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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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We've given the SX500 IS a grade of B.
This product is ranked
16th of 24 in $0 - $100
30th of 36 in Extended Zoom Digital Cameras
50th of 59 in Canon Digital Cameras
127th of 155 in 14-16 Megapixels Digital Cameras

Editor's Review

The SX500 IS comes in somewhere between the just-announced SX160 IS and the high-end SX40 HS, combining the price-cutting features found on the former with the zoom range on the latter. The 30x extended zoom is built into an impressively small body that doesn't appear to sacrifice ergonomics. While the SX500 IS does use a 16 megapixel CCD sensor that isn't likely to offer fantastic low-light performance, Canon is boasting over 30% reductions in both shutter lag and focus lock over the more expensive SX40 HS. Also of interest is the new Zoom Framing Assist feature, which quickly zooms the lens out and then back in again to help you find your subject at longer focal lengths. The initial asking price of $329 sets the camera firmly in competition with Canon's own SX260 HS, however, which offers better image quality in a smaller (albeit with less zoom range) package.

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Specifications

  • 16 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 30x optical zoom with 24mm wide-angle
  • 720p HD video
  • 3-inch LCD with 461,000 dots
  • Manual modes
  • New Zoom Framing Assist feature
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: Sep 07, 2012

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Reviews

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

Canon digital cameras are well renowned for their high quality optics, reliability and convenience of use. Canon has gained a reputation for manufacturing some of the finest digital cameras and digital SLRs that you can buy, and is one of the leading manufacturers of digital cameras in today's world. Canon cameras are surely on the camera wish list of anyone that desires a top quality camera. So when one looks at the PC Magazine's winners for the Reader's Choice Award for Service and Reliability, it should be no surprise that the top spot is often occupied by Canon. It also should be no surprise then that their cameras are reviewed very highly on a consistent basis.

While Canon is not traditionally a brand that's cheap, Canon digital cameras have earned the status of best buy. This should show you that you receive great value for the extra money. In the recent past, Canon begun making a few models that are more inexpensive, without sacrificing quality. One such camera is the Canon PowerShot A1200. Unlike many other models at this low price point, the A1200 has a small optical viewfinder that makes it easier to shoot outdoors as well as AA batteries.

Other Canon digital cameras have earned high marks across the board as well, including the least expensive Powershot A series, the SD or ELPH series compact point-and-shoots, and the Rebel consumer dSLRs such as the T4i. Durability, ease of use, and high picture quality are things you can rely on when you buy a Canon camera. The Canon enthusiast compacts you will find in the S and G series cameras are among the finest Canon digital cameras you can buy. These cameras have overwhelmed the advanced digital camera market for quite some time, being great for anyone who is in need of something pocketable, regardless of their level of experience. For instance, the Canon PowerShot G15 has an LCD screen that swivels, and a 12 megapixel sensor. It's also perfect for low light photography due to its very fast lens.

GPS and WiFi are features that Canon has been adding to its mid and high-end models recently to keep their cameras specifications right on the cutting edge. Although this separates them more clearly from models on the lower end of the spectrum, this also means that these cameras are more expensive. With so many features you can find and so many models available, it's always in your best interest to do your research and read Canon digital camera reviews and ratings. Experts recommend reading reviews from users like you to find out if a specific model is right for you.

You can find informative and unbiased recommendations and reviews to help you find the right camera at Digital Camera HQ. We're not an actual store, we're just here to help you find the perfect camera at the best price price possible by using our camera grades. Let us know if you have any problems or questions, we're happy to help.
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