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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
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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Wide angle Much better wide angle 24 mm vs 36 mm
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More than 30% better wide angle
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.0"
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More than 50% larger screen
Zoom More zoom 30x vs 12x
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Around 6.5x more zoom
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 115k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 5.9 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
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 Slightly 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
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

        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

        $199 - $230

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        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

        $145 - $184

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Has a significantly narrower wide angle lens
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $300 - $390 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $656 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        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 - $237

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Larger
        Zoom Slightly less zoom

        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 Higher true resolution
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot S2 IS

        Canon PowerShot S2 IS

        Super zoom

        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Fujifilm FinePix S4000

        Fujifilm FinePix S4000

        Super zoom

        $152

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Larger

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