Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot S500 / Digital IXUS 500 / IXY 500
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Canon PowerShot S500 Digital Elph
2 July 2005
Excerpt: Canon U.S.A. Inc., www.powershot.com $499 list Compact size; sharp images; excellent battery life Heavy; some flash shots overexposed; menus can be confusing The Canon PowerShot S500 Digital Elph is easy to slip in a pocket, like an ultracompact, but this 5-megapixel 3X optical zoom camera brings a lot more shooting power with it. Sharp pictures and excellent battery life make this camera a solid choice.
Excerpt: A great low priced camera with a lot of useful features. The Canon PowerShot S500 5MP Digital Elph with 3x Optical Zoom is a great first camera, also known as the starter camera. It has a lot of features and a very low price, retailing at under $200. This is one of Canon’s cheaper cameras in its new PowerShot line, and although it lacks some of the features that other, more expensive Power Shot cameras have, it still has all you need to take quality pictures.
Canon PowerShot S500 Digital Elph review is based
on a production model. The
Canon PowerShot S500 Digital Elph is an
ultra compact digital camera that gives consistently
excellent quality images. It
continues Canon's successful line of Digital Elphs
with a stylish, well-designed and solidly constructed
take anywhere camera. The
Canon S500 packs 5 megapixels resolution (while
the S410 has 4MP). It has fast shutter speed to
Excerpt: Continue on to Page Two PowerShot S500 Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0 million Image Sensor 1/1.8 in. CCD (Total number of pixels: approx. 5.3 million) Lens 7.4 (W)--22.2 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 36--108 mm) F2.8 (W)--4.9 (T) Digital Zoom Maximum approx. 4.1x (Maximum approx. 12x with optical zoom) Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder LCD Monitor 1.5 in. low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, Approx.
Summary: £239 / $329 this compact and stylish camera is fairly expensive when compared to other cameras, however, it's stylish, fits very easily into pockets, produces very good images, and has a great macro mode. The only things that let this camera down are the limited video length and small screen.
Cons: Limited video mode (limited to 30seconds in VGA, and 3minutes at 320x240), Small 1.5" screen, Fairly expensive compared to the competition (eg Nikon 5200), Tripod mount at very edge of camera (minor problem)
Conclusion: The IXUS fleet of compact digital cameras has got even better with the launch of the new models. The current flagship model, the DIGITAL IXUS 500, has maintained and improved on the high standards set by its predecessors. The same five-MegaPixel CCD that made its appearance in Canon's other hotselling prosumer camera, the G5, is being used here. Other than this 'heart', the 'brain' in this camera is the dedicated DIGIC processor.
Summary: Canon's Digital Ixus 500 has the same compact, stainless steel body and 3x zoom lens as earlier models, with a new Print/Share button that allows image files to be downloaded directly to a Canon Direct or PictBridge-enabled photo printer, or a PC. Lens aperture is controlled automatically using evaluative metering. Centre-weighted and spot metering are also provided. . .
Pros: Well-built, compact body, Excellent range of auto and manual controls, Uses CompactFlash cards
Cons: Mode dial easily reset, Small controls and LCD, Video limited to 10 fps [BG05]
Excerpt: Il meglio delle prestazioni ad alto livello. Digital IXUS 500, caratterizzata da 5.0 Megapixel e da un corpo in metallo, è il trionfo delle ottiche di precisione, della qualità dei materiali e della miniaturizzazione. Digital IXUS 500, il meglio della fotografia digitale ad alte prestazioni, garantisce stampe di qualità fino al formato A3.
Excerpt: Впрочем, последнее вам сможет пригодиться лишь в случае, когда в вашем распоряжении имеется фотопринтер, совместимый со стандартом PictBridge или поддерживающий функцию прямой печати Direct Print. Нажав на специальную кнопку Print/Share, расположенную прямо на корпусе камеры, вы легко и быстро можете распечатать интересующие вас кадры. На худой конец эту кнопку можно использовать и в комбинации с компьютером.