Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

Sony Cybershot WX9 vs Canon ELPH 500 HS

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9
Canon ELPH 500 HS

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot WX9

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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 Cybershot DSC-WX9.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
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)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Lowest price
Cheaper
$145.00 vs $295.00
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (2x less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 2s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony WX9

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
94x56x19 mm vs 100x55x25 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
139 g vs 185 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" 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
WX9f/2.6
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
500 HS1080p @ 24fps
WX91080p @ 60fps
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS100x55x25 mm
WX994x56x19 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
WX91/1600s
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS4.4x
WX95x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$220

Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen

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 Cybershot DSC-WX9 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Ultra compact

$194

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Smaller
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Screen size Smaller screen
Olympus VH-510

Olympus VH-510

Travel zoom

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX10

Sony Cybershot WX10

Compact

$289

Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Screen size Smaller screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Ultra compact

$148

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530

Super zoom

$200 - $327

Zoom Much more zoom
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker

appearance

Canon ELPH 500 HS Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9
Canon ELPH 500 HS Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9
Canon ELPH 500 HS Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

discussion

Canon ELPH 500 HS
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Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:24 PM, December 09, 2011)
Hi Snow, which part did we mix up?  Did you see on the Canon ELPH 500 HS page it says its also known as the Canon IXUS 310 HS?  Maybe we got something wrong here, it is damn confusing the way Canon gives their cameras different names in different places :)
 
Snowjoe (4:06 PM, December 09, 2011)
This site is rubish. They mixed up camera models and data (Ixus and Elph). Don't trust thi site!