Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
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Value for money 2
Overall quality 2
Wish I had my money back
13 October 2013
Conclusion: Every time I have used this camera for one single occasion (no more than a couple of hours each time), I have had to recharge the battery. Fortunately (?) the guy at store recommended that I get a second battery. Since one battery is always charged, that helps. I do not like that the lens doesn't close up (prone to scratches); I do not like the short battery life; it does not indicate on the screen which setting I'm using; it does not fit in my purse.
Cons: Missing features/settings, Difficult to use, Short battery life, Heavy/Bulky, Complicated controls/menu
Summary: Takes great pictures....if the subject is standing completely still. I took this to a concert and it was really tough to get a good still shot. It took great looking video, but the audio sounds terrible. On the plus side, the zoom feature works nicely.
Very disappointed - slow shutter, not for action shots
shamin miller, Amazon
6 May 2013
Summary: I am extremely disappointed in this camera. It advertises its great for action shots. I bought it to take pictures of my daughter playing softball. The shutter is EXTREMELY slow and where as it does catch some decent shots - you get on one shot per series so you have to try and push the shutter button just right. Great for stills but not the camera for capturing pictures of moving kids and their sports.
Conclusion: I have been a long and loyal user of Canons starting with some point and shoots, thru my 30D which I use to shoot weddings etc. I was looking for something small and quick that I could carry and use quickly. After trying this for a month, I gave up and returned it to Office Depot. It was hard to get clear pics unless the lighting was perfect and nothing moves. That's not how it is with kids and dogs. The transfer time to the card is painful.
Cons: Poor image quality, Poor Low-Light Performance, Difficult to use
Summary: I am disappointed with this camera for a number of reasons. Many of them have been mentioned by others who have rated the camera. The first problem is that the screen has striations/snow in it that make the picture appear to be "fuzzy" . At first I thought it was because this was a less expensive camera however I saw the same camera at Costco and the screen was perfectly clear with no fuzziness. By the time I discovered this was a problem my return time had passed.
Conclusion: I so wanted to like this camera but my heart is crushed. I needed to replace an old Canon Powershot model that I love, but somehow it doesn't turn on if the batteries are not fully charged, so it's unreliable. I also have a Canon G1X that I love, but I needed another camera for macro and zoom options. The 30x zoom, macro capabilities and the 16MP sold me. I mostly use my cameras in manual mode, to control the settings.
Pros: Nice features/settings, Lightweight/Portable, Simple controls/menu, easy to use
Cons: Poor image quality, Poor Low-Light Performance, Short battery life
Summary: This camera takes fabulous photos as they showed us on air. However, you have to download and read every single page of the user guide for YOU to be able to take those wonderful photos. The case you are sent is a joke. Canon support is not that supportive. However, once you work through all the pages of the user guide, you will be able to take some great photos.
Summary: I purchased this camera to replace an aging Kodak. The price and the style of camera were what drew me to this camera. My old 5mp camera (built like this camera) was showing it's age by being slow to focus in auto and sometimes not flashing when required. I suspect the electronic controls in my Kodak are starting to fail. All of the Reviews I read said the 16mp Cannon Powershot SX500is would take great pictures and it came with a 30X zoom.