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Canon IXUS 500 Digital Camera

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5MP 3x CCD 1/1.8" Feb 2013
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29 Reasons For

Eleven Industry Awards

Amongst compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, this compact camera digital camera is one of the most awarded by experts in cameras.

The writers at What Digital Camera, Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Digitaltrends.com and Akam.no all decided that concluded that they would recommend this camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The reviewers at four additional expert review sites all thought that this compact camera digital camera was excellent and gave it their highest award. Trusted Reviews, Photoreview.com.au, Digicam Buyer.co.uk and Log.com.tr all gave this camera an "Editor's Choice" award.

An other two expert review sites thought that this digital camera was good. This compact camera digital camera received a Camera Labs "Highly Recommended" award and it received a "Platinum" award from Buy-n-shoot.com who thought it was terrific.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Fifty experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine have rated this compact camera digital camera on average 77%.

Owner Reviews Are Good

People who bought this digital camera rated this camera 88 out of 100 on average.

Good Quality Pictures

A few Canon IXUS 500 owners agreed that the product was able to produce good images. Cnet.com said “The Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS is a good choice for those already happy with their smartphone's photos and movie clips.”. Pcworld.in gave it a score of 77 out of 100 and mentioned in their Canon IXUS 500 review “It boasts of superior night photography capabilities and Canon has also em”. Expert website Ld2.ciol.com wrote “The ability to click good images even in low light conditions” in their review of this digital camera.

Four Canon IXUS 500 reviewers who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Cnet.com mentioned on expert website CNET.com “Digital camera, 5,000,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5 in - Color, 32 MB - CompactFlash Card” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Techworld.com wrote “Thanks to its standout image quality, versatile shooting features, well-done UI”. Expert website Cameralabs.com scored it 4 stars and said “Sensor with 10.1 effective Megapixels”.

Some Canon IXUS 500 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Expert website Whatdigitalcamera.com rated the Canon IXUS 500 4 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The latest high-end model in Canon's IXUS series - the IXUS 500HS - features a 10MP CMOS sensor complete with Canon's HS system”. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of the Canon IXUS 500 “A 3.2 inch touchscreen LCD, 12 megapixel back-illuminated sensor, fast f/2.0, wide-angle 4.4x lens” . Expert website Cnet.com.au wrote “Canon has released in the past with the HS tag, which simply denotes the camera has a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor and the Digic 4 image processor” and scored the Canon IXUS 500 80 out of 100.

One customer said that this digital camera was good in low light. One Canon IXUS 500 owner who bought it thought it had a good ISO range. Techmagnifier.com said “Excellent ISO speed 1003200” in their Canon IXUS 500 review.

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Good Quality Lens

A few Canon IXUS 500 reviewers said in their reviews that the Canon IXUS 500 had a good lens. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote “Even with the lens fully extended it doesn't get any bigger than an ultracom” in their Canon IXUS 500 review. Five years ago Ephotozine.com gave it a score of 4 stars and mentioned “The Canon Digital IXUS 310 HS was released in February 2011 as part of Canon's range of premium compact cameras with a lens designed for taking great shots in low-light situations”. In the same month Asia.cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The 310 HS has a similar lens with a bright F2.0 maximum aperture”.

A number of Canon IXUS 500 reviewers said in their reviews that the Canon IXUS 500 had a good zoom. Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on CNET.com “Looking for a cute little camera with a long zoom and faster performance” but even so they gave it a score of 3 stars. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Ephotozine “It has a 12x optical zoom lens packed into its incredibly tiny body”. Expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of the Canon IXUS 500 four years ago “The new Canon IXUS 500 HS adds a long zoom lens to the style-conscious IXUS range of compact cameras” .

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Easy to Use

Some customers who reviewed the product mentioned that it was easy to use. Expert review site Digitalcamerainfo.com mentioned in their review “If you’re a lover of touchscreen control and fun extras” . Expert website T3.com said “Easy to use” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 80 out of 100. Expert website Digicambuyer.co.uk said five years ago “It’s one that feels well-made and is a joy to use” in their review of the Canon IXUS 500.

One Canon IXUS 500 reviewer who reviewed the Canon IXUS 500 concluded that it had a good experience. Expert website Pcworld.in wrote “Opted for a full touchscreen experience with the IXUS 310 HS” in their Canon IXUS 500 review. One person concluded that it was easy to handle. Techmagnifier.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Buttons packed together, handling could be improved”.

