution movies
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Weight Slightly heavier
Lowest price More expensive
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$175 - $180

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Aperture Narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Travel zoom

$108 - $115

Size Significantly smaller
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Zoom Less zoom
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon EOS 30D

Canon EOS 30D

Entry-level DSLR

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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discussion

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