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

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

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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 111x72x44 mm
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
Thickness
Thin
1.7"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
 

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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
111x72x44 mm vs 104x69x80 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
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$129.00 vs $269.95
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The best price we've seen is $141 cheaper (2.1x less)
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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At its widest zoom, the SX500 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
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recommendations

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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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              1,600 ISO
              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 IS:f/3.5
              SX500 IS:f/3.4

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $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 SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $164

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $249

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $200

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Travel zoom

              $70 - $165

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $191

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $178

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149 - $279

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $200

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

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