Updated (August 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Olympus SP-720UZ

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Olympus 720UZ

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Really small
Size
Standard size (104×70×80 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus 720UZ

Size
Really small
Standard size (107×73×73 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

Items often bought with the Canon SX500 IS or Olympus 720UZ

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS.
Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Olympus SP-720UZ.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 10x closer to the lens
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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  1. 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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1300s
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Around 20% faster max shutter speed
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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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Slightly thinner
2.9" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$145.10 vs $190.00
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The best price we've seen is $45 cheaper (more than 20% 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

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              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              SX500 IS1/1600s
              720UZ1/1300s
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX500 IS3.2"
              720UZ2.9"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX500 IS1,600 ISO
              720UZ3,200 ISO

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              SX500 IS104×70×80 mm
              720UZ107×73×73 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              SX500 IS341 g
              720UZ405 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              SX500 IS3.2"
              720UZ2.9"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SX500 IS$190.00
              720UZ$145.10
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX500 IS461k dots
              720UZ460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX500 IS30x
              720UZ26x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX500 IS720p @ 25fps
              720UZ1080p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $235

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

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

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $168

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

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

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Focus points More focus points
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              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

              Olympus SP-720UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Lowest price More expensive
              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Super zoom

              $170

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Travel zoom

              $309

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $320

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $253 with 14-42mm lens

              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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