Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS vs Olympus SP-720UZ

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Weight
Light-weight
341 g
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus 720UZ

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Macro focus Much better macro capability 1 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 10x closer to the lens
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Zoom Slightly more zoom 30x vs 26x
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More than 30% more zoom
Weight Lighter 341 g vs 405 g
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Around 20% lighter
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Olympus 720UZ

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.2 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the 720UZ's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 720UZ's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Slightly thinner 2.9" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $128.99 vs $249.99
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The best price we've seen is $121 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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

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

              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX500 IS:3.2"
              720UZ:2.9"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              SX500 IS:104x69x80 mm
              720UZ:107x72x73 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              SX500 IS:341 g
              720UZ:405 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              SX500 IS:3.2"
              720UZ:2.9"
              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
              720UZ:26x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX500 IS:461k dots
              720UZ:460k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $171 - $270

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405 - $433

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $195 - $475

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $259

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              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
              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 SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $368

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

              Olympus SP-720UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $205

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Super zoom

              $339

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $131

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Olympus Stylus SP-100

              Olympus Stylus SP-100

              Super zoom

              $349

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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