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Old Nov 30, 2004, 1:54 PM   #1
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Does anyone know the main differences between the Canon SD 300 and the Canon S500? Also which one would you buy? Thanks.
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Old Nov 30, 2004, 6:12 PM   #2
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Here is a side-by-side comparison, courtesty dpreview.com:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/comp...sd300&show=all

Quickly glancing at the specs,

* SD300 is US$25 cheaper (around 8% the cost of the camera)
* S500 is 5 Megapixels vs 4MP for SD300
* S500 has larger sensor at 1/1.8" vs 1/2.5" (BUT this has to be compared along with the megapixels to determine which is better for the noise... I would GUESS that the S500 is better simply because its sensor is larger while only having 1 more megapixel)
* S500 uses compact flash and comes with 32MB card while SD300 uses SD/MMC and comes with 16MB card (minor point)
* S500 only has 1.5" LCD screen vs 2" for SD300 (this is a HUGE difference)... although both have the same # of pixels so the smaller screen will look better--but the larger screen is much better...
* SD300 is slightly smaller and weighs a bit less...although they are close

All the other specs are pretty similar...

So to sum up, the key differences are 5MP vs 4MP and 1.5" LCD vs 2"...

Out of these I would go for the S500 since it has more megapixels with a larger sensor, although it has a small LCD.... BUT if I'm in the market for an ultra-compact, I would prefer something like the Sony W1 over any of these (it costs a little less, has 5MP and 2.5" LCD(!!!))... to tell you the truth, I'm not too knowledgeable about ultra-compacts so I would have to do more research and look at other brands like Casio, etc... But right now, I like the Sony W1 over these for ultra-compacts...
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Old Nov 30, 2004, 11:56 PM   #3
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The SD300 also has a more powerful video mode with unlimited video at 640x480/30. Basically, the S500 is a powerful camera and the SD300 is a newer thinner camera.
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Old Dec 1, 2004, 9:19 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.
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