Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: CNETSX50IS
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CNET editors' review
price range: $198.39 - $299.00
- Reviewed by: Joshua Goldman
- Reviewed on: 01/31/2013
The good: The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS holds an ultrawide-angle 30x zoom lens in a very small, very light body. It offers more shooting options -- including semimanual and manual controls -- than most in its class, and has very good optical image stabilization.
The bad: Despite autofocus improvements, the SX500 IS' shooting performance might still be too slow for action shots, especially indoors. It's not a great choice for handheld low-light shots.
The bottom line: It has its limitations, but the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is a good choice for zoom addicts on a budget.
Considering the price point, it's a super little camera
by Thomas_Robertson on July 24, 2013
Pros: Excellent image quality in good light
Easy to use, excellent focusing system, small size, battery life
Full featured manual modes
Auto modes work very nice
30x optical zoom
Cons: Noisy in low light
Burst rate is very poor
Summary: The unique selling point of this camera has to be the ability to remain compact, while incorporating a fantastic built in zoom. In the past, bridge cameras were closer to ...
Summary: The unique selling point of this camera has to be the ability to remain compact, while incorporating a fantastic built in zoom. In the past, bridge cameras were closer to the size, and price, of an entry level DSLR. This meant that they were bulky and heavy, and the only real advantage was that an additional bag of lenses wasn't required.I suggest check for best price at: camerabuilding.wordpress.com/canon-powershot-sx500-is/
With the Canon Powershot SX500, the x30 optical zoom has been retained, but the size of the camera has been massively reduced. It is now closer to the size of an average compact, with a large-ish lens attached to the front. The quality of the zoom has not been reduced either - in fact I would even go as far as to say that it has been improved. In addition to the x30 optical zoom, this can be extended to x120 with the assistance of the digital zoom. With other cameras that I have used in the past, the digital zoom was traditionally useless, even if you were using a tripod, as the pictures would either be excessively blurred, or contain a lot of noise.
In order to prove this, I set the camera a challenge. The challenge was as follows: would I be able to take a picture of a standard page of normal sized text in a magazine (Gardener's World, in case you're interested!), in daylight conditions, from four metres away and using the x120 digital zoom? The answer is yes. There was a bit of noise, and the colours were slightly distorted, but considering the challenge that was involved, I was very impressed. I couldn't even see that there was text on the page with the naked eye!
As I mentioned above, the main selling point of this camera is the ability to remain small, while keeping its fantastic zoom. Therefore, some compromises have needed to be made, so that it can still be affordable as a budget camera. The most major of these is that the number of shooting modes is somewhat limited compared to other cameras currently on the market. Therefore, unless have a snow (which at the time of writing, I do!) or a fireworks scene, there is little option but to take pictures on the automatic mode. Having said this, this will probably not really be an issue for the majority of people that this camera is aimed at. In fact, I only tend to change the settings and use scene modes when using a DSLR, on all other cameras, automatic mode is good enough for the situation.
While the number of scene modes is somewhat limited, it is still possible to adjust many other settings through the use of a full manual mode. Shutter and aperture priority modes are also available, however you've be forgiven for thinking they didn't at first glance, as Canon have called them Tv and Av modes, rather than the more common S and A.
One final point I would mention is the battery life. I received the Camera in October 2012 and have used it on and off since that date. During that period of time (6 months), I have charged the battery once and it is still showing 2 bars. A lot more impressive than another camera which I recently tried which had a battery life of a week, even if it wasn't used!
Overall, I am very impressed with this little camera. Yes, it may not be the most versatile and come with the most options and settings available, however for most people, I think the most important thing after image quality (and all cameras have mastered this by now), is zoom capability and quality. The majority of the other features are just nice to haves. Therefore, I can't find any fault with how it performs and at the end of the day, if I do find myself in a very special situation that requires all sorts of special features, I wouldn't be wanting to use what is, for all intents and purposes, a budget camera.
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I hope my review is helpful, good luck my friend!
Updated on Dec 23, 2013
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Outstanding value for money
by jonorose on April 29, 2013
Pros: - Price!!
- Incredible optical zoom capability compares with huge, heavy professional lenses.
- Not great in low light
- Doubles as a great video camera.
- Image stabilisation on video is excellent.
- Light and easy to carry around.
Cons: (only if I have to be petty)
- A bit slow.
- Not so great in low light.
- You can hear the zoom when you are recording video.
Summary: I picked up this camera for the equivalent of $250 in my money before I headed off on safari in South Africa. Everyone else around me had $5000 cameras with ...
Summary: I picked up this camera for the equivalent of $250 in my money before I headed off on safari in South Africa. Everyone else around me had $5000 cameras with enormous lenses. They couldn't believe the shots I was getting out of this little point and shoot! When i was posting pictures online for friends back home they were asking when I bought an SLR with a 600mm lens! (actually, its the equivalent of a 720mm!!) And this is a light, easy to schlepp around camera that doubles as an excellent video camera. This is the best camera you could possibly want to a trip overseas if you're an amateur like me. I can't remember a better value for money purchase that I have made ever.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great camera and best buy!
by tmcgo on June 28, 2013
Pros: Very compact, light and easy to use - and with a remarkable 30x optical zoom, especially at this price.
Cons: I can't find any fault with how it performs
Summary: I bought this camera as a present to my hubby. We've had it for weeks, and we do a lot of outdoor and kids photos. He has taken some ...
