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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

PowerShot and IXUS digital compact cameras

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    Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

    The ultra-portable 30x zoom

    The 16 Megapixel PowerShot SX500 IS packs a high quality 30x optical zoom into a mini ultra-zoom body that's easy to use. Intelligent IS keeps shots and movies steady no matter how far you zoom.

    • Mini 30x ultra-zoom camera with 24mm wide lens
    • 16 Megapixels
    • Intelligent IS
    • Large 7.5 cm (3.0") LCD
    • Smart Auto mode detects 32 scenes
    • HD movies (720p) with HDMI
    • Zoom Framing Assist
    • Fun Creative Filters
    • Full Manual control
    • Face Detection
    PowerShot SX500 IS
    • 30x ultrazoom with ultra-wide-angle 30x ultrazoom with ultra-wide-angle
    • Zoom to 60x with great quality Zoom to 60x with great quality
    • 16.0 Megapixels 16.0 Megapixels
    • Steady shots in every situation Steady shots in every situation
    • Powerful DIGIC processing Powerful DIGIC processing
    • Auto mode with 32-scene detection Auto mode with 32-scene detection
    • 7.5cm (3.0 7.5cm (3.0") LCD
    • 720p movies with stereo sound 720p movies with stereo sound
    • Find your subject easily at full zoom Find your subject easily at full zoom
    • Optimises people shots Optimises people shots
    • Various effects for more creativity Various effects for more creativity
    • Aperture and shutter speed control Aperture and shutter speed control
    • View stills and videos on TV View stills and videos on TV

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    PowerShot SX500 IS

    Mini 30x ultra-zoom camera. 24mm wide lens

    Get closer and capture the full detail of distant subjects with a huge 30x optical zoom, up to 60x with ZoomPlus. Fit more in the frame with 24mm ultra wide-angle for great group shots and stunning landscapes. The huge zoom fits neatly into a mini ultra-zoom body that’s so small it’s easy to carry, wherever you go.

    16 Megapixels

    A 16 Megapixel sensor delivers detailed high-resolution images that can be printed at very large sizes (A3+) or cropped to achieve the desired composition.

    Intelligent IS

    Intelligent IS automatically selects the appropriate optical Image Stabilizer setting from 7 modes – combating camera shake to prevent blur and ensuring sharp, detailed photos and videos at full zoom or handheld in low light.

    7.5 cm (3.0") LCD

    A large, high quality LCD screen with wide viewing angle allows for easy framing, effortless menu navigation and pleasurable reviewing and playback. Easy Hints & Tips help you understand your camera and improve your results.

    Smart Auto (32 scenes)

    Effortlessly shoot great photos or movies with Smart Auto, which detects the scene and selects optimal settings from 32 variables (21 in movies). All you have to do is point and shoot.

    HD movies with HDMI

    Easily record high quality HD movies (720p) with stereo sound and optical zoom, with one touch of the Movie Record button. Dynamic and Powered Image Stabilizer modes keep movies steady when shooting on the move or using full zoom.

    Zoom Framing Assist

    Zoom Framing Assist helps you keep track of a distant subject at high zoom. At the press of a button the camera quickly zooms out of the scene - so you can relocate the subject - zooming back the moment the button is released.

    Fun Creative Filters

    Experiment and have fun with a range of Creative Filters. Options include Fish-eye Effect to re-create the distortion of a fish-eye lens. Use Miniature Effect in stills or movies to make scenes look like miniature scale models.

    Full Manual control; 0 cm Macro

    Expand your creativity with Full Manual control of shutter speed and aperture. Capture beautiful close up detail using 0 cm Macro mode.

    Face Detection

    Face Detection Technology ensures great people shots. It detects up to 35 faces in a single frame making sure they remain in focus and with optimum brightness. Face Detection White Balance ensures natural skin tones even in unusual lighting conditions.

    Product Specification

    IMAGE SENSOR

    Type 1/2.3 type CCD
    Effective Pixels Approx. 16.0M
    Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

    IMAGE PROCESSOR

    Type DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
    Focal Length 4.3 – 129.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 720 mm)
    Zoom Optical 30x
    ZoomPlus 60x
    Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.6x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined Approx. 120x
    Maximum f/number f/3.4 – f/5.8
    Construction 13 elements in 10 groups (1 UD lens, 1 double-sided aspherical lens)
    Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type). Intelligent IS

    FOCUSING

    Type TTL
    AF System/ Points Face Detection, 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
    AF Modes Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking AF
    AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
    AF Lock On/Off Selectable
    AF Assist Beam Yes
    Manual Focus Yes
    Closest Focusing Distance 0 cm (W) from front of lens in macro

    EXPOSURE CONTROL

    Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Centre)
    AE Lock On/Off Selectable
    Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
    Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
    ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