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Good Technical Features

Several Canon IXUS 500 reviewers who reviewed the Canon IXUS 500 considered that it had good features. Cnet.com wrote in their review on expert website CNET.com “Though the S500 is a respectable pocket snapshot camera, its performance and its feature set make it seem creaky next to the competition.”. Pcmag.com mentioned on PC Mag five years ago “This powerhouse pocket camera features a bright, wide lens”. Expert website Digitalcamerainfo.com wrote in the same month “The Canon 500 HS is a well-designed touchscreen camera that crams a lot of fun, creative features into an attractive, compact camera”.

Nice Design

Some Canon IXUS 500 owners who reviewed the product thought it was good looking. Five years ago expert website Asia.cnet.com said “The Canon Ixus 310 HS is the more stylish version of the PowerShot S95 enthusiast compact”. Expert review site Techradar.com wrote four years ago “With an almost glacial, cough sweet-inspired sheen to the maroon camera we tested - blue, black or silver being the alternatives - the 10.1 megapixel Canon IXUS 500 HS is deeply fashionable”. Cnet.com.au said in their review of this digital camera on CNET.com.au “The Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS is the more stylish Elph version of the PowerShot S95 enthusiast compact” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

A number of Canon IXUS 500 owners said in their reviews that the product was a good design. Cnet.com wrote “Attractive and functional design; pleasing photos” in their review of the Canon IXUS 500. Expert website Digitalcamerainfo.com wrote in their review “The Canon PowerShot S500, with its compact yet solid design, is poised to perform” . Trustedreviews.com mentioned in their review of the Canon IXUS 500 on Trusted Reviews four years ago “The IXUS 500 HS is a compact that continues the IXUS range's tradition of combining striking design with a strong specification”.

One Canon IXUS 500 owner considered that it was neat. Cnet.com said on CNET.com four years ago “It's a small, attractive box with a 12x zoom neatly tucked inside” in their review of this digital camera but they gave the Canon IXUS 500 a score of 3 stars.

One Canon IXUS 500 reviewer mentioned that it was luxurious. One person who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was smooth. Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “It wants to capture a style-conscious market with its smooth curves a” in their review.

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Good Size

A few Canon IXUS 500 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was compact. Pcmag.com wrote in their review “At the top end of Canon's wildly popular Elph compact digital camera line, sits the 12.1-megapixel Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS” and scored it 4 stars. Pcmag.com also mentioned “The top-of-the-line touch-screen Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS is an excellent compact camera with an impressive spec sheet”. Pcmag.com also wrote “The Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS packs a 12x zoom lens into a very compact body that's sure to turn heads.”.

Some Canon IXUS 500 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera said that it was thin. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com wrote “The Canon Elph 520 HS is a slim, sleek and powerful little camera” in their review of the Canon IXUS 500. Pcadvisor.co.uk said on PC Advisor.co.uk “I would suggest the Canon IXUS 220 HS instead, because of its slim form factor” in their Canon IXUS 500 review. Expertreviews.co.uk gave the Canon IXUS 500 a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote on Expert Reviews “The slim, sumptuous design”.

Several customers said in their reviews that the product was a good body shape. Expert website Letsgodigital.org wrote “Thereby guarantees high image quality and a sleek, stainless steel body” in their review. Digicambuyer.co.uk scored it very highly and wrote “Its classy stainless steel body has a mix of curves”.

One Canon IXUS 500 owner who purchased it reckoned that it was thick. Cnet.co.uk rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote on CNET.co.uk five years ago “The camera's high price may prevent it from attaining a broad appeal, though”.

One Canon IXUS 500 owner who reviewed it thought it was easy to carry around. Expert website Cameras.co.uk gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars and wrote in their Canon IXUS 500 review eleven years ago “Likely to appeal to anyone looking for a digital camera that looks good, is easy to carry around and takes a decent shot”.

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Good Product Quality

Several Canon IXUS 500 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was good quality. Pcmag.com mentioned five years ago “Excellent image quality, putting i” and scored this digital camera 4 stars. Whatdigitalcamera.com gave it a score of 4 stars and said “Solid camera with a reliable standard of image quality should find little to disappoint with the Canon IXUS 310 HS”. Pcworld.in wrote “Coupled with superior image quality it can put any digital camera to shame.”.

Robust

Some people who reviewed the Canon IXUS 500 agreed that it was well made. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk wrote in their Canon IXUS 500 review “The camera appears to be well made w” . Cameras.co.uk also wrote “The IXUS 310 HS scores very highly for picture quality, build quality and ease of use when it comes to touch control”. Techmagnifier.com wrote in their review “Great design, topnotch build and materials” however despite that they only rated it 3 stars.

