Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Size
Really small
Compact (106×61×33 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

galleries

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

Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Macro focus
Significantly 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 20x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$169.00 vs $237.27
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The best price we've seen is $68 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX240 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 @ 24fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size
Smaller
106×61×33 mm vs 104×70×80 mm
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2.7x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.2"
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2.4x thinner
Battery life
Longer battery life
230 shots vs 195 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
2.4 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX240 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Focus points
More focus points
9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
224 g vs 341 g
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More than 30% lighter
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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recommendations

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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX500 IS0.8 fps
              SX240 HS2.4 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX500 IS195 shots
              SX240 HS230 shots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX500 IS1,600 ISO
              SX240 HS3,200 ISO
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              SX500 ISf/3.4
              SX240 HSf/3.5

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $281

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $366

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

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $110 - $168

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS Has a GPS
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $169 - $179

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $198 - $228

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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