• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SD4000 IS advantages over Canon ELPH 500 HS

  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 250 vs 180 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.7 fps vs 1.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/2500 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon ELPH 500 HS advantages over Canon SD4000 IS

  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $350 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    461k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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Review Excerpt

  • Backlit sensor; High Resolution screen; Touchscreen interface; 24mm equivalent wide-angle zoom; Full HD video.

  • Below-average battery life; Touchscreen requires more pressure than cell phones; Zoom toggle difficult to use; Soft corners and moderate chromatic aberration.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FX75

Canon SD4000 IS
Panasonic DMC-FX75
  • $288
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $210
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon ELPH 500 HS
Panasonic DMC-FX75
  • $246
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • More dots on screen
  • $210
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FX700

Canon SD4000 IS
Panasonic DMC-FX700
  • $288
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $204
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Less shutter lag
Canon ELPH 500 HS
Panasonic DMC-FX700
  • $246
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $204
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Nikon P300

Canon SD4000 IS
Nikon P300
  • $288
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • More dots on screen
Canon ELPH 500 HS
Nikon P300
  • $246
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Olympus TG-1

Canon SD4000 IS
Olympus TG-1
  • $288
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Fast startup
Canon ELPH 500 HS
Olympus TG-1
  • $246
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus TG-2

Canon SD4000 IS
Olympus TG-2
  • $288
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
  • $383
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon ELPH 500 HS
Olympus TG-2
  • $246
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $383
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
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