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Canon SX500 is Digital Camera

Bridge Camera 16MP 30x Feb 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Three industry awards
Not quiet
Not good in terms of recycling
123 Reviews + 3 Awards
Camera Labs Highly Recommended Ephotozine Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

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Reviews

Three Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both concluded that they would endorse this Canon camera. Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com both gave this camera a "Recommended" award.

This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from websites Camera Labs who decided that this digital camera was very good.

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this digital camera is 74% based on twenty-one expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine.

Good Owner Reviews

Owners have rated this Canon digital camera on average 85%. Over 81% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Canon Digital Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 34,085 user and expert reviews (including 1,378 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 medium megapixel digital cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The SX500 IS has an HDMI, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Supports PictBridge

The SX500 IS supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also support PictBridge.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this digital camera was released.


Battery

Only 195 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard), including the SX500 IS which takes 195 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The SX500 IS does not support Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support Wi-Fi including the Samsung 200, or the Canon 240 HS which also has a higher rating.

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Power

Not Good in Terms of Recycling

One owner who bought this digital camera concluded that it was not good in terms of recycling. Newegg.com mentioned three years ago “The day after I recycled the box”.


Design

Good Quality

Fifteen people considered that this digital camera was good quality. Newegg.com wrote “Very clear quality” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they rated the product 20 out of 100. Newegg.com also wrote “Decent Picture Quality” in their review. Digitalversus.com gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned “While the lens is OK quality, cost-saving cuts tarnish the final package—this camera can be frustratingly slow”.

Good Looking

Sixteen people who reviewed the product considered that it was good looking. Newegg.com mentioned “Cheap, nicely-sized, nice looking” in their review of this digital camera. Newegg.com also wrote “This monitor at factory setting also adds more saturation to colors which makes pictures of fruitsnature etc quite beautiful” in their review. Newegg.com also wrote “It's got very good quality very clear and awesome It's bigger than what I thought it would be, pretty slim” in their review.

Two owners concluded that the Canon SX500 IS was smooth. Newegg.com wrote in their review of the Canon SX500 IS “Bright Clear Picture - Gaming looks amazing, smooth, brights are clear” but despite that they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Newegg.com also mentioned “Smooth game play, no noticeable ghosting or input lag” in their review.

One owner who purchased it considered that it was retro. Newegg.com said “XP pro 64, (I'm still retro” . One customer concluded that it was well designed. Newegg.com wrote “Clean look on screen and good design in general”.

One owner who purchased it concluded that it had a thin frame. Newegg.com mentioned “Thin bezel” but they rated it 1 stars.

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Well Made

Fourteen owners who bought the product agreed that it was well made. Three years ago Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Price, built in speakers”. Newegg.com also wrote “The monitor is well built and the display is top notch” in their review. Newegg.com also mentioned “Sturdy build quality in general” in their review.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Newegg.com said in their review of this digital camera “Sturdy stand” but they gave the product a rating of 20 out of 100.

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Easy to Use the Menus

Fourteen customers who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Newegg.com mentioned three years ago “I haven't tweaked any settings due to letting them "burn in" for 24 hrs after initial startup” in their review of the Canon SX500 IS nonetheless they scored the product 1 stars. Newegg.com also wrote “Good average menu options for the average guy gal” in their review. Newegg.com also said “Many different viewing settings” in their review.

Seven owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Newegg.com wrote “My Nvidia control panel handled things just fine coupled to my F 4600”. Newegg.com also mentioned “It's so easy to use” in their review. Newegg.com also said “Good Picture quality and blue light control” in their review.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to assemble. Newegg.com wrote “Easy to put together, all pixels, nice picture”. Newegg.com also said “These work great Beautiful, perfect display, easy to assemble, setup, multiple inputs” in their review.

One owner who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to setup. One owner reckoned that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Jeff H. wrote three years ago “I had to turn them down for it to be comfortable to work on” in his review of this digital camera.

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Video

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The SX500 IS supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera video resolutions range from 320 x 120 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The SX500 IS has a built-in microphone. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Noisy

Three people who reviewed the Canon SX500 IS agreed that it was noisy. Newegg.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Loud music sounds like whispering”. Newegg.com also mentioned “Also would love to mention, built in monitors at full volume is not even louder than iphone speakers” in their review.

Five years ago Cnet.co.uk mentioned “Colour fringing on sharp contrasts and noise in images shot at fairly conservative sensitivities disappoint”.

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Not Quiet

Three people who reviewed the Canon SX500 IS agreed that it was noisy. Newegg.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Loud music sounds like whispering”. Newegg.com also mentioned “Also would love to mention, built in monitors at full volume is not even louder than iphone speakers” in their review. Five years ago Cnet.co.uk mentioned “Colour fringing on sharp contrasts and noise in images shot at fairly conservative sensitivities disappoint”.

Three people who reviewed it concluded that it was not quiet. Newegg.com said “Speakers are quiet”. Newegg.com also wrote “The speakers are indeed on the quiet side” in their review. Newegg.com also mentioned “Speakers are extremely quiet even when fully cranked up” in their review.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Canon SX500 IS has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have a battery charger included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The SX500 IS has an AC adapter included. Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Canon SX500 IS has a hand strap, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The SX500 IS has a batteries included, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The SX500 IS has an external flash connector. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have an external flash connector.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Canon SX500 IS has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Fairly Slow Flash Recharging Time

Across all the digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera the flash recharging times range from 3s to 15s, and the average flash recharging time is 5.5s. At 10 seconds, the SX500 IS has a fairly slow flash recharging time compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

One owner who purchased it considered that it had good features. Expert website Itproportal.com said “A good range of creative features, easy-to use controls”.


