Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

vs

Canon ELPH 500 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS

     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 92x52x19 mm
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

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

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/2.6
Help
At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures slightly more light (0.8 f-stops)
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 2.7"
Help
Around 20% larger screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$140.62 vs $199.99
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The best price we've seen is $59 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony WX50

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
Help
The WX50's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size
Smaller
92x52x19 mm vs 100x55x25 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Significantly lighter
117 g vs 185 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 1"
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More than 20% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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the Sony WX50
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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
Aperture Wide aperture Help
500 HS:f/2.0
WX50:f/2.6
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS:100x55x25 mm
WX50:92x52x19 mm
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Common Weaknesses
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
500 HS:1/1000s
WX50:1/1600s
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS:4.4x
WX50:5x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$70 - $165

Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$159

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Weight Is slightly heavier
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$229

Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$170 - $240

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$199

Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$326 - $399

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$218 - $400

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier

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 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
Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$152 - $289

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot WX60

Sony Cybershot WX60

Travel zoom

$139

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Lowest price Cheaper
Aperture Narrower aperture
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Ultra compact

$149 - $218

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Travel zoom

$351

Screen size Larger screen
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Larger
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$179 - $258

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Screen size Larger screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F

Travel zoom

$130 - $260

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Touch screen Has a touch screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Size Significantly larger

appearance

Canon ELPH 500 HS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50
Canon ELPH 500 HS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50
Canon ELPH 500 HS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

discussion

Canon ELPH 500 HS
ELPH 500 HS
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50
Cyber-shot WX50
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