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Canon IXUS 500 HS
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Canon IXUS 500 HS Digital Camera

10.1MP 12x CMOS Jan 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
The IXUS 500 HS brings a big 12x zoom to a compact, stunning metal body - getting you closer, in style. With HS System, Intelligent IS and Smart Auto, shooting great images is easy, even in low... More
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Canon Cameras Have Good Reviews

Canon compact camera digital cameras have good reviews on average and across all digital cameras Canon is one of the superior manufacturers.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Canon IXUS 500 HS supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, or the Olympus Stylus SH-50 which has better reviews.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the IXUS 500 HS, the IXUS 500 HS supports video recording.

Other cameras which support video recording currently available that you might want to consider include the Nikon Coolpix L120, the Samsung WB800F, or the Fujifilm FinePix JX500 which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon IXUS 500 HS has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the IXUS 500 HS also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40, and the GE A1455 is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Across all the cameras that are a comparable age to the IXUS 500 HS the optical zooms range from 2x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. With an optical zoom of 12 times zoom factor, the IXUS 500 HS has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

Alternative 12x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS ($235.45).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The IXUS 500 HS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon Coolpix L120, and the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The closest focusing distances of digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS range from 0.01m to 30m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.28m. At only 0.01 meters, the IXUS 500 HS has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Canon IXUS 500 HS has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Canon camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the IXUS 500 HS. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this camera.

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Has Six Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the IXUS 500 HS is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The photo effects "Negative film", "Neutral", "Sepia", "Skin tones" and "Vivid" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Quite High Maximum Playback Zoom

Compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have maximum playback zooms of between 1x and 16x, and the average maximum playback zoom is 8.9x. At 10 times zoom factor, the IXUS 500 HS has a fairly high maximum playback zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the IXUS 500 HS.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Canon IXUS 500 HS is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and Auto are also supported by this Canon camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the IXUS 500 HS is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this Canon digital camera. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

At 336 millimeters, the IXUS 500 HS has a quite long maximum focal length compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the IXUS 500 HS. Compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS have maximum focal lengths of between 13mm and 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the IXUS 500 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution across all digital cameras of this age and spec.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the IXUS 500 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the IXUS 500 HS. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Canon camera support a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the IXUS 500 HS.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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3648 X 2736 Still Image Resolution

The IXUS 500 HS has a 3648 x 2736 still image resolution which is higher than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. Most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This camera also have still image resolutions of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1200 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2112 x 2112, 2736 x 2736, 2816 x 1584, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 2112 and 3648 x 2048 and 3648 x 2432. The worst still image resolution of all cameras of this spec and age is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The Canon IXUS 500 HS has one of the higher display resolutions (461,000 pixels) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The display resolutions of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels.

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

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the IXUS 500 HS is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Canon digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras that are a similar age to the IXUS 500 HS. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Very Thin

The IXUS 500 HS is fairly thin (only 19.2 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS. The average depth of comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS is 38mm.

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Short

The IXUS 500 HS is fairly short (only 53.9 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the IXUS 500 HS the heights range from 16mm to 750mm.

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Narrow

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the IXUS 500 HS the widths range from 22mm to 470mm, and the average width is 100mm. At only 87.1 millimeters, the IXUS 500 HS is quite narrow compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS.

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13 Reasons Against

Quite Low Megapixel Count

The IXUS 500 HS has a quite low megapixel count (only 10.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the IXUS 500 HS the megapixel counts range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Samsung L210 (10.2MP and higher rated).

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS, the IXUS 500 HS does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity to this digital camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the IXUS 500 HS, the IXUS 500 HS is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99), or the Nikon Coolpix P7700 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The IXUS 500 HS does not have a GPS, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not have a GPS.

There are a number of other cameras which also have a GPS which you might also want to consider including the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the IXUS 500 HS, the IXUS 500 HS is not waterproof.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The IXUS 500 HS has a greater number of flash modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Canon camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the IXUS 500 HS is more than most compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on cameras that were launched around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Only 190 Shots Per Battery Charge

Most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago take between 30 and 889 shots per battery charge, including the IXUS 500 HS which takes 190 shots per battery charge.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The IXUS 500 HS has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago the worst image resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels and the best is 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

The Canon IXUS 500 HS has a fairly big maximum aperture (only 5.6) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. The maximum apertures of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2 to 130, and the average maximum aperture is 6.6.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the IXUS 500 HS is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The image format "EXIF" is also supported by this Canon digital camera.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of 28 millimeters, the IXUS 500 HS has one of the longer minimum focal lengths amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the IXUS 500 HS the minimum focal lengths range from 2.6mm to 290mm, and the average minimum focal length is 27mm.

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Fairly Long Flash Sync-Speed

With a flash sync-speed of 1 second, the IXUS 500 HS has one of the longer flash sync-speeds amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The average flash sync-speed of cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the IXUS 500 HS is 0.76s, and the flash sync-speeds range from 0.0005s to 10s.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Canon IXUS 500 HS

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the IXUS 500 HS has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix L120, and the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the IXUS 240 HS (3.2"), or the IXUS 510 HS (3.2") both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera was released over five years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the IXUS 500 HS has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the IXUS 500 HS.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix L120, or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS which has better reviews.

If this compact camera digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Canon IXUS 500 (4.1x) which is also higher rated.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 155 grams, the IXUS 500 HS has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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MOS Sensor Type

The IXUS 500 HS has a better sensor type than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a CCD sensor type.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, and the Samsung NX20 ($460.73) is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might be worth considering include the Nikon Coolpix L120 (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
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
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
3D Compatible
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Other Features
Weight
Interface
Operating System
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Effective Sensor Resolution
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Video Memory Capacity
Digital SLR

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