Canon PowerShot SX160 and PowerShot SX500 Are Announced
Compact pair includes 30x superzoom camera; plethora of scene modes. The Canon PowerShot 160Read More
Replacing the SX40 HS, the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is Canon's new superzoom compact, sporting a 24-720mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.4-5.8 lens-slightly shorter than its predecessor's 35x optic, but with a higher-resolution 16MP sensor. Canon says advances it has made in noise reduction means images will be excellent quality at higher speeds.
Key features: Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
• 30x optical zoom lens starts at 24mm
• 1/2.3" CCD ensor
• 720p HD Video
• 3-inch, 461k dot LCD monitor
• Smart Auto with 32 predefined shooting situations
• Intelligent IS with 6 image stabilization modes
• Zoom Framing Assist tracks and captures moving subjects
• High-Speed AF
The Canon PowerShot SX500 offers remarkably improved lag time and high-speed autofocus, so you can capture sports as well as the kids before they run out of the frame. There's also a high-resolution 3-inch 461k dot LCD monitor. A prominent Movie button means less burrowing through menu options when you're ready to shoot video. Video capture is at 720p at 25fps, and the camera is compatible with Apple's iFrame standard for faster downloading compatible Apple and Windows computers.
The Canon PowerShot SX500's 32 scene modes include Smart Auto, which can choose the most appropriate scene. Zoom Framing Assist makes using the zoom lens easier; the camera will automatically zoom out automatically to get up close to moving subjects, then automatically zooms back.
Shooting modes include: Manual exposure, aperture, and shutter-priority and program, Smart Auto, portrait, low light, snow, fireworks, creative filters, iFrame mode, Discreet mode (disables flash and all camera sounds), Live View control, face self timer, and more. Creative filters include Miniature Effect, Poster Effect, Toy Camera, Fisheye, Super Vivid and Monochrome.
The Canon SX500 IS is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Canon SX500 IS is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon SX500 IS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon SX500 IS: Compact, Durable, Easy to use, Excellent image quality, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good battery life, Good image quality, Good low-light performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Lightweight/portable, Nice features/settings, Simple controls/menu and Zoom range/performance
Most Liked Positive Review
Love this for videos and daylight pics
I bought this camera over Christmas break because I wanted a digital camera that was not quite as heavy-duty as a DSLR, but still had very good specs (I had been stalking this camera and another one for a few months before purchasing). I was surprised at first at how light and compact this camera is. It is smaller than I had expected it to be. I use this camera to record many functions and concerts at our high school to upload to youtube. I saw another reviewer had an issue with the audio and...View full Review
I bought this camera over Christmas break because I wanted a digital camera that was not quite as heavy-duty as a DSLR, but still had very good specs (I had been stalking this camera and another one for a few months before purchasing). I was surprised at first at how light and compact this camera is. It is smaller than I had expected it to be. I use this camera to record many functions and concerts at our high school to upload to youtube. I saw another reviewer had an issue with the audio and video not lining up and I have not encountered this problem (I have a mac and use imovie to edit all the clips). I am thinking about getting a spare battery though as that has been my only issue when recording. The battery lasted over an hour while recording in HD, but I did not realize that I should have had a spare in order to record the whole event. The zoom on this camera -for both stills and video- is amazing (especially when using a tripod). I stood 10+ feet away from a ping pong ball and on the mechanical zoom alone was able to clearly focus in on the company label on the ball. With the digital zoom, the camera zeroed in on one letter of said label while maintaining crisp quality. I love the automatic macro setting. Initially my brother and I thought that you had to be on a specific setting in order to be in macro mode, but the camera focuses automatically. You just have to have a little patience in order to focus it properly for the light/which object you want to focus on. It may take a couple times of half-way releasing the shutter and re-depressing it in order to get the proper focus. My friend and I played around with the manual settings and they were fairly easy to figure out... you can't be scared to try adjusting settings and realize that you can undo almost anything if you click the wrong button. For manual shooting, I would go to my 35mm every time and use this digital as more of an automatic though. My only qualms with this camera is using it in low-light conditions, camera to computer quality, and no viewfinder. It is iffy about whether a good picture comes out or not and the flash is very good for indoor situations, but sometimes does not help with outdoor, low light situations. I literally had taken two pictures with the same exact settings and focus; one came out gorgeous and the other was grainy and unfocused (even though it appeared fine as I was focusing it). The camera to computer quality is odd with some images. It seems like for some of the images, the camera has too high of a megapixel rate. There are pictures I've taken with this camera that look fine on the camera body itself, but once it's transferred to the computer, it is a little grainy and appears like it is worse quality (as desktop wallpaper) than pictures taken with my very old 4mp camera. I would LOVE a viewfinder on this camera, but for all the other brilliant things about this camera, I would willingly let that little detail go. The price of this camera is excellent especially considering what it is capable of. Even if you forgo the picture-taking aspects of it and use it primarily as a video camera, I believe it is still easily worth the price (though I do not know why you wouldn't take advantage of the wonderful pictures it can take). Overall, I do love this camera and it is extremely easy to use and carry, but there are a couple of features that could have been a little bit better or just more consistent.
