Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 500 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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

Items often bought with the Canon 500 HS or Nikon S9100

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)
Size
Significantly smaller
101×55×25 mm vs 105×62×35 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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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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
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
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
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Common Weaknesses
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

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon Coolpix S33

Nikon Coolpix S33

Waterproof

$127 - $161

Waterproof Is waterproof
Weight Is slightly heavier
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

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 ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$295

Size Smaller
Thickness Thinner
Screen size Much smaller screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Travel zoom

$136

Macro focus Better macro capability
Size Slightly smaller
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Movie format Lower resolution movies
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 PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$223

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slower

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Travel zoom

$249 - $297

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Size Significantly larger
Nikon Coolpix S8100

Nikon Coolpix S8100

Travel zoom

$360

Size Smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Zoom Less zoom
Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Travel zoom

$224

Screen type Has an OLED screen
3D Takes 3D photos
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Travel zoom

$119 - $197

Size Significantly smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Travel zoom

$189

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

appearance

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discussion

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