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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.6
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

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
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size Much larger screen 3.2" vs 2.7"
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Around 20% larger screen
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/2.6
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures slightly more light (0.8 f-stops)
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $119.99 vs $158.79
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The best price we've seen is $39 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony WX50

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Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The WX50's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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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
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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
Aperture Wide aperture Help
500 HS:f/2.0
WX50:f/2.6
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS:4.4x
WX50:5x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$187

Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$175

Weight Is slightly heavier
Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
Nikon Coolpix S6500

Nikon Coolpix S6500

Travel zoom

$94 - $167

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$280 - $350

True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
Lowest price Is slightly 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 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
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$449 - $450

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Supports 24p No 24p support
Screen size Smaller screen

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$148 - $191

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Ultra compact

$130 - $170

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Sony Cybershot WX60

Sony Cybershot WX60

Travel zoom

$185

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Travel zoom

$346

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Size Larger
Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

Travel zoom

$92

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Lowest price Cheaper
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Movie format Lower resolution movies

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

Canon ELPH 500 HS
ELPH 500 HS
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