Complete Review of Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Utkarsh Devrani July 13, 2013 2
Complete Review of Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Canon once again came up with a super zoom camera. The ultra-zoom camera is capable of focusing up to 120x with a 24mm wide lens. The 16 mega pixels camera with smart auto modes make this the first choice of a buyer.

Processor features

The 16.0 mega pixel camera which with primary color filter type makes this one of the rear camera with ultra-zoom lens. The size of the sensor is 1/ 2.3 type CCD. The image processor which is the DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology, makes the click brighter and sharper of Canon PowerShot SX500 IS. The click has the resolution of 4680×3450 which is quite good for the zoom camera so by this you can zoom the image. Now lets jump to the features of the lens of the camera. The focal length of the lens is 4.3-129.0mm which is really a nice focal length. The optical zoom is 30x while the zoom plus is 60x and the digital zoom is 4x. Now you must be thinking what will happen if you combine all of them , the result of combining is that you will get a zoom of 120x. The canon has also provided the lens shifted type image stabilization so that when you are taking pictures with zoom, the click will be perfect. The maximum f/ number is f/3.4-f/5.8. The IOS sensitivity is in a range of 100-1600.

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Focusing features

The focusing type of Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is TTl with AF system like face detection, center, one point and many more. There is also an AF lock and manual focus is also available. The closest focusing distance 0 cm from the front of the lens which act  like a micro lens to click the images like insects and small flowers etc. the minimum shutter speed is 15 Sec while the maximum is 1/1600 Sec. Let’s talk about the flash. The most amazing thing about the flash is that it has a manual power adjustment feature so that you can adjust the lighting in Canon PowerShot SX500 IS. The slow sync speed is 1/1600 Sec and the flash range is 50cm -5.0m.

PowerShot SX500 IS hd images

Additional features

The LCD monitor is 3 inches with 461,000 dots. The LCD has a five adjustable brightness levels. There is a smart auto mode to record the videos at 1280x720p 25fps. The compression has a two option of superfine and fine. The camera has a drive mode which includes single, continuous and it also includes the drive modes such as my colors, darker skin tone vivid blue to give a image an extra edge. The additional features in this camera make it more user friendly such features are red-eye correct, image tagging feature, playback zoom, self timer, histogram. The user interface is user friendly which explains all the basic features to use them when it is needed. This camera can operate in the temperature not below 0ᶛC.

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Pros and Cons of Canon PowerShot SX500 IS


  • Ultra-zoom of 120x
  • Really good image stabilization
  • Manual adjustable flash
  • Port for external flash


  • Very heavy
  • Not good for extreme condition
  • Low battery life

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Final verdict

The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS can be your right choice for ultra zoom camera. The cameras lack in battery life and lower light click is not up to the mark. Though the camera is worth buying due to its zoom and image stabilization system.

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Full Specification

Camera Type ultra zoom compact camera
Sensor Type DIGIC 4
Maximum Resolution 4608×3450
Image Ratio 1:1,4:3,3:2,16:9
Max Effective pixel 16MP
Imaging Sensor size 1/ 2.3 inch
Imaging Sensor type iSAPS
Color Filtering Primary color
ISO Auto, 100,200,400,800,1600
Image Stabilization Yes
File Format JPEG, RAW
Length Focal 2.3-129mm
Auto-Focus Yes
Optical zoom 30x
Intelligent zoom 4x
Points Focus 19
Size Screen 3”
Touch Screen No
Type of Screen TFT colour LCD
Screen Dots 460,000
Photo Features
Shutter speeds min & max Max 1/1600 secMin 15 sec
Exposure 1/3 EV step ± 2EV
Flash built in Yes
Range Flash 50m
Mode of shots
Flash External Yes
Self Timer Yes(2 or 10)
Flash Mode Auto,on,off,red-eye
Video Features
Format Support Mp4
Speakers type mono
Microphone Type stereo
Video Modes Simple, live view
Resolution 1920×1080, 1280×720
Battery Lithium-ion rechargable battery
Life of Battery 195
Weight with Battery 341g
Connectivity and Storage
USB Yes 2.0 usb
HDMI Yes mini HDMI
Wireless Built-in
Remote Control No

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  1. T Mc August 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Very good camera and highly recommended. If you want something that is easy to use and comfortable then this camera is for you:) Great info on pros and cons as well. I came across a comparison chart with other cameras, so if somebody hesitates what to choose have a look at it here

  2. Melissa January 21, 2014 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Awesome review. Couldn’t have said it better myself. This camera is must have.

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