Camera

Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon SX500 IS has an orientation sensor, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Supports Live View

The SX500 IS supports live view, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Features Histogram

The SX500 IS features histogram. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera also feature histogram.

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Certificates

Energy Star Certified

The SX500 IS is Energy Star certified, which is unusual. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera are not Energy Star certified.

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Display

Quite Wide Field of View

With a field of view of 100 percent, the SX500 IS has one of the wider field of views amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. Medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago have field of views of between 95% and 100%, and the average field of view is 99%.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of 461,000 pixels, the Canon SX500 IS has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The average display resolution (numeric) of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera is 430,000 pixels.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Canon SX500 IS has a fairly standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think the NX100, and the SAMSUNG WB850F ($399) both from Samsung or the Sony HX100V which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the Df (3.2"), the D4 (3.2"), or the D4S (3.2") all from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Has Very Good Optical Image Stabilization

Fourteen owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Expert website Toptenreviews.com rated the product 7 stars and said “Canon packs a powerful zoom lens into a small body that weigh less than some pocket cameras” in their Canon SX500 IS review. Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is a good choice for zoom addicts on a budget” in their review of this digital camera. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Canon Powershot SX500 IS is Canon's latest ultra zoom bridge camera”.

Two customers said in their reviews that the product had a good image stabiliser. Four years ago Cnet.com wrote “Has very good optical image stabilization” but despite that they only gave it a rating of 18.2 out of 100. Whatdigitalcamera.com said in their review of this digital camera “The lens itself is supported by Canon's Intelligent IS stabilisation technology, which will no doubt ease some of the”.

Two people agreed that this digital camera had a good lens.

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Good for Video Recording

Eight customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Newegg.com wrote “Playing loads of games and movies I haven't noticed any” in their review of the Canon SX500 IS. Newegg.com also wrote “The edges are slim, so it makes full screen movies look "bigger” in their review. Newegg.com also said “Looks amazing for gaming and movies” in their review.

Good Screen

Thirty-six customers who reviewed the product mentioned that it had a good screen. Newegg.com mentioned “It was a nice price, for a decent display” in their Canon SX500 IS review but even so they only scored it 20 out of 100. Newegg.com also mentioned “I have had 0 glare problems with the screen” in their review. Newegg.com also said “I was a bit weary after reading reviews and having never bought a display without seeing it in person before really exacerbated this fear” in their review.

Has Very Good Optical Image Stabilization

Twenty-five customers who bought it agreed that it was able to produce good images. Newegg.com wrote three years ago “Large, crisp, impressive image” . Five years ago expert website Cnet.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Canon SX500 IS “So long as you don't want to enlarge your images hugely or crop the”. Also five years ago expert website Dpexpert.com.au wrote “The lens is image stabilised, which it needs to”.

Fourteen people who reviewed it said that it had a good picture resolution. Three years ago Newegg.com mentioned “Resolution 1920 x 1080” in their review of this digital camera. Newegg.com also said “I have tried multiple different ways of checking for dead pixels and so far have been unable to spot a single one” in their review. Newegg.com also wrote “The monitor itself is great Good resolution, never had any issues with display, very unobtrusive” in their review.

Three people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was good in low light. Itproportal.com wrote four years ago “Low, light AF performance” in their review of this digital camera. Toptenreviews.com said in their review of this digital camera “The camera works well in even low-light situations” and gave it a score of 6 stars. Itproportal.com also said “It offers a useful zoom range with very effective image stabilisation, excellent low-light focusing” in their review.

Two owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was able to produce clear pictures. Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “I had no dead pixels and with a few tweaks using the basic Windows calibration, I'm extremely satisfied with the colors and clarity”.

One person said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on Ephotozine “A 16 megapixel sensor, intelligent”.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The SX500 IS has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT2 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Canon SX500 IS has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera also have still image resolution(s) of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1200 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2448 x 2448, 3264 x 1832, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 2448, 3456 x 3456 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. The still image resolution of all cameras that have been on the market for more than two years ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The SX500 IS supports video capability, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Samsung SAMSUNG WB850F ($399).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SX500 IS has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera also have a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Sony NEX-F3D which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Features Face Detection

The SX500 IS features face detection, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon SX500 IS has an HDMI port. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The SX500 IS has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Lens System

Quite Big Optical Zoom

The SX500 IS has one of the bigger optical zooms (30 times zoom factor) amongst cameras of this age. The optical zooms of cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera range from 0.34x to 65x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 30x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the Sony HX100V which has better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Nikon P510 (42x), or the Fujifilm S1 (50x) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera is 350mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 720 millimeters, the SX500 IS has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera is 4.5mm, the longest is 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. The SX500 IS has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 24 millimeters) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

At only 3.4, the SX500 IS has a fairly big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera. The maximum aperture numbers of comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera range from 2.5 to 38.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

Medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.7 and 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4. With a minimum aperture number of 5.8, the SX500 IS has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the SX500 IS has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including the A3300 IS, or the G1 X both from Canon which has better reviews.

If this digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Samsung SAMSUNG DV300F (5x), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Support

Manual Exposure

Four owners who purchased the Canon SX500 IS considered that it had good technical guidance. Itproportal.com said four years ago “Manual exposure” in their review of this digital camera but even so they rated the product 18.2 out of 100. Also four years ago Cnet.com said “It offers more shooting options -- including semimanual and manual controls -- than most in its class” in their review of this digital camera yet they scored the product 1 stars. Five years ago Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on PhotographyBlog.com “A 3-inch LCD screen, full manual controls and 720p HD movies”.


Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The SX500 IS has a fairly typical weight (341 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

Alternative digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Nikon S9300 ($399) (215g).

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013803156881, 04960999913742, 08714574586311, 08714574586472

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