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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Expand your creativity with Full Manual control of shutter speed and aperture. Capture beautiful close up detail using 0 cm Macro mode.
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.
|Type||1/2.3 type CCD|
|Effective Pixels||Approx. 16.0M|
|Colour Filter Type||Primary Colour|
|Type||DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology|
|Focal Length||4.3 – 129.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 720 mm)|
|Zoom||Optical 30x |
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|
|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|
|Closest Focusing Distance||0 cm (W) from front of lens in macro|
|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)
|Settings||Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom|
|Monitor||7.5 cm (3.0”) TFT, Approx. 461,000 dots|
|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.|
|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|
|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|
|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
|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
|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)] |
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|Computer||Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)|
|Other||HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)|
|Type||SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|PC & Macintosh||Windows 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3 |
Mac OS X v10.6 – 10.7
|Browsing & Printing||ImageBrowser EX|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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