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Canon ELPH 500 HS Digital Camera

12.1MP 4.4x CMOS Apr 2011
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Simply Touch And Go!Experience an even more intuitive touch panel technology with the PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera. Do almost everything right on the LCD - like choosing an AF point, set... More
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Ten Industry Awards

Amongst digital cameras of a similar age and spec, this camera is one of the most highly awarded.

This compact camera digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by What Digital Camera, Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Digitaltrends.com and Akam.no all of whom concluded that this camera was good.

This Canon digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" from Photoreview.com.au, Digicam Buyer.co.uk and Log.com.tr all of whom thought that this compact camera digital camera was fantastic.

The editors of two more expert review sites both endorsed this compact camera digital camera. The editor of Camera Labs conluded that they would definitely endorse this camera and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award and the reviewer at Buy-n-shoot.com gave it a "Platinum" award and concluded it was outstanding.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on fourty-six expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine this compact camera digital camera has an average expert rating of 77%.

Good Owner Reviews

Based on 11 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camera is 89 out of 100.

Good Quality Lens

A few Canon ELPH 500 HS owners who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good lens. Cnet.com wrote on CNET.com “Even with the lens fully extended it doesn't get any bigger than an ultracom” in their review of the Canon ELPH 500 HS. Expert review site Asia.cnet.com rated the product 4 stars and mentioned six years ago “The 310 HS has a similar lens with a bright F2.0 maximum aperture”. Also six years ago expert review site Digitalversus.com wrote in their Canon ELPH 500 HS review “It's an improvement on both models thanks to its nice new lens” and rated the Canon ELPH 500 HS 80 out of 100.

Several Canon ELPH 500 HS owners who bought it thought it had a good zoom. Expert website Cnet.com wrote five years ago “Looking for a cute little camera with a long zoom and faster performance” in their review. Ephotozine.com said in their review on Ephotozine “It has a 12x optical zoom lens packed into its incredibly tiny body”. Five years ago Photographyblog.com rated it 4 stars and mentioned on PhotographyBlog.com “The new Canon IXUS 500 HS adds a long zoom lens to the style-conscious IXUS range of compact cameras” in their review.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few people concluded that it was able to produce good images. Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “The Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS is a good choice for those already happy with their smartphone's photos and movie clips.”. Six years ago expert review site Pcworld.in wrote “It boasts of superior night photography capabilities and Canon has also em” in their Canon ELPH 500 HS review. Expert review site Ld2.ciol.com said “The ability to click good images even in low light conditions” in their review of the Canon ELPH 500 HS.

A few people who reviewed it said that it had a good image sensor. Whatdigitalcamera.com rated the product 4 stars and wrote on What 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” in their review. Ephotozine.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and wrote in their review of the Canon ELPH 500 HS “There is also a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and full 1080p HD video recording”. Photographyblog.com rated the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website PhotographyBlog.com six years ago “A 3.2 inch touchscreen LCD, 12 megapixel back-illuminated sensor, fast f/2.0, wide-angle 4.4x lens”.

A number of customers thought it had a good picture resolution. Cameralabs.com wrote “Sensor with 10.1 effective Megapixels” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Fhm.com.ph wrote “Images come out very sharp at a max resolution of 12.1 megapixels”.

One person reckoned that the product was good in low light. Ephotozine.com 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 their review and scored the product 80 out of 100.

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Nice Design

A number of Canon ELPH 500 HS reviewers who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good looking. Expert review site Asia.cnet.com wrote “The Canon Ixus 310 HS is the more stylish version of the PowerShot S95 enthusiast compact” in their review of the Canon ELPH 500 HS. Techradar.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Techradar “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 wrote in their review of the Canon ELPH 500 HS on CNET.com.au “The Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS is the more stylish Elph version of the PowerShot S95 enthusiast compact”.

One Canon ELPH 500 HS owner who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was neat. Five years ago Cnet.com wrote in their review “It's a small, attractive box with a 12x zoom neatly tucked inside” but they only rated the product 3 stars.

One Canon ELPH 500 HS reviewer wrote that the Canon ELPH 500 HS was a good design. Expert website Trustedreviews.com said “The IXUS 500 HS is a compact that continues the IXUS range's tradition of combining striking design with a strong specification” in their Canon ELPH 500 HS review and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

One person who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was luxurious. One customer who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was smooth. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com wrote in their review “It wants to capture a style-conscious market with its smooth curves a” .

