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

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Size
Really small
Compact 106x61x33 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 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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At its widest zoom, the SX500 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
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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
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
Size
Smaller
106x61x33 mm vs 104x69x80 mm
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2.7x smaller
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 SX240 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life
Longer battery life
230 shots vs 195 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
224 g vs 341 g
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More than 30% lighter
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
2.4 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$249.00 vs $269.95
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The best price we've seen is $21 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX500 IS:195 shots
              SX240 HS:230 shots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX500 IS:0.8 fps
              SX240 HS:2.4 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SX500 IS:1
              SX240 HS:9
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX500 IS:1,600 ISO
              SX240 HS:3,200 ISO
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              SX500 IS:f/3.4
              SX240 HS:f/3.5

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $239

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $237 - $360

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $150

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $420

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

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149 - $270

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

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              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 - $239

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $249

              Focus points Slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $305

              GPS Has a GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $324

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              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

              $159

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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