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: What may give you pause is the price - £305 in the UK, or $300 in the US, where it's called the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS. So, as usual with Canon IXUS cameras, it seems we're paying a premium.
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.
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. Of course that won’t prevent those who value gadgets that look more obviously like "designer" brands splashing the cash, but the IXUS 500 HS is not the best value for money when rated purely in terms of feature set and...
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