Updated (January 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Sony Cyber-shot WX50 vs Canon ELPH 500 HS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50
Canon ELPH 500 HS

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Really small
Size
Ultra compact (92×52×19 mm)
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

Items often bought with the Sony WX50 or Canon 500 HS

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 500 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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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
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.2" vs 2.7"
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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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2 vs f/2.6
Help
At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures slightly more light (0.8 f-stops)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 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
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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 4 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
92×52×19 mm vs 101×55×25 mm
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More than 30% smaller
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly 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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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 HSf/2
WX50f/2.6
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS101×55×25 mm
WX5092×52×19 mm
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
500 HS1080p @ 24fps
WX501080p @ 60fps
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Thickness Thin Help
500 HS1"
WX500.7"
Common Weaknesses
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
500 HS1/1000s
WX501/1600s
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS4.4x
WX505x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Travel zoom

$213 - $298

Zoom Has significantly more zoom
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

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 A4000 IS

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Travel zoom

$136

Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Super zoom

$130 - $168

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F

Travel zoom

$195 - $209

Zoom Has significantly more zoom
Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Pro digicam

$798

Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Thickness Is thicker

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$167

Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$162

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$289

Size Smaller
Thickness Thinner
Screen size Much smaller screen
Aperture Narrower aperture

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$200

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

Travel zoom

$328 - $394

Zoom Much more zoom
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Much larger
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

Travel zoom

$168 - $196

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Sony Cybershot WX60

Sony Cybershot WX60

Travel zoom

$148

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Ultra compact

$88 - $110

Size Smaller
Lowest price Cheaper
Movie format Lower resolution movies
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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
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