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Canon 500 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 5MP 3x CCD Feb 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Twelve industry awards
Unacceptable noise level
Poor battery life
95 Reviews + 12 Awards
Ephotozine Recommended Trusted Reviews Editor's Choice PhotographyBlog.com Recommended What Digital Camera Recommended

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Reviews

Twelve Industry Awards

This digital camera has received twelve awards from camera experts.

This low megapixel digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by review websites What Digital Camera, Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Digitaltrends.com and Akam.no all of whom decided that this camera was good.

This digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from websites Trusted Reviews, Photoreview.com.au, Digicam Buyer.co.uk and Log.com.tr all of whom decided that this camera was terrific.

Furthermore, this Canon camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Camera Labs, confirming their endorsement and the author at review website Buy-n-shoot.com said that it was terrific and gave it a "Platinum" award. This Canon digital camera also received an "Energy Efficiency" award from review site Buyerslab.com who said it was environmentally friendly.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on fifty-one expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, CNET.com and Ephotozine this camera has an overall expert rating of 76 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

Based on 19 owner reviews this Canon camera has an average owner rating of 88%. 6 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 34,085 owner and expert reviews (including 1,203 verified purchases), Canon has excellent ratings for its cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Power

Poor Battery Life

Thirteen customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it did not have a good battery life. Cnet.co.uk wrote in their Canon 500 review on CNET.co.uk “Short battery life”. Six years ago Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Below average battery life”. Digital Versus wrote in their review of this digital camera “Poor battery life 180 photos” but even so they rated it 4 stars out of 5.


Energy & Environment

Environmentally Friendly

Expert review site Buyerslab.com highlighted in their review that this low megapixel digital camera was environmentally friendly.


Smart TV

HDMI Connectivity

One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Techradar gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “HDMI connectivity” in their review of this digital camera.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact Size With 4.4x Optical Zoom Lens

Thirty-six people wrote in their reviews that the Canon 500 was compact. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Compact size with 4.4x optical zoom lens”. Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera five years ago “The recent Canon PowerShot S100 expert compact shares its name with the American version of the Digital Ixus” . Expert website Fhm.com.ph mentioned “Your standard compact shooter” in their review of this digital camera.

Three people who bought this digital camera wrote that it was thin. Pcadvisor.co.uk rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site PC Advisor.co.uk “I would suggest the Canon IXUS 220 HS instead, because of its slim form factor”. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on Expert Reviews five years ago “The slim, sumptuous design”. Expert website Digitaltrends.com said in their review of this digital camera “The Canon Elph 520 HS is a slim, sleek and powerful little camera”.

Two people who purchased it reckoned that it was a good body shape. Digicambuyer.co.uk said on Digicam Buyer.co.uk “Its classy stainless steel body has a mix of curves”. Expert website Letsgodigital.org wrote in their review of this digital camera six years ago “The 12.1 megapixel Canon IXUS 310 HS digital camera, introduced in February this year, is a typical IXUS camera and thereby guarantees high image quality and a sleek, stainless steel body” .

One owner thought the product was easy to carry around. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk rated it 77 out of 100 and said “Likely to appeal to anyone looking for a digital camera that looks good, is easy to carry around and takes a decent shot” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer considered that this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com wrote “The Canon IXUS family of credit card sized digital compacts has become synonymous with blending substance with a heavy dose of style”.

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Average Weight

The Canon 500 has a relatively typical weight (185 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm (180g).

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Features

Good Technical Features

Twelve owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had good features. Pcadvisor.co.uk said on expert review site PC Advisor.co.uk “The Canon IXUS 310 HS digital camera offers a truckload of features and superior image quality” in their Canon 500 review and rated the product 80 out of 100. Expert website Hardwarezone.com.my mentioned “With great features packed into a compact form factor, we can hardly complain”. Steves-Digicams.com wrote six years ago “This compact digicam has some amazing features including a 12.1-Megapixel CMOS sensor” in their review of this digital camera.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Three customers who bought the Canon 500 reckoned that it was noisy. Digital Versus said “Noise from the optical zoom is picked up in videos” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they still scored it 4 stars out of 5. Six years ago Imaging Resource.com said “Mics exaggerate wind noise” in their review of this digital camera. Techtree.com said “Noise in images and videos” in their review of this digital camera.

