Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS vs Nikon Coolpix L320

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Really small
Size
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L320

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon IXUS 500 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon IXUS 500 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Size
Significantly smaller
87x54x19 mm vs 111x76x83 mm
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7.9x smaller
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.7" vs 3.3"
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4.4x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
155 g vs 430 g
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2.8x lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The IXUS 500 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
2.8 fps vs 1.2 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$179.99 vs $249.00
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The best price we've seen is $69 cheaper (around 30% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L320

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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
22 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the L320's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
310 shots vs 190 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Zoom
More zoom
26.6x vs 12x
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Around 5x more zoom
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              IXUS 500 HS2.8 fps
              L3201.2 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              IXUS 500 HS3,200 ISO
              L3201,600 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159 - $207

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon IXUS 500 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 510 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 510 HS

              Ultra compact

              $273

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $176

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

              Casio Exilim ZR-200

              Travel zoom

              $267

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $578

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 240 HS

              Canon IXUS 240 HS

              Compact

              $276

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

              Nikon Coolpix L320 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $129 - $276

              Size Slightly smaller
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $110

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $146

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $150

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $120 - $180

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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