Canon SX500 Review

 
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Model Name: Canon PowerShot SX500 IS 
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Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website
General
Model Number: SX500 
Camera Format: Mid-Sized 
Currently Manufactured: Yes 
Retail Price: $329.99
Street Price:  
Date Available: 2012-09-15
Tripod Mount: Yes 
Weight: 12.0 oz (341 g)
includes batteries
Weight With Batteries? Yes
Size: 4.1 x 2.7 x 3.2 in.
(104 x 70 x 80 mm)
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4608 x 3456 (15.9 MP, 4:3),
4608 x 2592 (11.9 MP, 16:9),
4608 x 3072 (14.2 MP, 3:2),
3456 x 3456 (11.9 MP, 1:1),
3264 x 2448 (8.0 MP, 4:3),
3264 x 1832 (6.0 MP, Other),
3264 x 2176 (7.1 MP, 3:2),
2448 x 2448 (6.0 MP, 1:1),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
1600 x 1064 (1.7 MP, 3:2),
1200 x 1200 (1.4 MP, 1:1),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3),
640 x 360 (0.2 MP, 16:9),
640 x 424 (0.3 MP, 3:2),
480 x 480 (0.2 MP, 1:1)
Continuous-mode frames/second: 0.8
Movie Resolution: 1280x720, 640x480
Movie Frame Rate: 25p, 30p
Movie Audio: Yes 
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 16.60
CCD Size (inches): 1/2.3" 
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 
Sensor Type: CCD 
Effective Megapixels: 16.00 
Lens
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 24 - 720 mm
Zoom Ratio: 30.00x
Digital Zoom: Yes 
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x 
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes 
Manual Focus: Yes 
Normal Focus Range: 0 cm to Infinity
0.0 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 0 - 50 cm
0.0 - 19.7 in
Aperture Range: f/3.4 (W) / f/5.8 (T) - f/8.0  
Lens Thread:  
Lens Thread Type:  
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No 
Viewfinder Type:  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No 
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD Size (inches): 3.0
LCD Resolution: 461,000 dots
Touchscreen: No 
Articulating LCD: No 
Max Playback Zoom: 10.0x
Exposure
ISO Settings: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600; (Higher in 4MP Low Light scene mode)
White Balance Settings: Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom 
Shutter Speed Range: 15 - 1/1600
Exp Adj Range (EV): +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Center)  
Program AE: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Creative Exposure Modes: 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, 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)  
Self Timer: 2, 10, Custom seconds
Flash
Internal Flash: Yes 
Flash Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro; Red-Eye Reduction available 
Flash Guide Number (Meters): n/a
Flash Range Description: 1.6 ft. - 16 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.8 ft. (T) (50cm - 5.0m (W), (1.4 - 3.0m (T))  
Ext Flash Connection: n/a
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC 
Memory Included (MB):  
Uncompressed Format:  
CCD Raw Format: No 
Movie File Format: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (stereo)) 
Connectivity
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode (NTSC/PAL): Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder:  
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
Other Connection: Mini (Type-C) HDMI 
Included Software: Canon software suite (ImageBrowser EX, PhotoStitch) 
OS Compatibility: Windows 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3, Mac OS X v10.6 - 10.7 
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary NB-6L 
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable 
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary NB-6L Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included: Yes 
CIPA Rating: 195
Notes & Features: Optical Image Stabilization, DIGIC 4 Processor, Zoom Framing Assist, 720p HD Movies.  

 


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