The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS 16MP Digital Camera combines the best in digital photography with the convenience of a compact design. Packing a powerful punch with digital zoom and auto enhancing capabilities, the Canon PowerShot offers optimal picture quality. Featuring an advanced 16MP CCD sensor, a versatile wide-angle optical image zoom and a state of the art DIGIC 4 image processor, the Canon PowerShot has the quality, size and price to go anywhere.
Effective 16MP Zoom for Impressive Picture QualityWith its 16MP CCD sensor, the PowerShot captures dramatic images in startling detail. With its exclusive high-resolution functionality, the PowerShot supplies realistic images with detail and remarkable color. Offering additional function in conjunction with the authoritative zoom, the sensor can also be formatted to capture in cropped settings, including 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 ratios. It may seem slight, but with its powerful functional capabilities, the Canon PowerShotis big on performance.
Versatile Wide-Angle Optical Image Zoom for Advanced Image CapabilitiesWith a 30x wide-angle optical image zoom, the PowerShot can take shots ranging from individual portraits to large group photos and even distant scenery pictures. Enabling extended variety without adding bulk to the camera itself, the PowerShot offers a focus comparable to a 35mm film, which translates into a focal length between 24mm and 720mm. Top that aspect off with the wide-angle feature and the PowerShot?s photo capturing capacity offers extended length and size in terms of possible picture subjects. The innovative wide-angle optical image zoom offers advanced image capacity complete with distinctive realism, detail and color.
Original Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor for Unparalleled Photo CapturingThe Canon PowerShot features the characteristic Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which offers better levels of picture quality and shooting speed. Featuring improved performance of over 50-fold from the original DIGIC processor, the 4 includes advanced image processing as well as varied functionality. Among its capabilities are programmed exposure monitoring, exposure mode regulation, image file compression and LCD display manipulation. With this advanced image processor, the Canon PowerShot is able to facilitate more detailed image capture, increased speed in picture processing, continuous photo shooting, HD video and preprogrammed face detection and timer.
From capturing the game-winning field goal to shooting a beautiful serene landscape, the Canon PowerShot has all it needs to do it all. Plus, with its compact size, it is easy to take anywhere.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.09 x 2.74 x 3.16 in. / 104.0 x 69.5 x 80.2mm
TypeCompact digital still camera with built-in flash, 30x Optical, 4x Digital and 120x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
Image Capture Device
Type16.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD
Total PixelsApprox. 16.6 Megapixels
Effective PixelsApprox. 16.0 Megapixels
Focal Length4.3 (W) - 129.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-720mm)
Focusing RangeNormal/Auto: 0 in (0cm) - infinity (W), 4.6 ft. (1.4m) - infinity (T)Macro AF: 0 in - 1.6 ft. (0-50cm) (W)
Autofocus SystemTTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
LCD Monitor3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD PixelsApprox. 461,000 dots
LCD CoverageApprox. 100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperturef/3.4 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
Shutter Speed1-1/1600 sec.
15-1/1600 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
SensitivityAuto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600
Light Metering MethodEvaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control MethodManual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift; AE Lock
Exposure CompensationStill Images: +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop incrementsVideos: +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance ControlAuto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in FlashAuto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off- Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
Flash Range1.6 ft. - 16 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.8 ft. (T) (50cm - 5.0m (W), (1.4 - 3.0m (T))Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance
Recycling Time10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting ModesM, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Auto, SCN, Creative Filters, Discreet, Movie- Shooting movies is possible with the movie button
Photo EffectsMy Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Self TimerApprox. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom
Continuous ShootingNormal: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)Normal: Approx. 2.8 shots/sec. (in Low Light mode)AF: Approx. 0.5 shots/sec. (in P mode)LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec. (in P mode)- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.- Differs according to zoom position.
Storage MediaSD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
File FormatDesign rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording FormatSuperfine, Fine
JPEG Compression ModeStill Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
[16:9]Large: 4608 x 2592Medium 1: 3264 x 1832Medium 2: 1920 x 1080Small: 640 x 360
[3:2]Large: 4608 x 3072Medium 1: 3264 x 2176Medium 2: 1600 x 1064Small: 640 x 424
[4:3]Large: 4608 x 3456Medium 1: 3264 x 2448Medium 2: 1600 x 1200Small: 640 x 480
[1:1]Large: 3456 x 3456Medium 1: 2448 x 2448Medium 2: 1200 x 1200Small: 480 x 480
HD 1280 x 720: 25 fpsiFrame Movie HD 1280 x 720: 25 fpsMiniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 5 fps / 2.5 fps / 1.25 fpsMiniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)
Playback Modes File
Stills & Videos:Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display, Active Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Image Search, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Still Images:Single, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
Videos:Normal Playback, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward- Displays playback position and shooting timeUsing the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer.
Erase ModesSelect Image, Select Range, All Images- The image data in the memory cared stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).- Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie (1 sec. increments) can be deleted.
Video OutNTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)Mini-HDMI connector
Audio OutStereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
OtherSD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Power SourceBattery Pack NB-6L, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit CA-DC40)
Shooting CapacityApprox. 195 shots
Playback TimeApprox. 4 hours
Operating Temperature32-104 F/0-40 C
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.09 x 2.74 x 3.16 in. / 104.0 x 69.5 x 80.2mm
Weight12.0 oz. / 341g (CIPA standard)11.2 oz. / 318g (camera only)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Worth every penny
By Annie J
Description was exactly what you got. I have taken amazing pictures with this camera, including closeups of hummingbirds in flight!!!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great Canon camera
By Grandma Bev
from Long Island N.Y.
Camera received within days and in perfect condition.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
My Nicest camera so far
from Baton Rouge, La.
I'm now 66 and have been fooling with camera's from about age 16. I'm in no way a daily or professional camera expert.I was however a Police officer for 16 years and cameras played a large part in our lives. I only wish that this camera had been there for me to use. It's leaps and bounds ahead of the 35mm format that we had as far as no film, fast focus and a unheard of focal range. No extra lenses to carry around. Takes great photo's from the first click of the button.The big thing is being able to let the camera do all the work for those family pics. Later David
When value counts...
from Amarillo, TX
a really good camera for the money. Has features of much higher priced cameras.
An easy to use 30X zoom
By Older gentleman
from Elmsford, NY
The zoom is VERY usable with the image stabilization.In good light can get 30x without tripodGreat for taking photos at parties or on traveling.Very user friendly.
The camera is awesome. Great for a beginner!
good bridge camera
from Albany, NY
Easy to use, good image stabilization
(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
BAD customer service
from Bel Air, MD
It's a decent camera for the price, if you actually get one that works!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)
I love my Canon Powershot sx500 IS
from Springfield, IL
I have had the camera for just a few days but I love it already. My pictures have amazing clarity. The zoom is incredible and there are a lot of settings/functions making it possable to shoot just about anything in any situation. All I can say is I love it.
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