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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Size
Really small
Compact 106x61x33 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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Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Lowest price Much cheaper $218.00 vs $488,500.20
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The best price we've seen is $488,282 cheaper (2240.8x less)
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
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)
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 2.4 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Focus points Slightly more focus points 9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX500 IS:0.8 fps
              SX240 HS:2.4 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX500 IS:195 shots
              SX240 HS:230 shots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SX500 IS:1
              SX240 HS:9
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              SX500 IS:f/3.4
              SX240 HS:f/3.5

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $160 - $227

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              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
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $275 - $300

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              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 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
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

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

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $175 - $279

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

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $361

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $200 - $400

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Zoom Less zoom

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