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

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
Macro focus
Great macro
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Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $249.99 vs $489.00
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The best price we've seen is $239 cheaper (around 50% less)
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 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
              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 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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX500 IS:461k dots
              S3 IS:115k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $195 - $475

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $343 - $598

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

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

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $171 - $270

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $190

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot S3 IS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $600 body only

              $579 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $339 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Olympus SP-510 UZ

              Olympus SP-510 UZ

              Super zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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