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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Size
Really small
Standard size (104×70×80 mm)
Weight
Light-weight
341 g
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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galleries

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 SX30 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Size
Significantly smaller
104×70×80 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
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2.1x smaller
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" 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
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
Significantly 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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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 IS1.0 cm
              SX30 IS0.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX500 IS1,600 ISO
              SX30 ISNone
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX500 IS3.2"
              SX30 IS4.3"
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX500 IS0.8 fps
              SX30 IS1.1 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SX500 IS720p @ 25fps
              SX30 IS720p @ 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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX500 IS461k dots
              SX30 IS230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX500 IS30x
              SX30 IS35x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              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 SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $467

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $382 - $480

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 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

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Zoom More zoom
              Focus points More focus points
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $297

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Zoom Less zoom

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