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Canon 500 Digital Camera

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23 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The reviewers at two expert review sites endorsed this digital camera. This Canon camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from Trusted Reviews and the editor of Buyerslab.com thought that it was environmentally friendly and gave it an "Energy Efficiency" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, T3.com and Digital Versus this compact camera digital camera has an average expert rating of 75 out of 100.

Good Size

Several Canon 500 owners who bought it concluded that it was compact. Cnet.com wrote in their review of the Canon 500 on expert review site CNET.com “Excellent ergonomics; high-resolution LCD; compact size; video light” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars. Expert website Digitalcamerainfo.com said in their review of the Canon 500 twelve years ago “The Canon PowerShot S500, with its compact yet solid design, is poised to perform” . Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert review site Digital Versus five years ago “The recent Canon PowerShot S100 expert compact shares its name with the American version of the Digital Ixus”.

One Canon 500 reviewer reckoned that it was easy to carry around. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk said in their Canon 500 review “Likely to appeal to anyone looking for a digital camera that looks good, is easy to carry around and takes a decent shot” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars.

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Nice Design

Several people thought the Canon 500 was a good design. Thirteen years ago Cnet.com said in their review on expert website CNET.com “Attractive and functional design; pleasing photos” yet they only scored the product 62 out of 100. Techmagnifier.com said “Great design, topnotch build and materials” in their review of the Canon 500.

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was ergonomic.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was good looking. Hardwarezone.com.sg mentioned “Looking for a compact digital camera? The stylish Canon DIGITAL IXUS 500 is not a just a pretty-looking compact, as it also packed a five-MegaPixel imager” in their review of this digital camera.

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Easy to Use

Some Canon 500 reviewers who bought the Canon 500 agreed that it was easy to use. Expert website T3.com gave the product a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “Easy to use”. One person who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to handle. Techmagnifier.com mentioned five years ago “Buttons packed together, handling could be improved”.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Canon 500 owners who bought the product mentioned that it was able to produce good images. Expert website T3.com wrote “Great 5-megapixel images” and scored it 4 stars. One Canon 500 owner who purchased it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Cnet.com said “Digital camera, 5,000,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5 in - Color, 32 MB - CompactFlash Card”.

One person wrote that the product had a good ISO range. Techmagnifier.com mentioned in their review “Excellent ISO speed 1003200”.

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Environmentally Friendly

Buyerslab.com highlighted in their review that this digital camera was ecologically sound.

Canon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 19,820 expert and user reviews for Canon digital cameras and found that on average Canon has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has good ratings specifically for its compact cameras.

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Robust

Several Canon 500 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was well made.

Good Product Quality

Some customers who reviewed the Canon 500 mentioned that it was good quality. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk wrote “All round good quality digital camera” in their review. Techmagnifier.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Lens gives consistent quality at all focal lengths” .

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person who reviewed the Canon 500 reckoned that it had a good screen.

Good Video Capture

One Canon 500 reviewer who purchased the product concluded that it was good for video recording.

Good Quality Lens

One person who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had a good lens.

Good Technical Features

One person who bought it considered that it had good features. Expert website Cnet.com said in their Canon 500 review “Though the S500 is a respectable pocket snapshot camera, its performance and its feature set make it seem creaky next to the competition.” however they only gave it a score of 62 out of 100.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. 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.

Other cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available which you might also want to look at include the Olympus VR-340[plb_1686246_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon 500 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the Samsung SAMSUNG WB150F[plb_1682907_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon 500 is more than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the 500. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Canon 500 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on cameras that are a similar age to the 500. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At 15 seconds, the Canon 500 has a quite long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. Similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 500 have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 0.12s and 250s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 14s.

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TFT Display

The Canon 500 has a TFT display which is better than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. Most similar spec digital cameras that came out 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. The display of all cameras of a comparable type and age to the 500 ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the 500 range from 1.3 to 6.9. The Canon 500 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers (only 2.8) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 50, the Canon 500's ISO sensitivity (min) is one of the smallest amongst similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the 500. Cameras that were released more than two years ago have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 10 and 200.

