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

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Olympus SP-720UZ

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Olympus 720UZ

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Really small
Size
Standard size 104x69x80 mm
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
Light-weight
Weight
341 g
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus 720UZ

Size
Really small
Standard size 107x72x73 mm
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
 

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
$145.10 vs $268.00
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The best price we've seen is $123 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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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"
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $207 - $229

              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
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $246

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168 - $184

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $167

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly 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 SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $249 - $250

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $220 - $770

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

              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

              $320

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $135 - $261

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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