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Canon IXUS 500 HS review

The slimmest compact camera to squeeze in a 12x optical zoom

As part of our image quality testing for the Canon IXUS 500 HS we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the IXUS 500 is capable of resolving up to around 18 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

See a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Canon IXUS 500 review  Resolution ISO 100
Canon IXUS 500 review: Resolution ISO 100

JPEG images

Canon IXUS 500 review  Resolution ISO 100
Canon IXUS 500 review: Resolution ISO 100

ISO 100, score: 18 (see full image)

Canon IXUS 500 review  Resolution ISO 200
Canon IXUS 500 review: Resolution ISO 200

ISO 200, score: 18 (see full image)

Canon IXUS 500 review  Resolution ISO 400
Canon IXUS 500 review: Resolution ISO 400

ISO 400, score: 16 (see full image)

Canon IXUS 500 review  Resolution ISO 800
Canon IXUS 500 review: Resolution ISO 800

ISO 800, score: 16 (see full image)

Canon IXUS 500 review  Resolution ISO 1600
Canon IXUS 500 review: Resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600, score: 14 (see full image)

Canon IXUS 500 review  Resolution ISO 3200
Canon IXUS 500 review: Resolution ISO 3200

ISO 3200, score: 12 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyIXUS
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection, Wink Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)155 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNB-9L
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card, microSD Extended Capacity (microSDXC)
Height53.9 mm
Width87.1 mm
Depth19.2 mm
Autofocus Points1
Focal Length4 mm to 48 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model500 HS
Product NameIXUS 500 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number6172B007AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The IXUS 500 HS brings a big 12x zoom to a compact, stunning metal body - getting you closer, in style. With HS System, Intelligent IS and Smart Auto, shooting great images is easy, even in low light.

Battery Life190 Shot
Package Contents
  • IXUS 500 HS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-9L
  • Charger
Display Resolution461000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker