Updated (August 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Size
Really small
Compact (106×59×33 mm)
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

Items often bought with the SX500 IS or SX230 HS

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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
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Zoom
More zoom
30x vs 14x
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More than 4.5x more zoom
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$190.00 vs $229.99
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The best price we've seen is $40 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX230 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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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)
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
Size
Smaller
106×59×33 mm vs 104×70×80 mm
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2.8x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.2"
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2.4x thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 0.8 fps
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More than 4x faster continuous shooting
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 2 f-stops better
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX500 IS1,600 ISO
              SX230 HSNone
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX500 IS195 shots
              SX230 HS210 shots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX500 IS0.8 fps
              SX230 HS3.2 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX500 IS1,600 ISO
              SX230 HS3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $145 - $149

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $303 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $235

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $168

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $380

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $329

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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