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Good Size

Thirty people considered that it was compact. Six years ago Pcmag.com said “At the top end of Canon's wildly popular Elph compact digital camera line, sits the 12.1-megapixel Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS”. Pcmag.com also said “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.”.

A number of customers reckoned that it was thin. Expert website Digitaltrends.com wrote five years ago “The Canon Elph 520 HS is a slim, sleek and powerful little camera”. Six years ago Pcadvisor.co.uk rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert review site PC Advisor.co.uk “I would suggest the Canon IXUS 220 HS instead, because of its slim form factor” in their Canon ELPH 500 HS review. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert review site Expert Reviews five years ago “The slim, sumptuous design”.

Two customers who bought the product thought it was a good body shape. Expert website Letsgodigital.org wrote in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Thereby guarantees high image quality and a sleek, stainless steel body” . Also six years ago expert website Digicambuyer.co.uk mentioned “Its classy stainless steel body has a mix of curves” in their Canon ELPH 500 HS review.

One customer who bought the product thought it was thick. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk said in their review “The camera's high price may prevent it from attaining a broad appeal, though”. One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was heavy. Expert review site Hardwarezone.com.my mentioned “The Canon IXUS 310 HS is beautiful, though a tad weighty.” in their Canon ELPH 500 HS review.

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Good Technical Features

Some Canon ELPH 500 HS owners who reviewed it concluded that it had good features. Expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “This powerhouse pocket camera features a bright, wide lens” . Expert website Digitalcamerainfo.com said six years ago “The Canon 500 HS is a well-designed touchscreen camera that crams a lot of fun, creative features into an attractive, compact camera” in their Canon ELPH 500 HS review. Expert website Techworld.com said in their review of the Canon ELPH 500 HS “Thanks to its standout image quality, versatile shooting features, well-done UI”.

Good Product Quality

Some people who purchased it concluded that it was good quality. Six years ago Pcmag.com mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “Excellent image quality, putting i”. Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com scored it 4 stars and wrote also six years ago “Solid camera with a reliable standard of image quality should find little to disappoint with the Canon IXUS 310 HS”. Expert website Pcworld.in said “Coupled with superior image quality it can put any digital camera to shame.” in their review.

Easy to Use

A few Canon ELPH 500 HS owners who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was easy to use. Six years ago Digitalcamerainfo.com said in their review “If you’re a lover of touchscreen control and fun extras”. Digicambuyer.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Canon ELPH 500 HS on expert website Digicam Buyer.co.uk “It’s one that feels well-made and is a joy to use” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars.

One customer mentioned that it had a good experience. Expert review site Pcworld.in said “Opted for a full touchscreen experience with the IXUS 310 HS”.

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Robust

Some Canon ELPH 500 HS reviewers who purchased it agreed that it was well made. Expert website Cameras.co.uk wrote “The camera appears to be well made w” in their review. 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”.

One Canon ELPH 500 HS owner thought the Canon ELPH 500 HS was reliable. Thestar.com.my mentioned in their Canon ELPH 500 HS review “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” .

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few customers who reviewed the product mentioned that it had a good screen. Photographyblog.com mentioned on PhotographyBlog.com five years ago “The Canon IXUS 500 HS boasts a wide-angle 12x zoom, 10 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3 inch LCD screen and full 1080p HD movi” in their review and scored the Canon ELPH 500 HS 4 stars. Expert website Cnet.com.au mentioned “This is Canon's best touchscreen camera yet, sporting a massive screen and plenty of features like HD video” in their review of the Canon ELPH 500 HS. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com said “The Canon 500 HS combines a stylish touch screen with some serious hardware including an f/2 lens”.

Canon Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Canon is one of the superior camera manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Canon also has good reviews for its compact cameras.

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Good Video Capture

A few Canon ELPH 500 HS owners who reviewed the Canon ELPH 500 HS considered that it was good for video recording. Ephotozine.com said in their review “There is also full 1080p HD video rec”.

Good Support

A few people who reviewed it thought it had good technical guidance. Techradar.com mentioned on expert review site Techradar “Buying guide Best compact camera 2012”. Imaging-Resource.com said on expert website 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”. Five years ago expert review site Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “Buying Guide Best Canon IXUS came” but despite that they only gave the product a rating of 3 stars.

