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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Size
Really small
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L320

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
22 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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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
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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 slightly faster 2.8 fps vs 1.2 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Slightly 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)
Zoom More zoom 26.6x vs 12x
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Around 5x more zoom
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 310 shots vs 190 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $159.14 vs $229.15
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              IXUS 500 HS:2.8 fps
              L320:1.2 fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon IXUS 500 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 510 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 510 HS

              Ultra compact

              $222 - $297

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $128

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $210 - $231

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 125 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 125 HS

              Compact

              $411

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $412

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Thickness Slightly thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L320 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160 - $279

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188 - $198

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $227

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $129 - $135

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Size Larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $222

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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