Updated (August 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Great macro
Macro focus
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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Size
Really small
Standard size (104×70×80 mm)

Items often bought with the SX510 HS or SX500 IS

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Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$166.00 vs $214.99
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Advantages of the Canon SX510 HS

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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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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 @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.8 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
250 shots vs 195 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus
Better macro capability
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX510 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX500 IS1.0 cm
              SX510 HS0.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX500 IS3.2"
              SX510 HS3.1"
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX500 IS0.8 fps
              SX510 HS3.8 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX500 IS1,600 ISO
              SX510 HS3,200 ISO
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX500 IS195 shots
              SX510 HS250 shots
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.4

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              Standard size (104×70×80 mm)
              Weight Light weight Help
              SX500 IS341 g
              SX510 HS349 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              SX500 IS3.2"
              SX510 HS3.1"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SX500 IS$166.00
              SX510 HS$214.99
              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              SX500 IS1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              SX510 HS1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              461k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              30x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX500 IS720p @ 25fps
              SX510 HS1080p @ 24fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $350

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS.

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS.

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              Dani (10:31 AM, March 26, 2014)
              Canon SX500IS and SX510HS both use Li-ion rechargeable batteries (class NB-6L or NB-6LH respectively)... I think this is a very important advantage, considering many of the competitors, at the same price range, including Nikon (i.e. Coolpix L820), use 4x AA dtilo battery!!!
               
              Avatar for Sue Sue (5:35 AM, December 01, 2013)
              Ditto!?
               
              Vibs (9:55 AM, November 28, 2013)
              With so many pros for SX 510 You still declare SX 500 as the winner. Kindly clarify.