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Comparisons / Comparison of Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and Olympus SP-720UZ

Comparison of Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and Olympus SP-720UZ [S]ave

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Olympus SP-720UZ
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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
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General
ModelOlympus SP-720UZCanon PowerShot SX500 IS
BrandOlympusCanon
Manufacturer urlhttp://www.olympusamerica.com/https://www.usa.canon.com/
Model numberSP-720UZSX500
Camera formatMid-SizedMid-Sized
Release year (year)20122012
Tripod mount++
Length (mm)107104
Width (mm)7380
Height (mm)7370
Weight (g)405341
Waterproof--
Successor-Canon SX510
Image Sensor
Sensor typeCCDCCD
Effective megapixels (MP)14.0016.00
Sensor format1/2.3 inch1/2.3 inch
Sensor area (mm²)28.0728.07
Sensor width (mm)6.176.17
Sensor height (mm)4.554.55
Approximate pixel pitch (micron)1.441.34
Aspect ratio4:34:3
Color filter typeRGBGRGBG
Self-cleaning--
Sensor shift image stabilization+-
On-sensor phase detect--
Image Capture
Image resolution
  • 1280 x 960(1.2 mp 4:3)
  • 1600 x 1200(1.9 mp 4:3)
  • 1920 x 1080(2.1 mp 16:9)
  • 2048 x 1536(3.1 mp 4:3)
  • 2560 x 1920(4.9 mp 4:3)
  • 3264 x 2448(8.0 mp 4:3)
  • 4288 x 2416(10.4 mp other)
  • 4288 x 3216(13.8 mp 4:3)
  • 640 x 480(0.3 mp 4:3)
  • 1200 x 1200(1.4 mp 1:1)
  • 1600 x 1064(1.7 mp 3:2)
  • 1600 x 1200(1.9 mp 4:3)
  • 1920 x 1080(2.1 mp 16:9)
  • 2448 x 2448(6.0 mp 1:1)
  • 3264 x 1832(6.0 mp 16:9)
  • 3264 x 2176(7.1 mp 3:2)
  • 3264 x 2448(8.0 mp 4:3)
  • 3456 x 3456(11.9 mp 1:1)
  • 4608 x 2592(11.9 mp 16:9)
  • 4608 x 3072(14.2 mp 3:2)
  • 4608 x 3456(15.9 mp 4:3)
  • 480 x 480(0.2 mp 1:1)
  • 640 x 360(0.2 mp 16:9)
  • 640 x 424(0.3 mp other)
  • 640 x 480(0.3 mp 4:3)
Image file format
  • jpeg (exif 2.3)
  • jpeg (exif 2.3)
Continuous-mode (fps)7.000.80
Video Capture
Can take movies++
Movie resolution
  • 1280x720
  • 1920x1080
  • 640x480
  • 1280x720
  • 640x480
Movie max framerate (fps)-30
Image Storage
Movie file formatQuickTime Motion JPEGMOV (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (stereo))
Composite video out++
Ntsc/pal switchable video++
Hd video out++
Hd video connectionHDMIHDMI
Lens and Optics
LensOlympus lens; 13 Lenses in 10 Groups, 4 Aspherical and 3 ED elementsCanon Zoom Lens
Focal length (35mm equivalent) (mm)26.00 - 676.0024.00 - 720.00
Focal length (actual) (mm)2.003.00 - 129.00
Zoom ratio (x)26.0030.00
Aperture range (f)0.18 - 0.310.12 - 0.29
Integrated nd filter--
Min focus range (cm)300
Macro focus range (cm)-0 - 50
Optical image stabilization-+
Digital zoom++
Digital zoom values (x)
  • 4
  • 4
Auto Focus
Auto focus++
Auto focus typeContrast Detection; iESP, Face Detection AF, Spot, AF TrackingContrast Detection; Face Detect AiAF, Single AF point (center or face select and track)
Auto focus assist light++
Manual focus-+
Viewfinder
ViewfinderLCDLCD
Focus peaking--
Display
Eye-level viewfinder--
Rear display++
Rear display size (inch)3.003.00
Rear display resolution (dots)460,000461,000
Touchscreen--
Articulating screen--
Tilt swivel screen--
Selfie screen--
Max playback zoom (x)1010
Exposure
Iso settingsAuto, High Auto,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600; (Higher in 4MP Low Light scene mode)
Auto iso mode++
White balance settings
  • auto
  • custom (2)
  • daylight
  • fluorescent 1
  • overcast
  • tungsten
  • auto (including face detection wb)
  • cloudy
  • custom
  • daylight
  • fluorescent
  • fluorescent h
  • tungsten
Shutter speed range (s)1/1300 - 41/1600 - 15
Bulb mode+-
Exposure compensation+/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps+/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Explosure metering modesDigital ESP Metering, Spot MeteringEvaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Center)
Program auto exposure++
Aperture priority-+
Shutter priority-+
Full manual exposure-+
Creative exposure modesScene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Sports, Indoor, Candle, Self-portrait, SunsetSCN (Portrait, FaceSelf-Timer, Low Light (4.0MP), Snow, Fireworks), Creative Filters (Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect
Self timer (s)
  • 2
  • 12
  • 2
  • 10
High resolution composite--
Flash
Built-in flash++
Flash modes
  • auto
  • fill-in
  • off
  • red-eye reduction
  • auto
  • manual flash on / off
  • red-eye reduction available
  • slow synchro
Flash range description0.3 - 2.1 m (ISO 100) 8.5 m (ISO 1600); 1.6 - 2.5 m (ISO 400) 4.9 m (ISO 1600)1.6 ft. - 16 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.8 ft. (T) (50cm - 5.0m (W), (1.4 - 3.0m (T))
Max flash sync (s)-1/1600
Flash exposure compensation-+/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
Usable memory types
  • sd
  • sdhc
  • sdx
  • sd
  • sdhc
  • sdx
Dual card slots--
Raw capture support--
Included memory (MB)59-
Included memory typeInternal-
Connectivity
Built-in wi-fi--
NFC--
Bluetooth--
Built-in gps--
Microphone jack--
Headphone jack--
External connections
  • usb 2.0 high speed
  • usb 2.0 high speed
Pictbridge compliant++
Dpof compliant++
Remote control--
Connections (extended)
  • combined av/usb
  • dc input
  • micro (type d) hdmi
  • mini (type-c) hdmi
Performance Timing
Jpeg shooting speed in burst mode (max resolution) (fps)7.000.80
Buffer size for jpeg shooting in burst mode (max resolution) (frames)8-
Power
Battery life, stills (cipa rating monitor/live view) (shots)-195
Battery form factorProprietary LI-50BProprietary NB-6L
Usable battery types
  • lithium-ion rechargeable
  • lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries included1 x Proprietary LI-50B Lithium-ion rechargeable1 x Proprietary NB-6L Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery charger included (dedicated charger or ac/usb adapter)++
Software
Included software-
  • canon software suite (imagebrowser ex
  • photostitch)
Os compatibility-
  • mac os x v10.6 - 10.7
  • windows 7 sp1 / vista sp2 / xp sp3
Miscellaneous
Notes and featuresDual Image Stabilization, Full HD 1080p Movies, Magic Filters, HDR Backlight Adjustment, AF Tracking, 3D Photo ShootingOptical Image Stabilization, DIGIC 4 Processor, Zoom Framing Assist, 720p HD Movies.



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