    SHUTTER

    Speed 1 – 1/1600 sec. (factory default)
    15 – 1/1600 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)

    WHITE BALANCE

    Type TTL
    Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

    LCD MONITOR

    Monitor 7.5 cm (3.0”) TFT, Approx. 461,000 dots
    Coverage Approx. 100%
    Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD

    FLASH

    Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
    Slow Sync Speed Fastest speed 1/1600 sec.
    Red-Eye Reduction Yes
    Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE
    Flash Exposure Lock Yes
    Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash
    Built-in Flash Range 50 cm – 5.0 m (W) / 1.4 m – 3.0 m (T)
    External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2

    SHOOTING

    Modes Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Live View Control, SCN (Portrait, FaceSelf-Timer, Low Light (4.0MP), Snow, Fireworks), Creative Filters (Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Discreet, Movie
    Modes in Movie Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, iFrame Movie, Program AE, Portrait, Snow, Fireworks, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
    Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
    Drive modes Single, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer
    Continuous Shooting Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. with AF: Approx. 0.5 shots/sec. LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec.(until memory card becomes full)¹²

    RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

    Image Size 4:3 - (L) 4608 x 3456, (M1) 3264 x 2448, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480
    16:9 - (L) 4608 x 2592, (M1) 3264 x 1832, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
    3:2 - (L) 4608 x 3072, (M1) 3264 x 2176, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
    1:1 - (L) 3456 x 3456, (M1) 2448 x 2448, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
    Resize in playback (M2, S, XS)¹
    Compression Superfine, Fine
    Movies (HD) 1280 x 720, 25 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
    Miniature Effect (HD, L) 5fps, 2.5fps, 1.25 fps
    iFrame Movie (HD)
    Movie Length (HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.¹
    (L ) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²

    FILE TYPES

    Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
    Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
    iFrame

    DIRECT PRINT

    Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
    PictBridge Yes

    OTHER FEATURES

    Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
    My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
    My Category Image tagging feature
    Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
    Histogram Yes
    Playback zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
    Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom
    Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese

    INTERFACE

    Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
    Other HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)

    MEMORY CARD

    Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

    SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

    PC & Macintosh Windows 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
    Mac OS X v10.6 – 10.7

    SOFTWARE

    Browsing & Printing ImageBrowser EX
    Other PhotoStitch

    POWER SOURCE

    Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L (battery and charger supplied)
    Battery life Approx. 195 shots¹
    Approx. 540 min. playback
    Approx. 240 min. playback
    A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40

    ACCESSORIES

    Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-950
    Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2
    Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40, Battery Charger CB-2LYE

    PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

    Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 104.0 x 69.5 x 80.2 mm
    Weight Approx. 341 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
    Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
    AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability.
    Continuous Shooting ¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
    ² Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
    Image Size ¹ XS is half the length and width of S
    Movie Length ¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.
    ² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
    Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
    • *Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
    • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
    • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
    • Subject to change without notice.

    Accessories & Supplies

    Power

    Trust Canon for guaranteed power performance. Extra batteries, battery chargers and AC adapter kits let you shoot photos and video for longer and review images without worrying about fading battery life.

    NB-6L

    A spare or replacement battery for your Canon digital compact camera. Genuine Canon batteries offer 100% compatibility, safety and performance.

    CB-2LYE

    A spare or replacement battery charger, perfect for travelling.

    ACK-DC40

    Power your Canon compact camera directly from a mains electricity supply. Ideal for shooting longer projects and powering the camera while it’s connected to a computer.

    Softcases & Straps

    Carry your compact camera comfortably and protect it from dust and scratches.

    DCC-950

    Protect your Canon PowerShot camera with a soft case when you are out and about.

    DCC-970

    Protect your Canon PowerShot camera with a soft case when you are out and about.

    Neck Strap NS-DC11

    Carry your PowerShot comfortably and in style.

    Flashes

    Get creative with your lighting and explore new and exciting types of photography. Canon Speedlites deliver accurate flash exposures time after time, and is quick and simple to use.

    High Power Flash HF-DC2

    Boost the range of your camera’s flash with a portable high-power flash unit. Includes a bracket that attaches to the camera. Can also be used remotely for creative lighting options.

    Cables & Other Accessories

    Stay connected with the correct interface cable.

    AV Cable AVC-DC400 ST

    Show photos and movies on TVs and displays that have composite video connections. Carries picture and stereo sound.

    HDMI Cable HTC-100

    Show photos and movies on TVs and displays that have an HDMI connection. Carries picture and stereo sound, and features gold-plated contacts to ensure a reliable connection.

    Interface Cable IFC-400PCU

    Transfer photos and movies from your camera to a PC or Mac computer via USB. 1.5m (5ft) cable length.

    Canon new image management cloud service

    Canon Project1709 Beta.
    Your lifetime of images, now on the cloud

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