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.

Benefits

  • 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

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
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
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.
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.
Image Size ¹ XS is half the length and width of S
  • *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.