Updated (August 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX240 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 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

Items often bought with the SX500 IS or SX240 HS

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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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 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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Almost the same
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$166.00 vs $269.00
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The best price we've seen is $103 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX240 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
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
Size
Smaller
106×61×33 mm vs 104×70×80 mm
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2.7x smaller
Focus points
More focus points
9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.2"
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2.4x thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
2.4 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
230 shots vs 195 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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
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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX500 IS0.8 fps
              SX240 HS2.4 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX500 IS195 shots
              SX240 HS230 shots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SX500 IS1
              SX240 HS9
              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 SX410 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              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 SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205 - $249

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $185

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Focus points More focus points
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $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
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              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
              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

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $380

              GPS Has a GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Longer battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              GPS Has a GPS
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $209

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $353

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

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