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Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

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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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Battery life
Much longer battery life
390 shots vs 195 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 12.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The Cyber-shot DSC-HX80's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
102×58×36 mm vs 104×70×80 mm
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2.7x smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.4" vs 3.2"
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2.2x thinner
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$364.99 vs $961.61
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The best price we've seen is $597 cheaper (2.6x less)
Weight
Lighter
245 g vs 341 g
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Around 30% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              SX500 IS1/1600s
              Cyber-shot DSC-HX801/2000s
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              SX500 IS1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Cyber-shot DSC-HX801/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SX500 IS9.8 MP
              Cyber-shot DSC-HX809.7 MP

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