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

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Canon PowerShot S3 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S3 IS.

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
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
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
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
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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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX500 IS1 cm
              S3 IS0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX500 IS1,600 ISO
              S3 ISNone
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX500 IS3.2"
              S3 IS3"
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX500 IS0.8 fps
              S3 IS1.5 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX500 IS1,600 ISO
              S3 IS800 ISO
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX500 IS720p @ 25fps
              S3 IS480p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              SX500 IS104x69x80 mm
              S3 IS113x78x76 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              SX500 IS3.2"
              S3 IS3"
              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX500 IS30x
              S3 IS12x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX500 IS461k dots
              S3 IS115k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179 - $207

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $358

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $400

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $150

              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 - $329

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $129 - $149

              Focus points More focus points
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

              Canon PowerShot S3 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

              Compact

              $299

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Olympus VG-160

              Olympus VG-160

              Compact

              $111

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $89

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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