Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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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 SX230 HS.
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Size
Really small
Compact 106x59x33 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

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 14x
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More than 4.5x more zoom
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 1,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Canon SX230 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 @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
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
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the SX230 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size Smaller 106x59x33 mm vs 104x69x80 mm
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2.8x smaller
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.3" vs 3.2"
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2.4x thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX230 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.2 fps vs 0.8 fps
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More than 4x faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 215 g vs 341 g
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Around 40% lighter
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 210 shots vs 195 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.99 vs $223.00
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The best price we've seen is $23 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX500 IS:1,600 ISO
              SX230 HS:None
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX500 IS:195 shots
              SX230 HS:210 shots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX500 IS:0.8 fps
              SX230 HS:3.2 fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $259

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $190

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $168 - $279

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $315 - $405

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $178

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $239

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $290

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $316 - $361

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $422 - $446

              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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