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

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Really small
Size
Ultra compact 92x52x19 mm
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
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
Cheaper
$145.00 vs $194.00
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The best price we've seen is $49 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
Size
Smaller
92x52x19 mm vs 100x55x25 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
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/2.0
WX50f/2.6
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
500 HS1080p @ 24fps
WX501080p @ 60fps
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS100x55x25 mm
WX5092x52x19 mm
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
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

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 significantly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$159 - $165

Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Weight Is slightly heavier
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$120

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Compact

$129

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$250

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$237

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Touch screen No touch screen
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$175

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$169

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

Sony Cybershot WX60

Travel zoom

$152

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Lowest price Cheaper
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Travel zoom

$108 - $118

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Lowest price Cheaper
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$370 - $448

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Sensor size Much larger sensor
Size Much larger
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Travel zoom

$140

Screen size Larger screen
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

appearance

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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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