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
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
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
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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
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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
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 slightly 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 $273.00
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The best price we've seen is $128 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

Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

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 HS:3.4 fps
DMC-ZS8:1.9 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
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Travel zoom

$685

GPS Has a built-in GPS
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$165 - $180

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Travel zoom

$421

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Travel zoom

$108 - $119

Size Is slightly smaller
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
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

$229

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$249

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$166

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$150

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$159

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$330

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
3D Takes 3D photos
Weight Slightly heavier
Lowest price More expensive
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Travel zoom

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Zoom Less zoom
Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Travel zoom

$300

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
3D Takes 3D photos
Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$109 - $161

Size Significantly smaller
Aperture Wider aperture
Zoom Less zoom
Screen size Smaller screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Pro digicam

$798

Aperture Much wider aperture
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Zoom Less zoom
Size Larger

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discussion

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