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
• 16MP CMOS sensor
• 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.
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.