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

Weight
Light-weight
341 g
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus 720UZ

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
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
 
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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 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 Slightly cheaper $136.28 vs $184.39
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The best price we've seen is $48 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX500 IS:3.2"
              720UZ:2.9"
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              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"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SX500 IS:$184.39
              720UZ:$136.28
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX500 IS:1,600 ISO
              720UZ:3,200 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX500 IS:30x
              720UZ:26x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $229 - $230

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $188 - $224

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $110

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $198

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Super zoom

              $201 - $249

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              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
              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
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $319 - $377

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

              Olympus SP-720UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Super zoom

              $195 - $280

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $170 - $200

              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $229

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Olympus SP-620 UZ

              Olympus 620 UZ

              Travel zoom

              $144

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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