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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
24p movies
Supports 24p
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
 

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
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
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
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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
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $135 - $164

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $419

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $147 - $225

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Canon IXUS 500 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 510 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 510 HS

              Ultra compact

              $539

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 240 HS

              Canon IXUS 240 HS

              Compact

              $266

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $586

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon IXUS 1100 HS

              Canon IXUS 1100 HS

              Travel zoom

              $538

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Canon IXUS 310 HS

              Canon IXUS 310 HS

              Pro digicam

              $420

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

              Nikon Coolpix L320 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168 - $184

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $250 - $270

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $139

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Size Larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix S4600

              Fujifilm FinePix S4600

              Super zoom

              $190

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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