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
Less buttons
 
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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
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)
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 2.7"
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Around 20% larger screen
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
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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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 $147.49 vs $198.97
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The best price we've seen is $51 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
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The WX50's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS:4.4x
WX50:5x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Ultra compact

$100 - $170

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Size Is slightly smaller
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$180 - $220

Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$179 - $203

Zoom More zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$119 - $376

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Ultra compact

$140

Size Smaller
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Aperture Narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Travel zoom

$195

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$255 - $800

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Touch screen No touch screen
Screen size Smaller screen

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$134 - $158

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Lowest price Slightly cheaper
Aperture Narrower aperture
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Sony Cybershot WX60

Sony Cybershot WX60

Travel zoom

$140

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Lowest price Slightly cheaper
Aperture Narrower aperture
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F

Travel zoom

$140 - $259

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Touch screen Has a touch screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Size Significantly larger
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

Travel zoom

$168

Screen size Larger screen
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Travel zoom

$406

Screen size Larger screen
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size 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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Cyber-shot WX50
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