Most Liked Negative Review
Not Happy With The Canon Power Shot SX500IS
After looking at compact cameras, we purchased the Power Shot SX500IS, just before Christmas. What a disapointment, some of the pictures have a curvature to the picture, distorting the people and ruining the pictures of family! These can never be redone! I am returning this Canon SX500IS! I DO NOT RECOMEND THIS CAMERA!!!
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A plastic piece around the lens is only glued in and when you take the lens cover off the plastic piece is stuck in the lens cover. Now the plastic piece is completely gone and the cover will not go on the lens. The camera freezes all the time and will not take pictures. The word busy is constantly being displayed. I have had other Canon power shots and loved them. This model I totally dislike and am frustrated every time I use it.
I compared this camera side-by-side with another Canon SX 50 and from that we found the image stabilizer and the auto focus were not working correctly. We compared the photo image at a 100 times and 200 times. My Canon SX 50 would not stay focused. The image stabilizer was very unstable. I am sending this camera back to Canon for a replacement. This is a great camera. Mine may somehow have missed the quality inspections. Hopefully I can change my review when I get my replacement
This camera was such a disappointment after spending two weeks on vacation and taking tons of great photos I came home and downloaded the pics to my computer to find out that there is a time and date stamp on every photo that you can't remove! Who wants a time and date stamp on their pictures? the worst part is that the photos never show the date on them when you view them through the camera they only showed up after I downloaded them. What a horrible piece of garbage cannon! Nobody wants that stupid feature or option anyway! thanks for ruining all my photos!
I received this camera as a Christmas gift in 2012 and just love everything about it! Easy settings, nice quality photos every time! The only problem i can think of is that sometimes it gets finiky with low light and doesnt want to take the photo.
I bought this camera Canon SX500IS on 2nd Nov 2013, It very good I would recommend to my friends. Excellent quality product, awesome pictures . Easy to use. Probably Canon would have provided soft case with it, would have have appreciated. Thanks canon. I did not fond any Cons, because it is perfect for my use specially outings, travelling and short safari.
This is one of the many cameras that I have but the canon powershot sx500 is is the best. Not only is it portable and small but it also has a 30x zoom and 60x super zoom. This camera has a number of scene modes and effects which make my photos clear and vibrant. I would recommend this product because it is easy to use and has a long battery life.
Every time I have used this camera for one single occasion (no more than a couple of hours each time), I have had to recharge the battery. Fortunately (?) the guy at store recommended that I get a second battery. Since one battery is always charged, that helps. I do not like that the lens doesn't close up (prone to scratches); I do not like the short battery life; it does not indicate on the screen which setting I'm using; it does not fit in my purse. In short, I regret buying the camera. I will buy another camera but will do a LOT more homework. The reviews on this one did not indicate the problems I am experiencing. I can't even think of anyone I want to pass this camera along to.
I love my camera (Canon Powershot SX500IS) because of the 50 X zoom. It enable me to take pictures of the moon and the detail was incredible. A friend has a DSLR high end camera and lens that couldn't get the close up shot that I did. Canon will always be my camera of choice because I have never had to replace one. I only buy a new camera when Canon has developed a camera with features that my other Canon cameras don't have (example 50X zoom). Canon cameras enable me to always take beautiful unblurred photos. I LOVE my Canon cameras.
I bought this camera brand new. I was a little bummed because at first I wanted the Canon Elph 110 for vlogging purposes, but the store I went to had sold out of the Elph so I had to pull out a little extra cash for this camera. As it was $90 more. I know the capabilities of the Elph because my friend has one, and this camera although more expensive and quoted to take crisp photos, does not amount to the elph *digital* camera! The video quality on the Canon SX500 IS is grainy and performs horribly in all lighting except outdoors. The best photos are taken on auto if the object is still. I shouldn't have wasted my money, and my warranty is up. Canon you let me down, for the very first time. But I do love my 60D!!!! I just wish I could get my hands on the Canon Elph 110.
For those times that you don't what to take your DSLR with you, this is an excellent "tag-along" companion. The 30X zoom with excellent stabilization will get you just about anywhere.Good resolution, too.
Compact pair includes 30x superzoom camera; plethora of scene modes. The Canon PowerShot 160Read More