Summary: I bought this camera as a present to my hubby. We've had it for weeks, and we do a lot of outdoor and kids photos. He has taken some really great shots a. Overall I would say that it is a really fun camera and it has a really great zoom. Can take acceptable pictures at really far distances. With the camera's zoom capabilities I might consider shooting birds lol. :) An extra battery might be something you want to consider however. One full charge will last me 2 or 3 days.....that's maybe an hour a day of active picture taking. The camera is really very compact.
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Terrible camera! Stay away! Do not buy!
by forevermemorable on June 17, 2013
Pros: The Zoom lens
Cons: Battery life, picture quality, default settings, hard to navigate through menu settings, poor flash quality, drown out pictures, terrible photos without flash, etc. etc. etc.
Summary: Terrible camera! The worse one I have ever used! You can use disposable camera that perform better than this one. The auto focus drowns out your photos! Too much lighting! ...
Summary: Terrible camera! The worse one I have ever used! You can use disposable camera that perform better than this one. The auto focus drowns out your photos! Too much lighting! Of course you can tweak the settings, if you had time, but for a quick point and shoot camera, this is NOT the one. Also, many of my photos get out of focus. When the flash is not on, the pictures are distorted! When the flash is on, there usually is too much light cast on people's faces.
The default size of the pictures are set really small, which you might as well delete every photo you take. It is REALLY HARD to figure out how to change the default setting to a higher quality image. And even at that, the "higher quality" image is not really higher quality.
The battery is the worse battery life I have ever seen. I would rather use a 99 Cent Store battery than this one. Granted that you can recharge it, but when you are out taking pictures, the battery drains SUPER FAST. If you take video, you might get 10 minutes from it before the battery is depleted!
The only cool feature is the zoom lens, which can zoom pretty darn far, for the small size of this camera.
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- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: CNETSX50IS
- Description: The PowerShot SX500 IS gives you all the power of super zoom in a camera that's sized to go everywhere! The extremely powerful 30x optical zoom with 24 mm wide-angle lens gives you true shooting versatility, while the Optical Image Stabilizer ensures crisp, brilliant images at any zoom length. Image quality is spectacular thanks to the 16.0-megapixel sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 image processor, and you can capture stunningly realistic 720p HD video in stereo sound with a simple press of the movie button. An enhanced zoom framing assist button helps you track and capture subjects for sharp super telephoto photography, and high speed AF dramatically reduces lag time so you'll never miss a shot. Just hold the PowerShot SX500 IS in your hand to experience what makes the design so special. The camera's slim, compact body is proportioned in perfect relation to the giant zoom, while rounded corners with angled grips are a natural fit for the palm of your hand. Zoom right onto the field to capture sports action, achieve those wide-angle travel shots, preserve memories of special events as beautiful HD video - it's all possible with the PowerShot SX500 IS!
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Enclosure Color Black
- Resolution 16 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 16,600,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 16,000,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
- Optical Zoom 30 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Processor DIGIC 4
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Face Detection Face Detection Self-timer,
Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB
- Digital Video Format MOV,
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
- AV Interfaces HDMI,
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 1600,
- Exposure Metering Evaluative,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Special Effects Miniature,
Black & White,
Darker Skin Tone,
Lighter Skin Tone,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
Fluorescent light (daylight)
- Max Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 15 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Type 30 x x Zoom lens - 4.3 mm - 129 mm - F/3.4-5.8
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 24 - 720 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 0 in
- Macro Focus Range 0 in - 19.7 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Flash Modes Rear curtain sync,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features Flash +/- compensation
- Effective Flash Range 1.6 ft - 16.4 ft ( Wide lens ),
4.6 ft - 10 ft ( Tele lens )
- Continuous Shooting Speed 2.8 frames per second,
0.5 frames per second,
0.6 frames per second,
0.8 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
In-camera red-eye fix,
Zoom Framing Assist,
Resizing an image,
Cropping an image,
I-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system,
Subject Detection technology,
Exif Print support,
720p HD movie recording,
Intelligent Image Stabilisation (IS),
Live View Control,
Digital noise reduction,
Camera orientation detection,
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 3 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Microphone Features Wind noise reduction
- Connector Type 1 x Hi-Speed USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x HDMI output
- Software Canon ImageBrowser EX,
Drivers & Utilities
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Included Accessories Battery charger,
Lens cap strap,
- Supported Battery Canon NB-6L
- Supported Battery 1 x Canon NB-6L Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
- Battery Life Details Photo shooting,
Playback - 4 hour(s)
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
SDXC Memory Card
- Image Storage JPEG 4608 x 3456,
JPEG 4608 x 3072,
JPEG 4608 x 2592,
JPEG 3264 x 2448,
JPEG 3264 x 2176,
JPEG 3264 x 1832,
JPEG 1600 x 1200,
JPEG 1920 x 1080,
JPEG 1600 x 1064,
JPEG 640 x 480,
JPEG 640 x 424,
JPEG 640 x 360,
JPEG 3456 x 3456,
JPEG 2448 x 2448,
JPEG 1200 x 1200,
JPEG 480 x 480
- Video Capture H.264 - 1280 x 720,
H.264 - 640 x 480,
iFrame - 1280 x 720,
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect,
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect,
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect,
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect,
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect,
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.1 in
- Depth 3.2 in
- Height 2.7 in
- Weight 11.2 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 10 - 90%
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.