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24 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

Several Canon 500 reviewers mentioned that the product did not have a good battery life. Twelve years ago Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “Short battery life; poor microphone placement; grainy still photos” in their review of the Canon 500. Five years ago expert website Digitalversus.com wrote “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” in their review of this digital camera although they still gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100. Also five years ago Techmagnifier.com mentioned “Unimpressive battery life” and gave the product a rating of 3 stars.

Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 1.5 inches, the Canon 500's display diagonal is one of the smallest amongst digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the 500. The average display diagonal of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2.8", and the display diagonals range from 1" to 4.8".

If this compact camera digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price] (1.8"), or the Canon 145[plb_2166060_price] (2.7") which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Megapixel

The average megapixel of digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is 14MP. The Canon 500 has a fairly low megapixel (only 5 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price] (8MP and higher rated).

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The Canon 500 has one of the smallest optical zooms (only 3 times zoom factor) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. Cameras that came out more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 3x and 63x.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price] (3.3x and higher rated), or the Panasonic DMC-LX7[plb_2071996_price] (3.8x and higher rated).

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Canon 500 does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the 500 which have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price].

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Canon 500 does not support video capability. Most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not support video capability.

Other digital cameras which also support video capability that you might also want to consider include the X10[pl_1150_price], or the FinePix JX500[pl_1672380_price] both from Fujifilm which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Canon 500 does not support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 500 do not support wi-Fi. The Canon 500 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of other cameras which also support wi-Fi which you might want to consider including the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR[plb_394895_price], or the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price].

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Not 3D

Most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the 500 are not 3D. The Canon 500 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60[plb_2384424_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P310[plb_2119209_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Canon 500 does not have a GPS (satellite), although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not have a GPS (satellite).

Other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to look at include the Panasonic DMC-FT4[plb_1353102_price], or the Canon S110[plb_1462073_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras that are a comparable age to the 500 are not waterproof. The Canon 500 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Quite Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the 500 the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 3 to 26,000. When compared to other cameras of this age and type, the Canon 500's ISO sensitivity (max) of only 400 is one of the lowest.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the 500 the combined zooms range from 3x to 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x. The Canon 500 has one of the smaller combined zooms (only 12 times zoom factor) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 118,000 pixels, the Canon 500 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The average display resolution (numeric) of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 450,000 pixels, and the display resolution (numeric)s range from 230 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

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

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Only 2592 X 1944 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Canon 500 has a 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras of this age and spec. Most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

This digital camera's image resolution (2592 x 1944 pixels) is actually the worst image resolution amongst all digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

The best image resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The Canon 500 has a greater number of shooting modes than most compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Canon digital camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the 500. The shooting modess "Manual" and "Movie" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of cameras of this type and age is 1.8 and the smallest is 87. At only 4.9, the Canon 500 has a quite big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the 500.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Canon 500 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 108 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the 500. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 250mm.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Canon 500 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the 500 the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Only Two Number of Aspheric Elementss

Most compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the 500 have between 1 and 14 number of aspheric elementss, including the Canon 500 which has two number of aspheric elementss.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Canon 500 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Canon digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by cameras of this type and age. The image formats supported "EXIF" is also supported by this camera.

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Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of 0.05 meters, the Canon 500 has one of the larger closest focusing distances amongst cameras of this age. The average closest focusing distance of cameras of this type and age is 0.039m, and the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.2m.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 500 have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 5mm and 39mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. The Canon 500 has a very long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (36 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon 500

Released Over Four Years Ago

This compact camera digital camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Digital Zoom

The Canon 500 has a pretty standard digital zoom (4.1 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to the 500.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] (5x and higher rated), or the WB250F[pl_1585457_price] (5x and higher rated) both from Samsung.

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Average Weight

The Canon 500 has a pretty average weight (185 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the 500.

We compared all the other 185g digital cameras to this camera and we think the Canon 310 HS[plb_651755_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

12 Awards

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon zoom4, canon zoom4x, canon elph500, canon 5128b001, canon elph500h, canon elph500hs, canon elph500hss, canon elph500hsp, canon elph500hsb, canon elph500hssl, canon elph500hspk, canon elph500hsbr
Barcodes 00013803133783, 00013803133806, 00013803133813, 00013803204155, 00845251079760, 08714574610665
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