Updated (August 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

35

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

30

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS over the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS.
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Size
Really small
Mid size (111×73×44 mm)
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
Thickness
Thin
1.7"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX160 IS

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
380 shots vs 195 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
111×73×44 mm vs 104×70×80 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 3.2"
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Around 50% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Weight
Slightly lighter
291 g vs 341 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
30x vs 16x
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More than 3.5x more zoom
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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Almost the same
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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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              1,600 ISO
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              0.8 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 25fps
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              SX160 ISf/3.5
              SX500 ISf/3.4

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $275

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $120

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $440

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $130

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $170

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Zoom More zoom
              Focus points More focus points
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $297

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

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