Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
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19 February 2013
Summary: 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.
Pros: Nice to find 30x zoom in such a lightweight camera, Lens moves quickly through its zoom range in still image mode, Good mix of manual and automatic shooting controls, Popup flash gives better performance than many built-in flash units, Mode dial makes it easy to pick shooting modes, Images look OK when viewed at normal sizes, SX500 is pretty easy to use, Right hand grip is just the right size for one-handed photography, Control buttons are of a comfortable size, Separ...
Cons: Camera has a cheap feel to it because of all of the lightweight plastic in the design, Images have quite a bit of noise when printed at large sizes, Shot to shot delays are very poor, especially when using the flash, Shutter lag should be better when the lens is at its widest angle setting, Burst modes are below average performers in this price range, Overall, the camera should work more quickly, Not enough of a "stop" between optical zoom and digital zoom settings, N...
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!
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 manual control and a host of other features that look to assert it as a serious shooter. The question is, has anything been compromised in cramming such a large feature-set in to a small body?
Pros: Compact design despite large zoom, full manual control, good image quality
Cons: Body doesn’t feel particularly solid, no viewfinder, would be nice to feature Raw capture
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)
Excerpt: This compact camera with a 16 megapixel sensor is fitted with a 30X optical zoom and the boast of a 60X zoom when moved into the digital enlargement zone. In 35mm film terms this is a 24–720mm optical range. The lens is image stabilised, which it needs to be. The only viewfinder is the LCD, which means holding the camera at arm’s length and trying not to shake. There is user control over exposure mode and the usual Canon Function selector.
Excerpt: The design of the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS will instantly put some people off. Those looking for something pocketable or - at the opposite end of the spectrum - those wanting something big and chunky won't like it. The camera seems to be able to take the rough shape of a cube while not being very big. It's certainly not a camera for the pocket. The 30x optical zoom lens has seen to that.
Conclusion: On paper the PowerShot SX500 IS sounds very promising. It’s well priced and has that significant 24-720mm equivalent lens with excellent image stabilisation technology too. Design and operation meet the mark for sure, but the lens and image quality fall short, particularly for a camera such as this.
Pros: Big zoom, small body, decent image stabilisation, good close-up performance (at wide-angle), full manual controls, reasonable price for the feature set
Cons: Image quality not up there with other Canon compacts, lens has issues with purple and green fringes (chromatic aberrations),
Excerpt: The Canon Powershot SX500 IS is Canon's latest ultra zoom bridge camera, yet it is a much smaller camera than other ultra zooms from Canon, and features a wide-angle 30x optical zoom lens equivalent to 24-720mm in 35mm terms. A 16 megapixel sensor, intelligent image stabilisation and creative effects as well as full manual controls should help get high quality shots. Find out how it performs in our review.
Pros: Compact size, Good colour, Manual controls, Easy to use with built in help, Excellent macro performance, Side zoom button for recomposing shots when zoomed in
Cons: High noise, Lacks panoramic mode, ZoomPlus 60x zoom is just another marketing name for digital zoom