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Canon IXUS 500 HS review

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

Our Verdict

For

  • Stylish design
  • Solid construction
  • Broad optical zoom range
  • Compact dimensions
  • Full HD video with stereo sound

Against

  • Pricey
  • Teeny backplate controls
  • Images lack definition, especially at maximum zoom
  • Unimpressive battery life

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Our results from the lab have been compared against the Samsung WB750, Panasonic FX90 and Fujifilm F600 EXR

Our analysis shows that the Canon IXUS 500 HS handles noise well and compares closely with the Samsung WB750 from ISO 200. The dynamic range results are also consistent across the sensitivity range, and whilst the scores are good it is beaten by both the Samsung WB750 and Panasonic FX90 at all sensitivities.

However with a minimum score of 8.35 for dynamic range at ISO 3200 it still puts in a good performance, showing that it will capture a good amount of detail even at its highest sensitivity value in low light conditions.

JPEG Signal to Noise Ratio

Canon IXUS 500 review: Signal to Noise Ratio
Canon IXUS 500 review: Signal to Noise Ratio

JPEG images from the Canon IXUS 500 compare closely with the Samsung WB750 from a sensitivity of ISO 400. At the higher end of the sensitivity range results stay just above 30, showing that although noise will appear in images it is acceptable and handled well for a compact.

JPEG dynamic range

Canon IXUS 500 review: Dynamic Range
Canon IXUS 500 review: Dynamic Range

This chart shows that the Canon IXUS 500 puts in a respectable dynamic range performance across the sensitivity range but is beaten by the Samsung WB750 and Panasonic FX90 at all sensitivities.

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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Flash Exposure Compensation
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