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

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Really small
Size
Standard size 104x69x80 mm
Light-weight
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
Macro focus
Great macro
0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 

differences

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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 115k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Zoom
More zoom
30x vs 12x
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Around 6.5x more zoom
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
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
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 (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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$269.95 vs $293.99
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The best price we've seen is $24 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Canon S3 IS

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Aperture
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX500 IS:1 cm
              S3 IS:0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX500 IS:1,600 ISO
              S3 IS:None
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX500 IS:3.2"
              S3 IS:3"
              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
              Size Fairly small Help
              SX500 IS:104x69x80 mm
              S3 IS:113x78x76 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              SX500 IS:3.2"
              S3 IS:3"
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX500 IS:30x
              S3 IS:12x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX500 IS:461k dots
              S3 IS:115k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $443 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $453

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $239

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149 - $279

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $200

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

              Canon PowerShot S3 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              $288

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              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
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $432 - $449

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Startup delay More startup delay

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