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

Canon ELPH 500 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

     

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

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
 

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
Help
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Size
Significantly smaller
100x55x25 mm vs 105x58x33 mm
Help
More than 30% smaller
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
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
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
$140.62 vs $249.99
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The best price we've seen is $109 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
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Learn more about
the Panasonic DMC-ZS8
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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
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
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
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS:3.4 fps
DMC-ZS8:1.9 fps

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$229

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$70 - $165

Size Is slightly smaller
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$159

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$150 - $189

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$125 - $200

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$199

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$218 - $400

HDR Has in-camera HDR
GPS Has a GPS
Touch screen No touch screen
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Pro digicam

$131

Size Slightly smaller
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Supports 24p No 24p support
Touch screen No touch screen

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$300 - $330

3D Takes 3D photos
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Weight Slightly heavier
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Travel zoom

$249

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos
Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Travel zoom

$685

GPS Has a GPS
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Zoom Less zoom
Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix SZ8

Panasonic Lumix SZ8

Travel zoom

$89

3D Takes 3D photos
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Zoom Less zoom
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Travel zoom

$325

Movie format Higher resolution movies
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Narrower aperture
Macro focus Worse macro capability

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discussion

Canon ELPH 500 HS
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