Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
16 August 2013
Summary: A real mode dial lets you choose full Manual mode, Aperture priority, Shutter priority or Program mode (which lets you program your favorite settings into your own custom mode), plus preset modes like Discreet (which shuts off all sound and lights). You can focus manually, but there's no lens ring. There's no panorama feature, either. And although there's a built-in flash, it doesn't pop up automatically -- you have to lift it. There's no hot shoe for an external flash.
Pros: 30x zoom lens, Good image quality in bright light, Full manual controls with built-in-help
Excerpt: Canon announced two new models to its popular SX-series of PowerShot digital cameras in August of 2012, one of which is the PowerShot SX500 IS. The SX500 is an affordable, sub-$300 camera with a whopping 30x optical zoom (that covers 24-720mm in 35mm terms), a 16-megapixel image sensor capable of recording HD video, a 3.0-inch LCD display, and the powerful DIGIC 4 image processor.
Summary: You get a great lens at a fair price with the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS, but colour fringing on sharp contrasts and noise in images shot at fairly conservative sensitivities disappoint. So long as you don't want to enlarge your images hugely or crop them tightly, you might overlook this and enjoy the versatility of its long zoom and ample resolution.
Cons: Image noise at conservative sensitivities; Colour fringing; Wind noise on movies.
Excerpt: Canon is a heavy hitter in the digital camera game, and its PowerShot SX500 IS bridge camera is no exception. Canon packs a powerful zoom lens into a small body that weigh less than some pocket cameras. The camera works well in even low-light situations, but you will likely be disappointed with any high-action sports shots you try to capture with this high-zoom camera.
Pros: The PowerShot's wide-angle lens offers a 30x zoom and has both manual and semi-manual controls.
Cons: This digital bridge camera only records video in 720p HD.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is one of the smallest cameras on the market to feature a massive 30x optical zoom. Despite possessing such diminutive dimensions, the compact still features full...
Excerpt: A year or so ago I was attracted by Canon’s SX30 IS, a 35X digicam. So much so that I bought one for family use. And it turned out to be ideal for the purpose, especially in shooting video at the long end! … although this was somewhat tempered by its less than Full HD 1280×720 pixel video capture. Still, it got some great movies over the hols! Then this feller turned up! Not as long a zoom. Sure! But smaller! And cheaper!
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is the World's smallest 30x optical zoom camera.
It's one of an emerging breed of compact super-zooms a lot smaller and a little simpler to operate than larger counterparts like the PowerShot SX50 IS and Panasonic FX60 / 62, but, like them, providing a huge focal length range.
The SX500 IS is fitted with the same 16 Megapixel CCD sensor and Digic 4 processor as the budget PowerShot models including the A810 and A1300.
Pros: 30x stabilised optical zoom., Compact lightweight body., Frame assist helps locate subjects at long focal lengths., Versatile Creative filters.
Cons: Very poor continuous shooting., Lens suffers from Chromatic aberration., Poor battery life., Vertical streaking on highlights in video (due to CCD)
Conclusion: The PowerShot SX500 IS an interesting alternative to all those travel compacts. It offers a useful zoom range with very effective image stabilisation, excellent low-light focusing, a good range of creative features, easy-to use controls and pleasant handling despite its small stature. Picture quality is generally good if you can ignore a few optical problems. The only real let-down is the underwhelming video mode.
Pros: Size, Zoom range, Low-light AF performance, Manual exposure