Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS)

Last Update (01 December’11):
– Review by CNET

Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) is a 12 MP CMOS Digital Camera features 4x Optical Zoom, ISO 100-3200, 3x optical zoom (35 mm film equivalent: 24-105mm), TTL Autofocus, Built-in Flash, Photo Effects, Full HD with optical zoom. Dynamic IS, Smart Auto (32 scenes), High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie, Movie Digest, iFrame movie, Creative modes & manual control, and 3.2-inch TFT LCD. The camera measures (W x H x D) 3.96 x 2.18 x 0.98 in / 100.6 x 55.4 x 25.0mm and weighs 5.82 oz. / 165g (camera body only).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info: discount up to $110.12 (39%

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Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) Reviews

CNET reviews the Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) and writes;
“The bottom line: The touch-screen controls keep the Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS from being a lower-cost PowerShot S95 alternative for enthusiasts, but its otherwise a very good ultracompact.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

MacWorld reviews the Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) and writes;
“Thanks to its standout image quality, versatile shooting features, well-done UI, and bright F2.0 lens, it’s an excellent choice for anyone seeking a touch-controlled compact camera”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCHQ reviews the Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) and writes;
“Ultimately, the ELPH 500 is still a solid camera. We recommend it, since it’s almost impossible to find this kind of picture quality for $300. We’re giving a low A minus rating… “
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DCR reviews the Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) and writes;
“I’ve come to expect very good, very reliable image quality from Canon’s best PowerShots and the 500 HS didn’t let me down. Exposure and processing are geared for the consumer class, so colors pop and contrast is somewhat strong. “
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Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) and writes;
“It excels in both performance and image quality, with its only drawback being a hard to use touch screen. With a MSRP of US $299.99, this is an excellent option in this price range.”
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DCI reviews the Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) and writes;
“The 500 HS handles well for a camera of its size. Our main point of contention is its touchscreen, which is frequently more trouble than it’s worth. If you don’t mind the camera’s quirks—and enjoy what touchscreens provide for usability—then the 500 HS is certainly a worthy contender for your money.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

T3 reviews the Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) and writes;
“Overall, the Canon IXUS 310 HS produced impressive quality images: the optical IS does a great job of reducing blur (there was none in our test pictures), images are crisp, skin tones are flattering and colours are punchy but not unrealistically so.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) and writes;
“The Canon IXUS 310 HS needn’t get by on its pretty looks alone, thanks to some powerful technology and impressive performance. The camera’s high price may prevent it from attaining a broad appeal, though.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) and writes;
“Video quality was generally good and at their best, HD clips (both resolution settings) were as sharp as we would have expected on the basis of the still images from the review camera. VGA and QVGA clips were much as you would expect and only suitable for viewing on small screens..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) and writes;
“Ultimately, by incorporating both fun and creative features alongside its basic point and shoot functionality, and delivering impressive results in both daylight and low light at the press of a button, this IXUS is a no brainer choice for those wanting point and shoot simplicity yet results that are a cut above the norm. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon ELPH 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS) Features

Experience the Power.

Canon’s HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash and lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.

The Canon HS SYSTEM takes the frustration out of low light shooting. The system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact, and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. Beautiful low light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds, and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.

The system is the result of two technologies brought together in a compact PowerShot. The first is the 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, which positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas. Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS SYSTEM is Canon’s advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing.

Canon ELPH 500 HS

Memorable Moments in Spectacular Full HD.
Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access. Zoom optically while shooting video and keep footage stabilized with Dynamic IS.

Experiencing the brilliance of Full 1080p HD video in a Canon PowerShot ELPH digital camera has never been easier. With the convenient dedicated movie button, you’ll be able to instantly record everyday moments in amazing life-like realism at a push of a button. You can also operate the optical zoom while shooting video so you can get in close–but don’t worry about shaky footage because Dynamic IS will help keep your videos steady!

Get the Shot You Want with Just a Touch.
A large 3.2-inch touch panel LCD offers easy and intuitive operation.

Experience the advancement of touch screen technology with the PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera. Simply touch the screen to choose and track an AF point, change camera settings, record and play videos and much, much more! Let Canon bring the art of photography to your fingertips and have fun viewing the every day moments on a big, bright screen in amazing detail.

A Big Lens for Big Ambitions.
A bright f/2.0 lens, 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens, great for shooting portrait photography in low light conditions or using a shallow depth-of-field for great images with beautiful soft backgrounds.

The PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera sports an f/2.0 aperture, perfect for creating enticing portraits, by drawing attention to the face and blurring the background with its impressively shallow depth-of-field. The large aperture also does more. It lets you capture more nuances in low light shooting by using more of the available light. The 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens puts more into every frame so you can easily photograph landscapes, tall buildings and large groups of people.

Canon ELPH 500 HS

A PowerShot that Keeps Up with the Action.
Get high-speed shooting in a point-and-shoot camera: High-speed Burst Mode captures 8.2fps and Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow slow motion playback.

Sometimes, the action just won’t stop for you. The PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera is equipped with High-Speed Burst Mode that can capture 8.2 frames per second, letting you catch every single detail in pure Canon brilliance.

You can also add a fun slow motion effect to you videos with Super Slow Motion Movie. Super Slow Motion Movie will record your clips at a high speed so that when you watch your videos, they’ll be playing in slow motion.

Clarity and Stability at Your Fingertips.
4.4x Optical Zoom Lens and Optical Image Stabilizer.

A 4.4x Optical Zoom lens enables you to capture subjects that are close and far away. The added bonus of an Optical Image Stabilizer ensures that every moment you photograph will come out amazingly clear and focused.

Advanced Smart AUTO for Stills and Videos that Shine.
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.

The PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera takes the quality of your still images and videos to a whole new level – automatically. The camera’s advanced Smart AUTO system detects a wealth of information about the scene you’re shooting, then automatically selects the optimal settings for you. Now with an expanded range of 32 shooting scenarios, the camera handles a wide variety of situations, freeing you up to concentrate on composing your shot and capturing the moment you’re looking for. From portraits to landscapes to action scenes, the PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera has you covered whether you’re shooting stills or videos.

* Smart AUTO
The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
* P Program
Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
* Av Aperture-priority
You define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.
* Tv Shutter-priority
You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon’s noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
* Movie Digest Mode
Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day’s worth of clips into a video.
* Portrait
The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject pop.
* Kids & Pets
Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won’t miss those special shots.
* Smart Shutter
The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
* High-speed Burst
The camera shoots continuously at a high speed of approx. 8.2fps while you hold down the shutter.
* Best Image Selection
The camera takes five photos in succession, and then chooses the best one out of the bunch.
* Handheld Night Scene
Suppresses image blur even without the help of a tripod.
* Low Light
For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
* Fisheye Effect
Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
* Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills
Emphasizes perspective for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of videos and stills.
* Toy Camera Effect
Simulates photos taken with “toy” or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
* Creative Light Effect
Transform background bright spots to stars, hearts, music motes and more.
* Monochrome
Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
* Super Vivid
Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
* Poster Effect
Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
* Color Accent
Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
* Color Swap
Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
* Beach
Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
* Foliage
Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
* Snow
Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
* Fireworks
Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.

Shoot in Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24 fps for up to 14 min. and 34 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in HD (1280 x 720p) at 30 fps for up to 20 min. 43 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps for up to 43 min. and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip and QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour 58 min. and 19 sec. or 4GB per clip. Also shoot in iFrame Movie format (1280 x 720) at 30 fps for up to 13 min. and 35 sec. or 4GB per clip.

Super Slow Motion Movie

Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.

For photography enthusiasts, the ability to control aperture and shutter speed is key. The Aperture- and Shutter-priority modes on the Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera make it easy for anyone to take extra control over the look and feel of images captured.

In Aperture-priority mode, you set the aperture and the camera automatically selects an appropriate shutter speed. This lets you create sharp subjects with beautifully blurred backgrounds, and landscapes with foreground, middle ground and background all in focus.

Shutter-priority mode lets you choose a shutter speed while the camera automatic ally selects the aperture. Higher shutter speeds are great for catching stop-action shots of moving subjects, while lower shutter

Canon ELPH 500 HS

Easily Turn Your Memories into Videos.
Movie Digest Mode records a short video clip right before shooting a still image and then combines one day’s worth of clips into one video.

Putting together a video containing highlights from family vacations, important occasions and other special events is now easier than you might imagine. Using the Movie Digest Mode, you can have the camera automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) every time you shoot a still image. The camera will then combine an entire day’s worth of clips into a single video. No editing required – Movie Digest Mode does all the work, so you can sit back and enjoy your video!

Add some Fun to Your Photos!
New scene modes, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome, add an artistic look to your photos.

Add some vintage nostalgia with Toy Camera Effect. Toy Camera Effect recreates this look by darkening the edges to make them appear as if they were photographed through a pinhole lens and adding contrast.

Canon ELPH 500 HS

Monochrome lets you sway away from the usual black & white combination. Now you can choose from three single-toned effects: Black & White, Sepia or Blue to really give your photos the effect you’re looking for.

Canon ELPH 500 HS

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