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Canon Digital IXUS 700 / Powershot SD500 / IXY Digital 600

alaTest has collected and analyzed 467 reviews of Canon Digital IXUS 700 / Powershot SD500 / IXY Digital 600. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality and size. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the focus and reliability. There are some mixed opinions about the flash.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon Digital IXUS 700 / Powershot SD500 / IXY Digital 600 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon Digital IXUS 700 / Powershot SD500 / IXY Digital 600

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 user reviews of Canon Digital IXUS 700 / Powershot SD500 / IXY Digital 600 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the durability and image quality. The size and portability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the focus and reliability.

usability, portability, size, image quality, durability

price, reliability, focus

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon Digital IXUS 700 / Powershot SD500 / IXY Digital 600

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 207 user reviews of Canon Digital IXUS 700 / Powershot SD500 / IXY Digital 600 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital Elph

 

Quick performer. Excellent image quality. Unique My Color feature. Good ergonomics. Sleek and attractive

Macro mode did not produce good results. Flash had some problems in backlit situations

The SD500 is a versatile, accurate, fun 7MP compact camera that performed very well on our tests and will appeal to a broad section of shooters. We like it so much, we've awarded it our Editors' Choice.

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Tom Mainelli (pcworld.com)

Canon Powershot SD500 Digital Elph Camera

 

The $500 Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital Elph is so small it fits easily in just about any pocket, leaving you no excuse for not having a camera handy when those once-in-a-lifetime baby/puppy/soccer shots happen. The resulting photos weren't our taste...

Small size Rugged body

Image quality isn't tops

The SD500's weakness is its image quality. The photos looked good overall, but in our taste tests they didn't score as well as some other compact point-and-shoots in the same price range. For example, the Fujifilm F10 significantly outscored the SD500...

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Tom Mainelli (pcworld.com)

Canon PowerShot SD500

 

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Small size ; Rugged body

Image quality isn't tops

This Digital Elph has a smooth metal body and is small enough to take everywhere, but image quality could be improved.

Jun, 2005

Recommended!

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Canon PowerShot SD500

 

Announced just before PMA in February 2005, the SD500 (which goes by the names of Digital Ixus 700 in Europe and IXY DIGITAL 600 in Japan) is the latest in a long line of ultra-compact 'ELPH' or 'IXUS' cameras stretching back to early 2000 (and a lot...

Excellent resolution, Very compact and pocketable, Beautifully built and all-metal construction, Excellent color and exposure, Manual (custom) white balance, Fast focus and very responsive performance overall, Good flash performance at short distances,...

Low contrast fine detail (such as foliage or hair) looks soft, AiAF focus unreliable - turn it off, Screen resolution not high enough for a 2.0-inch LCD, Some purple fringing, Slight corner softness at wide angle, Battery life when using LCD not...

It's not without reason that the IXUS/Elph range has proved so popular; the combination of size, design and materials, performance and decent image quality is a compelling one.

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : Robert Dubbin (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot Digital Elph review

 

We really enjoyed shooting with the Canon PowerShot SD500. It has an exterior design that combines form and function more elegantly than any point-and-shoot we've ever tested. A Digic II-powered image-processing system enables the SD500 to snap a...

Very well designed; the best start-up time in its class; quick shot-to-shot performance; novel fast frame-rate movie mode.

More frequent than usual purple fringing; longish flash shot-to-shot times.

A very well-designed, 7-megapixel snapshot camera. Just don't look for advanced controls.

Apr, 2005

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Canon Powershot SD500 Digital Elph

 

Quick performer. Excellent image quality. Unique My Color feature. Good ergonomics. Sleek and attractive.

Macro mode did not produce good results. Flash had some problems in backlit situations.

The SD500 is a versatile, accurate, fun 7MP compact camera that performed very well on our tests and will appeal to a broad section of shooters. We like it so much, we've awarded it our Editors' Choice.

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Canon Powershot SD500

 

Continue on to Features & Controls PowerShot SD500 Specifications Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 7.1 megapixels Image Sensor 1/1.8-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 7.4 megapixels) Lens 7.7 (W)--23.1 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 37 (W)--111...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Hubert Nguyen (ubergizmo.com)

Canon PowerShot SD500 Review [Bottom-line: Nice and effective]

 

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Jun, 2005

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Canon PowerShot SD500

 

Almost the same size as the predecessor PowerShot S500 model, the new Canon PowerShot SD500 features the great looks and sharp design that are a signature of Canon's ELPH cameras. Canon refers to the SD500 as having "Perpetual Curve Design", which...

Compact size, Solid build, In-camera image stabilization makes all lenses better for low light shooting, Same sensor as 7D, Kit lens covers 18-70mm 35mm equivalent range, Very good to excellent low-light capability, Excellent battery life, Decent...

Proprietary hot shoe, No PC sync port, No video recording (a fact of life with SLRs), Hand grip may be uncomfortably small for some users, Image noise slightly high at ISO 1600, RAW+JPEG option only saves fine-mode JPEGs. (But that's not a bad...

The Canon SD500 features a 3x, 7.7-23.1mm zoom lens, equivalent to a 37-111mm zoom on a 35mm camera. Aperture is automatically controlled, but the maximum setting ranges from f/2.8 at full wide angle to f/4.9 at full telephoto. A maximum 4x digital...

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : Robert Ellis (macworld.com)

Canon PowerShot SD500

 

The 7.1-megapixel digital camera is a smooth operator, but its dearth of manual features and high price make it an expensive choice.

Produces excellent color in images ; bright LCD ; 2-shots-per-second continuous shooting mode ; fun My Colors mode ; good video quality ; ability to shoot movies at 60 frames per second

No live histogram ; lack of manual controls ; no TIFF or RAW ; pricey

At six ounces (without batteries), and about the size of a deck of cards, the SD500 is a true pocket camera. The 2-inch LCD is bright and easy to see, even in afternoon sunlight, and it brightens automatically when shooting in low-light conditions. Its...

May, 2005

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