Summary: The Canon ELPH 520 HS/ IXUS 500 HS sits near the top of the ELPH / IXUS range alongside the ELPH 530 HS / IXUS 510 HS which adds a 16:9 touch-screen and WiFi. Its headline feature is a 12x optical zoom which it manages to squeeze into a tiny metal box of a body.
Other features include a 3 inch 4:3 ratio LCD screen, 1080p24 HD video and a range of novice-friendly features such as Scene detection, Face detect AF, Face ID, Movie Digest mode and a wide range of scene and...
Pros: 12x stabilised optical zoom., Very compact sylish metal body., Optical zoom while movie recording.
Cons: Poor battery life., Takes MicroSD format cards., Small buttons can be difficult to press., Reduced 2.5M resolution Burst mode.
Canon Ixus 500 HS – Canon gives compact digital cameras another shot
7 May 2012
Conclusion: Ixus 500 HS is a disappointing release by Canon even though it’s their most recent take at compact digital cameras. Its poor performance in dark places makes its $500 price tag a little too expensive for our taste. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 would be a better choice even if it were to sell for a slightly higher price. But if you have the tendency to take outdoor shots more and don’t mind the noise in dark places, we won’t stop you from getting Canon Ixus 500 HS.
Conclusion: We're paying a premium here for a great looking pocket camera that offers the flexibility of a 12x optical zoom. If a glossy exterior and credit card proportions aren't the deciding factor, the equally new, but albeit not as lovely, Olympus SP-620UZ offers a 21x zoom plus better picture quality for just £179/$200.
Excerpt: Pocket-megazoom cameras have been around for a few years now, but you probably haven't seen one as small or as simple as the Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS. In a way, it represents a new breed of basic compact camera : Rather than cramming more megapixels into a tiny sensor, the 10-megapixel Ixus 500 HS keeps the pixel count relatively sane and jacks up the optical zoom to 12X (28mm to 336mm), an impossible-sounding level for a camera of this size.
Excerpt: This 10 megapixel camera with a 28–336mm (film equivalent) zoom lens is very compact indeed. It has a face area exactly that of a credit card and it is a mere 19mm thick. It weighs in at 155 g and easily fits in any pocket or bag. In spite of the small size every important control is easily accessible through the nine buttons arranged logically around the body. Although the buttons are necessarily small they are well spaced and pleasant to use.
Excerpt: Canon’s IXUS range of pocket point and shoot cameras has always been as much about form as function - an approach that sets it apart from the parallel PowerShot family that concentrates more on function than form.
Pros: Well built, pocket sized and stylish in appearance, decent sized screen, Full HD video, HDMI output
Cons: You’re paying around £100 extra for the glossy good looks here, battery life is modest, microSD storage is small and fiddly, backplate button small and operational layout confusing at first