Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS vs Canon PowerShot S3 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Size
Really small
Standard size 104x69x80 mm
Weight
Light-weight
341 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 
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Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.0"
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More than 50% larger screen
Wide angle Much better wide angle 24 mm vs 36 mm
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More than 30% better wide angle
Zoom More zoom 30x vs 12x
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Around 6.5x more zoom
True resolution Much higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 5.9 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 115k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 720p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video but at a lower frame rate
Weight Lighter 341 g vs 510 g
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More than 30% lighter
Size Slightly smaller 104x69x80 mm vs 113x78x76 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/2.5" 5.8x4.3mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 1,600 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The SX500 IS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 1,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Canon S3 IS

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the S3 IS's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 1.5 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Slightly thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        SX500 IS:1 cm
        S3 IS:0 cm
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        SX500 IS:1,600 ISO
        S3 IS:None
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        SX500 IS:3.2"
        S3 IS:3"
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        SX500 IS:0.8 fps
        S3 IS:1.5 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        SX500 IS:1,600 ISO
        S3 IS:800 ISO
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        SX500 IS:720p @ 25fps
        S3 IS:480p @ 30fps
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        SX500 IS:104x69x80 mm
        S3 IS:113x78x76 mm
        Thickness Thin Help
        SX500 IS:3.2"
        S3 IS:3"
        External flash No external flash support Help
        Less expandable
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        SX500 IS:30x
        S3 IS:12x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $219 - $230

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $180 - $279

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Travel zoom

        $130 - $184

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $115

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $319 - $390

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Super zoom

        $188 - $231

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Size Larger
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $323 - $376

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

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

        Super zoom

        $188

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Much larger
        Weight Significantly heavier

        Canon PowerShot S3 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S5 IS

        Canon PowerShot S5 IS

        Super zoom

        $589

        Screen size Much larger screen
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $999 body only

        $400 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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