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Canon SX500 is

Camera Labs Highly Recommended Ephotozine Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended
A multi award winning and fully featured 16 megapixel 30 times zoom factor camera
Bridge 16MP 30x Yes Feb 2014
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date

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Canon SX500 is Review

With excellent reviews but mediocre features,
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169 Reviews + 3 Awards
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50
Good Features
Overall Score
40
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 40?

It has good expert reviews and great user reviews with an average overall rating of 93%, based on 169 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report good lens quality, great product quality and is robust.
This Canon digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
1" image sensor size
Quite big optical zoom
Does not support Wi-Fi
Very small maximum aperture number

Canon SX500 IS Video Reviews


How Big is the Canon SX500 IS?

The Canon SX500 IS is 104mm wide and 80.2mm tall. It is 69.5mm deep and weighs 341g.

Canon SX500 IS front dimensions

Canon SX500 IS size in context

Canon SX500 is In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Three Industry Awards

The experts at review websites PhotographyBlog.com and Ephotozine both recommend this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The writer at review website Camera Labs concluded that this Canon camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on 21 expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Trusted Reviews this Canon camera has an average expert rating of 74 out of 100.

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Good User Reviews

Based on 148 user reviews this Canon digital camera has an average user rating of 85%. Over 81% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

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Excellent Brand

We checked 33,726 owner and expert reviews (including 6,880 verified purchases) for Canon cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically within its cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

Four customers who bought the product wrote that it had a good zoom.

  • The lens itself is supported by Canon's Intelligent IS stabilisation technology, which will no doubt ease some of the…
  • Canon packs a powerful zoom lens into a small body that weigh less than some pocket cameras…
  • It has the large zoom to cover all eventualities as well as auto…
  • For people who like a lot of zoom in a very compact…
    Cnet.com January 2013
  • It is however a digital unit with excellent zoom as well as other features making it almost a bridge unit…
    Gadgetspeak.com January 2013

Customers Report Great Product Quality

Two people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good quality.

Users Report it is Robust

Two people who reviewed this digital camera thought it was well made.

Users Report Acceptable Noise Level

Two people concluded that it was quiet.

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Four people concluded that it had a good screen.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that the Canon SX500 IS was good looking.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

Six customers concluded that it was able to produce good images.

  • Colour fringing on sharp contrasts and noise in images shot at fairly conservative sensitivities disappoint…
    CNET.co.uk September 2012
  • So long as you don't want to enlarge your images hugely or crop the…
    CNET.co.uk September 2012
  • The lens is image stabilised, which it needs to…
    Dpexpert.com.au October 2012
  • The picture is very bright, sharp…
    Brett P. (Newegg.com) - September 2015
  • When checking for bad pixels, be sure to check against a back background as well as a white background…
  • If you get this monitor, look at it carefully with a white background to check for bad pixels…
  • Impressive zero banding, really strong blacks, good picture, albeit a little over saturated…
  • The picture quality is very good…
    Gerald C. (Newegg.com) - September 2015

Users Report That it is Fairly Priced

12 people considered that the Canon SX500 IS was good value for money.


Features

Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16 megapixels, the Canon SX500 IS has a relatively standard megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Average Weight

The SX500 IS has a pretty typical weight (341 grams) compared to most of the other cameras.

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1" Image Sensor Size

This camera has a 1|1/2.3" image sensor size, which is typical of many cameras.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Across all the cameras the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 83x, and the average optical zoom is 12x. The SX500 IS has a fairly big optical zoom (30 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Canon SX500 IS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras.

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Average Display Diagonal

The SX500 IS has a pretty standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Supports Live View

The Canon SX500 IS supports live view. Most of the other cameras also support live view.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Canon SX500 IS does not support Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other cameras which support Wi-Fi.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The SX500 IS has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras. Most cameras have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Canon camera also have still image resolution(s) of 4608 x 3072, 3456 x 3456, 4608 x 2592, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 2448 x 2448, 3264 x 1832, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 424 and 480 x 480 and 640 x 360. Across all cameras the worst still image resolution is S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664 and the best is 6016 x 4000.

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Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of cameras range from 1.8 to 130. With a maximum aperture number of only 3.4, the SX500 IS has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers amongst cameras of this age.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The SX500 IS has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other digital cameras also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Canon SX500 IS has an external flash connector. Most of the other cameras also have an external flash connector.

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Features Face Detection

The Canon SX500 IS features face detection, as do most of the other cameras.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon SX500 IS has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras also have an HDMI port.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the SX500 IS has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The SX500 IS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The SX500 IS supports video capability, as do most of the other cameras.

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Energy Star Certified

The SX500 IS is Energy Star certified. Most of the other cameras are not Energy Star certified.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the cameras the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 2.3mm to 2,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 300mm. The SX500 IS has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (720 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Only 195 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Canon SX500 IS which takes 195 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Fairly Slow Flash Recharging Time

Cameras have flash recharging times of between 0.0055s and 15s. With a flash recharging time of 10 seconds, the SX500 IS has one of the slower flash recharging times amongst cameras of this age.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon SX500 IS has an orientation sensor, as do most of the other cameras.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

At 5.8, the Canon SX500 IS has a very large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras. The average minimum aperture number of cameras is 3.4, and the minimum aperture numbers range from -2 to 22.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Canon camera was released in February 2014.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 6353b001
Barcodes 00013803156881, 04960999913742, 06936796567882, 08714574586311, 08714574586472

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