Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 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 92x52x19 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/2.0
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
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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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"
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Around 20% larger screen
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$145.00 vs $229.99
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The best price we've seen is $85 cheaper (around 40% less)
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
Help
The WX50's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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
Size
Smaller
92x52x19 mm vs 100x55x25 mm
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More than 30% smaller
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 HS:f/2.0
WX50:f/2.6
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS:100x55x25 mm
WX50:92x52x19 mm
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
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS:4.4x
WX50:5x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

Sony Cybershot WX9

Compact

$314

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$149

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Weight Is slightly heavier
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Travel zoom

$108 - $119

Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$150

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

$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 ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$229

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$249

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$166

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$159

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$165 - $180

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$158

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

Sony Cybershot WX60

Travel zoom

$158

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Lowest price Cheaper
Aperture Narrower aperture
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Sony DSC WX100

Sony DSC WX100

Travel zoom

$236

Zoom More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

Travel zoom

$168 - $202

Screen size Larger screen
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Super zoom

$188

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen size Larger screen
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker

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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