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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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Zoom More zoom 30x vs 20x
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Around 2.5x 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
Wide angle 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
Size Smaller 106x61x33 mm vs 104x69x80 mm
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2.7x smaller
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
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
Weight Lighter 224 g vs 341 g
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More than 30% lighter
Battery life Longer battery life 230 shots vs 195 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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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recommendations

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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        SX500 IS:0.8 fps
        SX240 HS:2.4 fps
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        SX500 IS:1
        SX240 HS:9
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        SX500 IS:195 shots
        SX240 HS:230 shots
        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

        $194 - $230

        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 SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $225 - $300

        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

        Travel zoom

        $213

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Travel zoom

        $145 - $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 SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $329 - $354

        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 S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $210 - $249

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $160 - $279

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

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $246 - $255

        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

        $188 - $238

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Larger
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

        Super zoom

        $198

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Much larger
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

        Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $279

        GPS Has a GPS
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $229 - $252

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200

        Aperture Wider aperture
        GPS Has a GPS
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Zoom Slightly less zoom

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