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of digital cameras of this type and age is 2.8". The Canon ELPH 500 HS has a very large display diagonal (3.2 inches) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the ELPH 500 HS which do not support Full HD video, the ELPH 500 HS supports Full HD video.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an Eye-Fi|MMC|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many compact cameras that were released around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The ELPH 500 HS supports video capability. Most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not support video capability.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the ELPH 500 HS, the ELPH 500 HS has an image stabilizer.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The ELPH 500 HS has a built-in flash. Most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the ELPH 500 HS also have a built-in flash.

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Has Six White Balances

The Canon ELPH 500 HS has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Six Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Canon ELPH 500 HS is more than most cameras of this type and age. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on digital cameras of a similar type and age to the ELPH 500 HS. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Positive film", "Sepia", "Skin tones" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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MOV Video Formats Supported

This camera supports a MOV video formats supported, which is the most commonly supported video formats supported on digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Canon ELPH 500 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution.

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

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

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the ELPH 500 HS is 230 pixels and the highest is 16,000,000 pixels. The ELPH 500 HS has one of the higher display resolution (numeric)s (461,000 pixels) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on cameras of this age and spec.

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13 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer reckoned that it was not noisy. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “This pretty camera is hampered by a tiny sensor that produces noisy images at middle to high ISO settings” in their review.

Poor Battery Life

Three people wrote in their reviews that the product did not have a good battery life. Photographyblog.com wrote on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The tiny controls, poor battery life, so-so image quality at high ISO speeds” in their review although they gave it a rating of 4 stars. Cnet.com.au said on expert website CNET.com.au six years ago “It's not perfect, with a short battery life and only average shooting performance.” in their review of the Canon ELPH 500 HS. Also six years ago expert website Thestar.com.my wrote “On the whole, there are no major complaints, battery life is s” in their review of the Canon ELPH 500 HS.

Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 4.4 times zoom factor, the ELPH 500 HS has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the ELPH 500 HS. Across all the compact cameras that were released around the same time as the ELPH 500 HS the optical zooms range from 3x to 63x.

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Quite Low Megapixel

Digital cameras that are a similar age to the ELPH 500 HS have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 46MP. With a megapixel of only 12.1 megapixels, the Canon ELPH 500 HS has a quite low megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the ELPH 500 HS.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The ELPH 500 HS does not support wi-Fi, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not support wi-Fi.

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Not 3D

Most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the ELPH 500 HS are not 3D. The Canon ELPH 500 HS is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age, the ELPH 500 HS does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The ELPH 500 HS is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the ELPH 500 HS are also not waterproof.

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Only 640 X 360 Still Image Resolution(s)

The ELPH 500 HS has a 640 x 360 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of this type and age. Across all cameras of a comparable age and spec to the ELPH 500 HS the best still image resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Only Features Three Flash Modess

The Canon ELPH 500 HS has a greater number of flash modes than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. This Canon digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of this type and age. The flash modess "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

The smallest combined zoom of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the ELPH 500 HS is 3x, the biggest is 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x. At only 18 times zoom factor, the ELPH 500 HS has a quite small combined zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the ELPH 500 HS.

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Only Supports Five Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Canon ELPH 500 HS is more than most compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras that were released around the same time as the ELPH 500 HS. The image formats supporteds "JPEG", "EFIX 2.3", "DPOF" and "MOV" are also supported by this Canon camera.

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Fairly Long Flash Recharging Time

The ELPH 500 HS has one of the longer flash recharging times (10 seconds) amongst cameras of this age. The flash recharging times of cameras of a comparable age and type to the ELPH 500 HS range from 0.0005s to 15s, and the average flash recharging time is 6.1s.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Canon released the ELPH 500 HS.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the ELPH 500 HS has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the ELPH 500 HS.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Weight

The Canon ELPH 500 HS has a fairly typical weight (185 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Canon ELPH 500 HS has a MOS sensor type which is better than most cameras of this age and spec. Most digital cameras of this type and age have a CCD sensor type.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
Light Metering
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Custom Colour
Image Editing
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Mac Compatibility
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Interface
Data Compression
Compatible Operating Systems
Audio Recorder
Video Out
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Camera Shutter Speed
Digital SLR

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 5131b001, 5131b001aa, 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, 08714574564975
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