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

Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S9100

Canon ELPH 500 HS
Nikon Coolpix S9100

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Really small
Size
Compact (101×55×25 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

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

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 Nikon Coolpix S9100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 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)
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Significantly smaller
101×55×25 mm vs 105×62×35 mm
Help
Around 40% smaller
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1" vs 1.4"
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Around 30% thinner
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 4.0 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$145.00 vs $261.51
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The best price we've seen is $117 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 1s
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15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Zoom
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
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9.5 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1000s
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2x 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
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
240 fps
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
500 HS1080p @ 24fps
S91001080p @ 30fps
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
500 HS3.2"
S91003"
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Common Weaknesses
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
S91004.0 cm
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$295

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$314 - $349

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Travel zoom

$230

GPS Has a built-in GPS
Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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

$150

Size Smaller
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

Ultra compact

$268

Size Smaller
Weight Significantly lighter
Screen size Much smaller screen
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

Size Smaller
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$195

Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Travel zoom

$297 - $327

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Size Significantly larger
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900

Ultra compact

$250

Screen size Much larger screen
Size Much smaller
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Nikon Coolpix S8100

Nikon Coolpix S8100

Travel zoom

$360

Macro focus Much better macro capability
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Zoom Less zoom
Olympus Stylus 9000

Olympus Stylus 9000

Travel zoom

Macro focus Much better macro capability
Size Smaller
Movie format Lower resolution movies
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9300

Travel zoom

$263

3D Takes 3D photos
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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discussion

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