One Canon IXUS 500 owner who bought the product considered that it was reliable. Thestar.com.my mentioned “By JENNIFER NG Looking for a compact ­digital camera that's fuss-free and reliable? Canon recently unveiled three new models for its Ixus range” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several people who bought it said that it had a good screen. Photographyblog.com gave it a score of 4 stars and wrote in their Canon IXUS 500 review on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Canon IXUS 500 HS boasts a wide-angle 12x zoom, 10 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3 inch LCD screen and full 1080p HD movi”. Expert review site Cnet.com.au said in their review “This is Canon's best touchscreen camera yet, sporting a massive screen and plenty of features like HD video” and rated it 4 stars. Five years ago expert website Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Canon 500 HS combines a stylish touch screen with some serious hardware including an f/2 lens”.

Canon Has Good Camera Reviews

Compact camera digital cameras manufactured by Canon have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just compact camera digital cameras) and found that Canon also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Video Capture

Some people who reviewed this digital camera said that it was good for video recording. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine four years ago “There is also a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and full 1080p HD video recording” in their review of the Canon IXUS 500. Ephotozine.com also wrote “There is also full 1080p HD video rec”.

Good Support

Some Canon IXUS 500 owners reckoned that the Canon IXUS 500 had good technical guidance. Techradar.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Techradar “Buying guide Best compact camera 2012”. Imaging-Resource.com wrote on expert review site Imaging Resource.com “Although it doesn't have all of the options of an enthusiast-grade digicam (it's missing full Manual) or even an entry-level DSLR” in their Canon IXUS 500 review. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ mentioned in their review of the Canon IXUS 500 “Buying Guide Best Canon IXUS came” but in spite of that they gave the product a score of 3 stars.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras of this age and spec. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The IXUS 500 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the IXUS 500 also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P310 ($499.00).

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1/1.8"" Optical Sensor Size

The IXUS 500 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/1.8"". That's 29% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". 7.18 x 5.32mm. The optical sensor size of all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the IXUS 500 ranges from 1/4"" to 4/3"".

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon IXUS 500 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the IXUS 500 is more than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on cameras of a similar age and spec to the IXUS 500. The photo effects "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Quite High Maximum Playback Zoom

With a maximum playback zoom of 10 times zoom factor, the IXUS 500 has one of the higher maximum playback zooms amongst digital cameras of this age. The average maximum playback zoom of digital cameras of this age and spec is 8.9x.

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Supports Five ISO Speeds

The IXUS 500 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Canon digital camera. The ISO speeds 50, 100, 200, 400 and Auto are also supported by this Canon camera.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The IXUS 500 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF, DPOF 1.1 and Exif 2.2 are also supported by this digital camera.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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TFT Display

The Canon IXUS 500 has a better display than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the IXUS 500 the worst display is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

Across all the cameras of this age and type the minimum apertures range from 1.3 to 6.9. The Canon IXUS 500 has one of the smaller minimum apertures (only 2.8) amongst cameras of this age.

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Narrow

The narrowest camera of this age and type is 22mm wide, the widest is 470mm, and the average width is 100mm. At only 87 millimeters, the Canon IXUS 500 is quite narrow compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the IXUS 500.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

The minimum ISO speed of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the IXUS 500 range from 10 to 800, and the average minimum ISO speed is 96. With a minimum ISO speed of only 50, the IXUS 500 has one of the smallest minimum ISO speed amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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26 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

Six customers who bought this digital camera considered that it did not have a good battery life. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote in their review four years ago “The tiny controls, poor battery life, so-so image quality at high ISO speeds” . Expert review site Cnet.com.au mentioned “It's not perfect, with a short battery life and only average shooting performance.” in their review but in spite of that they rated it 4 stars. Digitalversus.com said on expert review site Digital Versus four years ago “It also happens to perform well in pretty much any situation, so long as you can handle the slightly disappointing battery life and you don't plan on printing large-sized pictures” but even so they gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Canon IXUS 500 reviewer thought this digital camera was not noisy. Expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “This pretty camera is hampered by a tiny sensor that produces noisy images at middle to high ISO settings” in their review of the Canon IXUS 500 and scored the product 3 stars.

Quite Small Screen Size

The IXUS 500 has one of the smallest screen sizes (only 1.5 inches) amongst digital cameras of this age. The screen sizes of compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 1" to 4.8", and the average screen size is 2.8".

