Updated (July 2011): Compare the Canon ELPH 500 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
Really small
Size
Super compact (95×56×20 mm)
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
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons

Items often bought with the Sony WX9 or Canon 500 HS

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
Help
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
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 $289.99
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The best price we've seen is $145 cheaper (around 50% 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
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
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
Size Fairly small Help
500 HS101×55×25 mm
WX995×56×20 mm
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
500 HS1080p @ 24fps
WX91080p @ 60fps
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
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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Travel zoom

$213 - $298

Zoom Has significantly more zoom
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger
Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830

Super zoom

$170

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

Travel zoom

$221

Zoom Has significantly more zoom
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F

Travel zoom

$200 - $209

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$165

Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$295

Size Smaller
Thickness Thinner
Screen size Much smaller screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Travel zoom

$320

Size Smaller
Macro focus Better macro capability
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$337

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530

Super zoom

$199 - $297

Zoom Much more zoom
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Ultra compact

$169

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Smaller
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Travel zoom

$300

GPS Has a GPS
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Size Significantly larger
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Super zoom

$394 - $480

Zoom Much more zoom
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Super zoom

$230

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
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!