The big attraction of the Canon Powershot SX500 IS is the combination of a very powerful zoom lens and a relatively compact body. The 30x zoom lens is built to squeeze in wide scenes, such as landscapes, interiors and groups of people as well as being able to zoom in on distant subjects. This means it has the capacity to capture the majority of typical photo opportunities. This flexibility is further enhanced by a macro mode that can focus from more or less right next to your subject.
If you would like to take extra control over the way your photos look you can take advantage of the manual exposure controls. There is also a selection of features that give you access to fine tuning settings for white balance, metering, ISO and exposure compensation. You can also gain extra control through using manual focus.
Looking for something more straightforward? If the manual controls do not appeal to you, you can switch the camera into automatic mode where is will make all the key exposure decisions for you.
Other features include Image Stabilisation for both movies and still images and a 3 inch LCD screen. You can shoot High Definition Movies with stereo sounds. An iFrame movie mode is available as well.
SD, SDHC, SDXC
4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1
Focal Length Equivalent:
24 – 720mm
15 to 1/1600 seconds
f/3.4 – f/5.8
ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White Balance Settings:
Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Multi-pattern, centre weighted, spot
Portrait, FaceSelf-Timer, Low Light (4.0MP), Snow, Fireworks), Creative Filters (Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
Maximum Movie Resolution:
1280 x 720
Max Movie Frames Per Sec:
Maximum Movie Duration:
Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec
Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority
10 seconds or 2 seconds
Video Out (TV Playback)
104 x 69.5 x 80.2mm
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Canon Powershot SX500 IS Specification