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
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
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
 
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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
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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
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$149.99
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-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$134 - $148

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

$179 - $204

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Weight Is slightly heavier
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$200

Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$199 - $252

Zoom Has significantly more zoom
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$178 - $189

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Weight Is slightly heavier
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$278 - $400

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX170

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX170

Travel zoom

$156

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$160

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$235

Size Smaller
Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Aperture Narrower aperture
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Pro digicam

$161 - $399

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Supports 24p No 24p support
Size Significantly larger
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$129 - $206

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot WX60

Sony Cybershot WX60

Travel zoom

$215

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Travel zoom

$183

Screen size Larger screen
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Larger
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Travel zoom

$118 - $128

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Lowest price Slightly cheaper
Aperture Narrower aperture
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Travel zoom

$278

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Screen size Larger screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony DSC WX100

Sony DSC WX100

Travel zoom

$229

Zoom More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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discussion

Canon ELPH 500 HS
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