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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

Canon ixus 500 hs review

VIVID: Maximum wide-angle mid morning shot, using 'Vivid' option to lend added saturation to otherwise flat results achieved on a dull day. There's some purple fringing visible on the tree branches without particularly close scrutiny.

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COLOUR CAST: Another image making use of the Vivid setting to really cause the colours of these berries to 'pop', although, to be picky, the preponderance of red in the frame has led to an ever so slight colour cast.

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SOFT: And here's the broad focal range put to use for this shot taken at near maximum telephoto setting. Like most of the Canon IXUS 500 HS's JPEGs, it's a little soft straight out of the camera and benefits from contrast adjustment in Photoshop.

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FOCUS: Another maximum wide angle shot taken with the default colour setting. Detail is fairly consistent throughout the frame and sharpness is held into the corners. However, the bright overcast sky has triggered the camera to under-expose the scene.

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12X ZOOM: And a maximum telephoto shot taken from the exact same vantage point to show what can be achieved shooting handheld with the 12x zoom without moving a foot forward.

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DEPTH OF FIELD: Low angle shot once again making the most of the Canon's 1cm closest focus facility and a shallow depth of field to draw the eye.

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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