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Canon Powershot SX500 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 945 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the image quality and performance are on the whole positive. The portability and usability are also appreciated. There are some critical views about the viewfinder and shutter.

value for money, usability, portability, performance, image quality

features, shutter, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon Powershot SX500 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Review


The 30x optical zoom lens on the PowerShot SX500 IS provides some very impressive telephoto capabilities in a sub-$250 camera. Canon also included some unique features and manual control options with this model. However, image quality is below average...

Nice to find 30x zoom in such a lightweight camera ; Lens moves quickly through its zoom range in still image mode ; Good mix of manual and automatic shooting controls ; Popup flash gives better performance than many built-in flash units ; Mode dial...

Camera has a cheap feel to it because of all of the lightweight plastic in the design ; Images have quite a bit of noise when printed at large sizes ; Shot to shot delays are very poor, especially when using the flash ; Shutter lag should be better...

The 30x optical zoom lens on the PowerShot SX500 IS provides some very impressive telephoto capabilities in a sub-$250 camera. Canon also included some unique features and manual control options with this model. However, image quality is below average...

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS


The most amazing thing about the PowerShot SX500 IS is that Canon managed to make a 30x 24-720mm lens, attach it to a body, and have it only be 4 inches deep and weigh 12 ounces -- with its battery.

The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS holds an ultrawide-angle 30x zoom lens in a very small, very light body. It offers more shooting options -- including semimanual and manual controls -- than most in its class, and has very good optical image stabilization.

Despite autofocus improvements, the SX500 IS' shooting performance might still be too slow for action shots, especially indoors. It's not a great choice for handheld low-light shots.

It has its limitations, but the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is a good choice for zoom addicts on a budget.


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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS


The SX500 IS has a 3in fixed LCD screen with 461k pixel resolution and a pop-up flash, along with full PASM exposure modes in addition to Smart Auto, a range of scene modes and Creative filters which can be used for both stills and movies. The...

30x stabilised optical zoom ; Compact lightweight body ; Frame assist helps locate subjects at long focal lengths ; Versatile Creative filters

Very poor continuous shooting ; Lens suffers from Chromatic aberration ; Poor battery life ; Vertical streaking on highlights in video (due to CCD)

The PowerShot SX500 IS provides an unbeatable combination of massive zoom range in a compact lightweight body that, for now at least, is unmatched by anyone else. If you want a smaller camera, you'll need to make a compromise on zoom range and if you...


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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS


The SX500 IS comes in somewhere between the just-announced SX160 IS and the high-end SX40 HS, combining the price-cutting features found on the former with the zoom range on the latter. The 30x extended zoom is built into an impressively small body...

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Canon Powershot SX500


Take a few minutes to read about the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and learn how compares to other high-end digital bridge cameras.

The PowerShot's wide-angle lens offers a 30x zoom and has both manual and semi-manual controls

This digital bridge camera only records video in 720p HD

If you are on a budget and want a high-zoom full-body camera, you will love the PowerShot SX500.

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Canon Powershot SX500 IS Review


A year or so ago I was attracted by Canon's SX30 IS, a 35X digicam. So much so that I bought one for family use. And it turned out to be ideal for the purpose, especially in shooting video at the long end! … although this was somewhat tempered by its...

Then this feller turned up! Not as long a zoom. Sure! But smaller! And cheaper!

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"Considering the price point, it's a super little camera"


The unique selling point of this camera has to be the ability to remain compact, while incorporating a fantastic built in zoom. In the past, bridge cameras were closer to the size, and price, of an entry level DSLR. This meant that they were bulky and...

Excellent image quality in good light

Noisy in low light

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"Great camera and best buy!"


I bought this camera as a present to my hubby. We've had it for weeks, and we do a lot of outdoor and kids photos. He has taken some really great shots a. Overall I would say that it is a really fun camera and it has a really great zoom. Can take...

Very compact, light and easy to use - and with a remarkable 30x optical zoom, especially at this price.

I can't find any fault with how it performs

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"Terrible camera! Stay away! Do not buy!"


Terrible camera! The worse one I have ever used! You can use disposable camera that perform better than this one. The auto focus drowns out your photos! Too much lighting! Of course you can tweak the settings, if you had time, but for a quick point and...

The Zoom lens

Battery life, picture quality, default settings, hard to navigate through menu settings, poor flash quality, drown out pictures, terrible photos without flash, etc. etc. etc.

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"Outstanding value for money"


I picked up this camera for the equivalent of $250 in my money before I headed off on

- Price!!

(only if I have to be petty)

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CCD
Sensor Size:1/2.3''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1600


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-6L


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes