Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Last Updated (29 July’13):
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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is a 16.0-Megapixels Digital Camera with 30x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom. It features DIGIC 4 Image Processor, 720p HD Video with Dedicated Button, HDMI Output for Immediate HDTV Screening, 32 Predefined Shooting Situations, Zoom Framing Assist for Better Telephoto, High Speed Autofocus, and large 3.0-inch LCD with 461,000 dots for easy images viewing. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.09 x 2.74 x 3.16″ / 10.39 x 6.96 x 8.03 cm and weight 12.0 oz / 340 g with batteries and memory card.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Reviews

Trustedreviews reviews the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and writes;
“in testing we did find that the camera performs quite well –even at ISO 1600 images still remain useable for non-critical purposes, although there is a loss of fine detail thanks to the effects of the in-camera noise reduction.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and writes;
“The SX500 IS offers a variety of AF settings, including Face
detection and subject tracking AF. These modes generally perform well
and offer a pleasing level of accuracy as well as fast focus speeds,
with the Tracking AF system offering a particularly pleasing

Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and writes;
“With general use, the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS’ pictures are good. They’re sharp and well exposed. Colours could be better but they’re close enough to realistic so we don’t really have anything to complain about.. If you’re new to photography, you want something a bit better than the cheapest models and you want to learn the art, then the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS will give you the features, modes and zoom you need. Give this camera a go.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameralabs reviews the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and writes;
“As it stands the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS provides a compelling blend of features in compact and well designed body at a price that makes it hard to ignore. I wouldn’t mind betting that many people who start out with different ideas about what they wanted from a super-zoom end up buying a PowerShot SX500 IS and I highly recommend it.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-lint reviews the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and writes;
“Performance is responsive though and, although it’s not the fastest compact camera out there, the autofocus system remains proficient throughout the full zoom range. Even in dim light the camera was able to target subjects, occasionally using the blue AF-assist lamp to its benefit.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and writes;
“When it comes down to it, the appeal of the SX500 IS is its price. If you’re fine with a point-and-shoot that delivers solid image quality, some nifty features, and a 30x optical zoom, all for about $300, then the SX500 IS is a good deal.”
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CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and writes;
“It’s very competitively priced at less than £300, which is a very good deal when you consider the headline specs and the lens. If you’re not going to crop too tightly, the image noise may well be a non-issue, in which case, if you’re looking for a powerful camera in a neat and tidy chassis, this should certainly be on your shortlist.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Ephotozine reviews the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and writes;
“The Canon Powershot SX500 is good value for money and while noise is a little high, if you mostly shoot outdoors at lower ISO settings then image quality is generally good. The camera would be suited to beginners as well as the more advanced, and with manual controls it should be possible to learn more photography skills as you go along.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Features

The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS offers a Powerful 30x Optical Zoom with 24mm Wide-Angle Lens which provide incredible optical performance and versatility. While the 16.0 Megapixel CCD sensor that combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor ensures you can capture impressive images quality with fine detail and brilliant color that perfect for cropping or making a large prints.

In addition, the DIGIC 4 Image Processor has improved to achieve new level of picture quality and accelerated processing, allowing you to use high-speed continuous shooting, HD video and Face Detection Self-timer. The low-light performance also has improved by adding new powerful noise reduction algorithms for the best result in low-light situations.


The camera also has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording highly detailed 720p HD video at 25fps with clear stereo sound that can be seen easily on your HDTV by connecting the camera via HDMI output. The PowerShot SX500 IS also lets you to use the full range of optical zoom while you’re recording a video, without sacrificing any HD video resolution.


The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS also has 3.0-inch LCD with a great resolution up to 461,000 dots which offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera’s menu functions more convenient. The camera also comes with Smart AUTO technology which automatically select the best camera setting based on 32 predefined shooting situations to ensure the best possible image capture for stills or videos. Not only that, it also offer High Speed AF which improves the focus speed faster than previous model and ensure you to capture great shots as they happen, with reduced lag time.


Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Features:

+ 16.0MP CCD Sensor

+ DIGIC 4 Image Processor

+ 24mm Wide Angle Lens w/ 30x Optical Zoom

+ 3.0″ LCD Display with 461,000 Dots

+ 720p HD Video with Dedicated Button

+ Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization

+ HDMI Output for Immediate HDTV Screening

+ 32 Predefined Shooting Situations

+ Zoom Framing Assist for Better Telephoto

+ High Speed Autofocus


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