Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS vs Canon Powershot SX40

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
0 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Size
Significantly smaller
104x69x80 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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2.1x smaller
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Weight
Significantly lighter
341 g vs 601 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.2" vs 4.3"
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Around 30% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$268.00 vs $507.95
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The best price we've seen is $240 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 SX30 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the SX30 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
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
35x vs 30x
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Around 40% more zoom
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
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recommendations

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
              SX30 IS:0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX500 IS:1,600 ISO
              SX30 IS:None
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX500 IS:3.2"
              SX30 IS:4.3"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX500 IS:0.8 fps
              SX30 IS:1.1 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SX500 IS:720p @ 25fps
              SX30 IS:720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX500 IS:461k dots
              SX30 IS:230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX500 IS:30x
              SX30 IS:35x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $249

              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

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              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 Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $246

              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 SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $371

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $249

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168 - $184

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $250 - $279

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

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Zoom Less zoom
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Does not take movies

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