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
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
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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 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
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Lowest price
Cheaper
$145.00 vs $249.00
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The best price we've seen is $104 cheaper (more than 40% 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
95×56×20 mm vs 101×55×25 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
WX9f/2.6
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
500 HS1080p @ 24fps
WX91080p @ 60fps
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS101×55×25 mm
WX995×56×20 mm
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
500 HS3.2"
WX93"
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Thickness Thin Help
500 HS1"
WX90.8"
Common Weaknesses
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
500 HS1/1000s
WX91/1600s
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
500 HS3.0 cm
WX95.0 cm
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS4.4x
WX95x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$225 with 10-30mm lens

High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Travel zoom

$400

Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS

Pro digicam

$279

Size Smaller
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$264

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen size Smaller screen
Size Larger
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$146

Size Smaller
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$314 - $349

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Supports 24p No 24p support
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$584

Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Ultra compact

$178

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly smaller
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$153

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

Compact

$169

Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Fujifilm FinePix S4800

Fujifilm FinePix S4800

Super zoom

$145

Zoom Much more zoom
Macro focus Much better macro capability
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Travel zoom

$213 - $268

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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

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