Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Size
Really small
Compact 100x55x25 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures much more light (1.6 f-stops)
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Significantly smaller 100x55x25 mm vs 105x62x35 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen size Larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness Significantly thinner 1" vs 1.4"
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Around 30% thinner
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Macro focus Slightly better macro capability 3 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects around 30% closer to the lens
Weight Lighter 185 g vs 214 g
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More than 10% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 1s
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15x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $137.99 vs $185.00
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The best price we've seen is $47 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Zoom Significantly more zoom 18x vs 4.4x
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Around 17x more zoom
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 faster 9.5 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
240 fps
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$176

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$324

Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$220 - $249

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$225

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$160 - $175

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

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$179

Zoom More zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$421

Zoom More zoom
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Compact

$180

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

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Travel zoom

$327

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen type Has an OLED screen
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Aperture Narrower aperture
Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Travel zoom

$175

Screen type Has an OLED screen
3D Takes 3D photos
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9300

Travel zoom

$220

3D Takes 3D photos
GPS Has a GPS
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon Coolpix S8100

Nikon Coolpix S8100

Travel zoom

Size Smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Zoom Less zoom
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
Nikon Coolpix S8200

Nikon Coolpix S8200

Travel zoom

$286

Aperture Wider aperture
Size Smaller
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

appearance

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discussion

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