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.
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.
Summary: As is often the case with Canon’s IXUS range, the 500HS arrives with a price tag exceeding other similarly specified compacts on the market. However, the price premium is warranted – the design far exceeds a lot of its peers, as does the general finish of the camera.
Pros: Excellent design, impressive LCD screen, general image quality good
Cons: High price premium, lacking advanced features
Summary: • Excellent ISO speed (100-3200) • 1080p move recording at 24fps, MOV format • Equipped with 3inch, 461k-dot LCD with PureColor technology • Smart Auto at 58 scenes • One of the slimmest digital camera in the world • With in-built Apple’s iFrame format, movie files are much smaller and convenient to...
Pros: Excellent ISO speed (100-3200) , 1080p move recording at 24fps, MOV format , Equipped with 3inch, 461k-dot LCD with PureColor technology , Smart Auto at 58 scenes , One of the slimmest digital camera in the world , With in-built Apple’s iFrame format, movie files are much smaller and convenient t...
Cons: Teeny back plate controls , Images lack definition, especially at maximum zoom , Unimpressive battery life
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.
Excerpt: We were bowled over by Canon's compact cameras last year. Judging by the Ixus 500 HS, the company isn't resting on its laurels. We first saw this model in January under its american designation of Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS at CES in Las Vegas, but it's been baffingly rebranded for its European...
Conclusion: If a camera looked this good, offered the same 12x optical zoom and cost £200, we’d be praising it to the rafters. Unfortunately this example costs 50 per cent more, so a premium is being charged for the fashion conscious fascia presented here.
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