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.
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: It wasn’t so long ago that a 30x optical zoom was unheard of in a compact. Now it’s quite the norm for superzooms to have such far-reaching lenses, but the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS manages to squeeze its 24-720mm (equivalent) lens into a small body and at a cut price too. Is the SX500 IS promising too much, or is it a shrewd camera purchase?
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),