Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS vs Nikon Coolpix L320

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS

Really small
Size
Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L320

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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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
Size
Significantly smaller
87×54×19 mm vs 111×76×83 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
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
2.8 fps vs 1.2 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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 2 f-stops better
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
Slightly 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
              1.0 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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              IXUS 500 HS2.8 fps
              L3201.2 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              IXUS 500 HS3,200 ISO
              L3201,600 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 240 HS

              Canon IXUS 240 HS

              Compact

              $279

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $120

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon IXUS 500 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 510 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 510 HS

              Ultra compact

              $277

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

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $419

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $583

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Canon IXUS 220 HS

              Canon IXUS 220 HS

              Compact

              $166

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              GPS Has a GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Nikon Coolpix L320 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $163

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $156

              Size Slightly smaller
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $145

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Size Larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $198

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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