If you want a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix 8800 (1.8") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 5 megapixels, the IXUS 500 has a fairly low megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the IXUS 500. The megapixel counts of compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the IXUS 500 range from 0.3MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix 8800 (8MP), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 ($369.95) (10.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The IXUS 500 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago do have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have an image stabiliser that you might want to consider including the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, or the Nikon Coolpix P310 ($499.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of cameras of this age and type range from 2x to 50x. When compared to other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the IXUS 500 that we have assessed the optical zoom of, the IXUS 500's optical zoom of only 3 times zoom factor is one of the smallest.

If this digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-RX100 ($397.99) (3.6x), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 ($369.95) (3.8x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The IXUS 500 does not support video recording. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the IXUS 500 do support video recording.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The IXUS 500 does not support Full HD video, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the IXUS 500 also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Sony DSC-RX1R ($2,584.99), or the Nikon Coolpix P310 ($499.00) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The IXUS 500 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the IXUS 500 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon IXUS 500 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the IXUS 500 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95).

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a GPS. The IXUS 500 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

Alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to consider include the PowerShot SX230 HS, or the PowerShot SX260 HS both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon IXUS 500 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the IXUS 500 are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Maximum ISO Speed

When compared to other digital cameras of this age and spec that we have assessed the maximum ISO speed of, the IXUS 500's maximum ISO speed of only 400 is one of the lowest. Compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the IXUS 500 have maximum ISO speeds of between 3 and 52,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Digital cameras of this spec and age have display resolutions of between 230 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels. The IXUS 500 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 118,000 pixels) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The IXUS 500 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the IXUS 500. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Canon camera.

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Quite Small Combined Zoom

The average combined zoom of cameras of this age and spec is 50x, and the combined zoom range from 3x to 1,600x. The IXUS 500 has a fairly small combined zoom (only 12 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the IXUS 500.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The IXUS 500 has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. In addition, this Canon digital camera have a still image resolution of 2048 x 1536 and 2592 x 1944. The still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the IXUS 500 ranges from 640 x 360 to 5152 x 3864.

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Only 2592 X 1944 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The IXUS 500 has a 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

A 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the worst image resolution across all comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the IXUS 500.

The best image resolution across comparable types of camera is 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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Only 320 X 240 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the IXUS 500 is 320 x 240 pixels. That's 75% less video resolution than the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Canon digital camera).

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is in fact the worst supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar age and type to the IXUS 500.

The best supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The Canon IXUS 500 has a greater number of shooting modes than most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on digital cameras of this age and type. The shooting modes "Manual" and "Movie" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

The Canon IXUS 500 has one of the bigger maximum apertures (only 4.9) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. Digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the IXUS 500 have maximum apertures of between 2 and 130, and the average maximum aperture is 6.6.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

At only 108 millimeters, the Canon IXUS 500 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the IXUS 500. The maximum focal lengths of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 13mm to 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The IXUS 500 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution. The worst video resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the IXUS 500 is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Two Aspheric Elements

The IXUS 500 is a two aspheric element camera. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the IXUS 500 have between 1 and 14 aspheric elements.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The IXUS 500 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Canon camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the IXUS 500. The image format "EXIF" is also supported by this camera.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of 36 millimeters, the IXUS 500 has a very long minimum focal length compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the IXUS 500. The shortest minimum focal length of digital cameras of this age and spec is 2.6mm and the longest is 290mm.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon IXUS 500

Released Over Three Years Ago

Canon released the IXUS 500 over three years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4.1 times zoom factor, the IXUS 500 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-WX200 (40x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 185 grams, the IXUS 500 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Alternative cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 (175g).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Camera File System
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Other Features

5 Awards

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1080p move recording at 24fps
MOV format
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The IXUS 500 HS is a compact that continues the IXUS range's tradition of combining striking design with a strong specification. The compact features a 10.1MP, 1/2.3in CMOS sensor and 12x optical... Read more…

10 April 2012

The Canon Ixus 500 HS is a very compact 12X-optical-zoom camera designed for casual shooters. It doesn't perform at the level we're used to seeing in Canon's cameras, and its MicroSD slot and lack...

10 April 2012

If you can manage to steady the camera enough to achieve consistently sharp results at full zoom then this proves rather more of a selling point, as does the fact that the optical zoom range can...

10 April 2012

If an optimum marriage of value for money and picture quality is your chief consideration when buying a camera - and it certainly should be right up there - then look elsewhere, since there are...

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