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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Review

26 April 2013
  • Excerpt: My Canon PowerShot SX500 IS review finds that this ultra zoom camera is an adequate model with some nice features, but that also has quite a few performance drawbacks.
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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Steve's Digicams
19 February 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 7

Canon's PowerShot SX500 IS is good, but not without sacrifices

31 January 2013
  • Summary: It has its limitations, but the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is a good choice for zoom addicts on a budget.
  • Pros: The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS holds an ultrawide-angle 30x zoom lens in a very small, very light body. It offers more shooting options -- including semimanual and manual controls -- than most in its class, and has very good optical image stabilization.
  • Cons: Despite autofocus improvements, the SX500 IS' shooting performance might still be too slow for action shots, especially indoors. It's not a great choice for handheld low-light shots.
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Overall 8

Expert Review

21 November 2012
  • 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.
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Value for money 9
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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS review

What Digital Camera
11 October 2012
  • 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...
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Overall 6

Canon Powershot SX500 IS Review

Digital Photography School
9 October 2012
  • 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!
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Overall 9

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Camera Labs
26 September 2012
  • 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)
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Overall 8

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Trusted Reviews
19 March 2013
  • Summary: The SX500 packs a powerful 30x optical zoom into a small, compact body but lacks Full HD movie capture.
  • Pros: Compact design despite large zoom, Full manual controls, Good image quality
  • Cons: Body doesn’t feel particularly solid, No electronic viewfinder, No Raw capture
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Canon Powershot SX500 IS Compact Camera – 51

D-Photo and The Photographer's Mail
29 November 2012
  • Conclusion: The camera successfully pushes the boundary with its small, light body and a very long zoom range while capturing sharp 16-megapixel images and HD movies at a very competitive price
  • Pros: Image stabilization works well, Good autofocus, Light, with long zoom range
  • Cons: Reflective LCD screen, Flash lid not fluid to lift, Adjustment dial can activate unwanted options
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Expert Review

20 November 2012
  • Conclusion: If you're new to photography, you want something a bit better than the cheapest models and you want to learn the art, then the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS will give you the features, modes and zoom you need if you are willing to pay the price.
  • Pros: Compact design despite of large zoom, full manual control and good image quality.
  • Cons: Body doesn?t feel sturdy.
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