Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD500 / Digital IXUS 700 / IXY Digital 600
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2 April 2007
Conclusion: It's not without reason that the IXUS/Elph range has proved so popular; the combination of size, design and materials, performance and decent image quality is a compelling one. The SD500 is no exception; it's fast, easy to use and capable of producing first-class results in the right situations -...
Pros: Excellent resolution, Very compact and pocketable, Beautifully built and all-metal construction, Excellent color and exposure, Manual (custom) white balance, Fast focus and very responsive performance overall, Good flash performance at short distances, High performance movie mode, Nice handling a...
Cons: Low contrast fine detail (such as foliage or hair) looks soft, AiAF focus unreliable - turn it off, Screen resolution not high enough for a 2.0-inch LCD, Some purple fringing, Slight corner softness at wide angle, Battery life when using LCD not fantastic, No exposure information in record or pla...
Excerpt: The PowerShot SD500 is an excellent digital camera. My highest rated photo on SP was taken with it.
I bought it for its light weight and for the ability to strap it to my belt or harness while climbing.
Conclusion: The SD500 is a versatile, accurate, fun 7MP compact camera that performed very well on our tests and will appeal to a broad section of shooters. We like it so much, we've awarded it our Editors' Choice.
Pros: Quick performer. Excellent image quality. Unique My Color feature. Good ergonomics. Sleek and attractive.
Cons: Macro mode did not produce good results. Flash had some problems in backlit situations.
Excerpt: This is the flagship brand of Canon. The PowerShot is the ultra-compat version stretching from 2000 to now. It’s the lightest version, while not the most up to date. This camera has a lot of the bells and whistles without a lot of manual control.
Conclusion: Canon wins very high marks with this tiny camera. Picture quality is excellent, the form factor is terrific but not museum quality. One of the ELPH’s few negatives is the proprietary lithium ion battery that really doesn’t have the juice to keep you shooting for a day.
Excerpt: (5/26/05) Digital cameras have come a long way in the past few years, and a perfect example of the progress this technology has made is the Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital Elph camera ($480). Even though its tiny, it features 7.1 megapixel digital imaging and a 3x optical zoom.
Summary: Canon’s New Powershot SD500 may be the ultimate Micro-Cam The Bottom Line The Canon Powershot SD500 provides a near perfect balance of excellent image quality, tough as nails durability, ultra-compact size, and intuitive ease of use.
Summary: * From the front of the lens * Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction. * Camera automatically sets the optimal speed. * When sensitivity is set to AUTO. * Long shutter and Digital macro mode available. ** Selectable in Manual mode.
Excerpt: When Canon set out to make an ultra
compact, ultra high resolution camera, it wasn't as
simple as dropping a new CCD into an existing body.
The reason for that is due to the size of the CCD sensor
itself: on the SD200, SD300, and the new SD400, the
CCD is 1/2.5" in size.
Pros: Excellent photo quality (though see issues below), Compact and very stylish metal body, Blazing performance, First rate movie and continuous shooting modes, Powerful flash for a compact camera, Unique My Colors feature, LCD visible in low light (and it's about time), AF-assist lamp; good low ligh...
Cons: Some corner softness and purple fringing, Redeye is a problem, Cheap plastic door over memory card / battery compartment, While an improvement over the other SD series cameras, battery life could be better, Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod, More manual controls would be nice