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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot WX9

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.6
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
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)
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
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
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $147.49 vs $314.00
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The best price we've seen is $167 cheaper (2.1x 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
Size Smaller 94x56x19 mm vs 100x55x25 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
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
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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
WX9:f/2.6
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS:4.4x
WX9:5x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Travel zoom

$298

Zoom Has way more more zoom
GPS Has a built-in GPS
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Ultra compact

$100 - $170

Size Is slightly smaller
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Ultra compact

$140

Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$129 - $203

Zoom More zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$220

Size Smaller
Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Aperture Narrower aperture
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$150 - $189

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$125

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Travel zoom

$279 - $368

Zoom Much more zoom
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Size Much larger

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$139 - $148

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Ultra compact

$210

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly smaller
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Screen size Smaller screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Travel zoom

$78 - $119

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Lowest price Cheaper
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX7

Sony Cybershot WX7

Compact

$364

HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Screen size Smaller screen
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

Travel zoom

$120

Zoom More zoom
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

appearance

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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!