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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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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 Significantly 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 Significantly cheaper $178.88 vs $445.00
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The best price we've seen is $266 cheaper (2.5x 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 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 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 Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX500 IS:1 cm
              SX30 IS:0 cm
              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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              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

              $219 - $230

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              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 SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $321 - $376

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $319 - $390

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $115

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $299

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $188 - $232

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $184

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $365

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $325

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Samsung HZ50W

              Samsung HZ50W

              Super zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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