Two reviews posted, for Canon PowerShot S410, S500|
(Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - 17:19 EDT)
These are two of the latest digicams in Canon's perennially popular Digital ELPH line.
The Digital ELPHs are a great line of cameras, with sleek, rugged, all-metal bodies, super-compact sizes, great features, and good picture quality. These latest models are no exception, as both are worthy cameras. The text for the two reviews is essentially identical, because they're pretty much the same camera, just with different-sized sensors. Their picture quality is pretty similar too, but there are noticeable differences in a few areas, particularly in their indoor flash performance.
Bottom line, having taken time to actually test both cameras side by side, my conclusion is that, while the S500 does indeed have a slightly larger imager, the S410 really reprents the best deal. Giving up only a very small difference in actual, measured resolution, you get slightly better noise performance, and a flash response that seems to balance much better with ordinary household lighting, while simultaneously saving about $100. Put the extra money into a larger memory card, and you'll be a happy camper.
Read my S410 review or S500 review for all the details, both are great "go anywhere" cameras.