Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD500 / Digital IXUS 700 / IXY Digital 600
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11 March 2007
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. That has enabled me to take more photos than I used to with an SLR, because the SLR stayed in my pack most of the time. What I didn't expect was the high quality pictures that I've gotten with the SD500. The 7.1M pixel capability borders on overkill.
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 - and it has all the hallmarks of a design classic. But it's not a camera without problems.
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 and easy-to-use interface, AF illuminator, Low noise at ISO 50-200, Novel in-camera image effects
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 playback mode, Very little manual control, Finish very susceptible to marks and scratches, can be slippery in the hand
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. This camera was designed for the traveler and college student in all of us. It’s super durable, in it’s steel case. The charger is a glorified wall plug, smaller than all cell-phone chargers on the market.
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. A spare is mandatory as is a high-speed SD card. The LCD screen isn’t the best in the world but it’s more than adequate.
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. We extensively tested the new camera by taking hundreds of shots in a variety of circumstances, and evaluated its video features as well.
Summary: Timing/Shutter Lag The SD500 is very fast, conspicuously quicker than its competition. The boot-up cycle, shutter lag, shot to shot times, and write to card times are all shorter than average. Canon's newest Digital Elph is fast enough for just about anything. It is doubtful SD500 shooters will be able to freeze pro basketball players in mid dunk, but keeping up with infants and toddlers should be a snap (no pun intended). A Few Concerns The LCD screen is a little dim.
Excerpt: Canon has decided to break the Ixus mould with its new flagship model. Not only does it offer a series-high resolution of 7.1-megapixels, but it's moved away from the classic rectangular design of previous models, boasting a curved edge to the right of the body.
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. *** Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & pets, Night snapshot **** Selectable from the Rec.
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. But a 7.1 Megapixel sensor
-- also used in the PowerShot G6 and S70 -- is physically
larger (1/1.8"), so it wouldn't work in the SD200/300/400
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 light focusing, USB 2.0 High Speed support, Optional underwater case and external slave flash
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