Mics Exaggerate Wind Noise

Three customers who bought the Canon 500 reckoned that it was noisy. Digital Versus said “Noise from the optical zoom is picked up in videos” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they still scored it 4 stars out of 5. Six years ago Imaging Resource.com said “Mics exaggerate wind noise” in their review of this digital camera. Techtree.com said “Noise in images and videos” in their review of this digital camera.

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Features Voice Recording

The Canon 500 features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon 500 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Canon 500 supports video recording, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Only 320 X 240 Pixels Video Resolution

The Canon 500 supports a maximum video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. That's 75% less video resolution than a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is actually the worst supported video resolution across all low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

Across similar types of digital camera the best supported video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera was released in April 2017.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Five people said in their reviews that it was good value for money. Techradar.com/au/ said five years ago “If an optimum marriage of value for money and picture quality is your chief consideration when buying a camera -” in their review of this digital camera. Whatdigitalcamera.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site What Digital Camera six years ago “It’s also priced far more attractively than previous IXUS models, although the somewhat tardy operation of the touchscreen may be enough to de” in their review of this digital camera. Frank Hill wrote “This particular model because the lens quality seemed good for the price” and scored the Canon 500 80 out of 100.

One customer concluded that this digital camera was expensive. Digicambuyer.co.uk mentioned on Digicam Buyer.co.uk “It’s an expensive camera.” in their review of this digital camera.

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Display

Very Small Display Diagonal

The Canon 500 has one of the smaller display diagonals (only 1.5 inches) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age. Cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera have display diagonals of between 1" and 3.5", and the average display diagonal is 2.6".

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth looking at include the Nikon Coolpix 8800 (1.8") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The Canon 500 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) (only 118,000 pixels) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera. The display resolutions (numeric) of digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera range from 640 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon 500 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have a built-in flash.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Canon 500 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Lens System

Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 7.5x. With an optical zoom of only 3 times zoom factor, the Canon 500 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm XQ1 (4x), or the Panasonic DMC-LX7 (4x) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4.1 times zoom factor, the Canon 500 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera. The digital zooms of low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera range from 0.71x to 14x.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 1.8, the smallest is 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.2. At only 4.9, the Canon 500 has a fairly big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera is 4.5mm, the longest is 38mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. The Canon 500 has a very long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (36 millimeters) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Camera

Features Multi Burst Mode

The Canon 500 features multi burst mode. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera also feature multi burst mode.

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Features Histogram

The Canon 500 features histogram, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Canon 500 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Picture Quality

Only 2592 X 1944 Pixels Image Resolution

The Canon 500 has a higher image resolution than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it have a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution.

A 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the worst image resolution amongst all digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

A 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution is the best image resolution across comparable types of camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Canon 500 supports PictBridge. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also support PictBridge.

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Battery

Only 190 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Canon 500 is a digital camera that takes 190 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Canon 500 is more than most low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The ISO sensitivities "50", "100", "200" and "Auto" are also supported by this Canon camera.

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Support

Good Support

Three customers who bought the product thought it had good technical guidance. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Although it doesn't have all of the options of an enthusiast-grade digicam (it's missing full Manual) or even an entry-level DSLR”. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “Buying Guide Best Canon IXUS came” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Techradar.com said “Buying guide Best compact camera 2012” in their review of this digital camera.


Design

Stylish Form Factor

Twelve owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good looking. Techtree.com mentioned “Stylish form factor” in their review of this digital camera. Techmagnifier.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Style et choix des matriaux extrmement russis” but they only scored the Canon 500 60 out of 100. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “The Canon 500 HS combines a stylish touch screen with some serious hardware including an f/2 lens” in their review of this digital camera.

Eight customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was well designed. Six years ago Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Attractive design” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Digicambuyer.co.uk mentioned “The 310 HS is Canon’s flagship IXUS – a brand well known for stylish design” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Digitalcamerainfo.com wrote “The Canon PowerShot S500, with its compact yet solid design, is poised to perform” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner said in their reviews that this digital camera was smooth. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “It wants to capture a style-conscious market with its smooth curves a” and gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5.

One owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it was neat. Five years ago Cnet.com said on CNET.com “It's a small, attractive box with a 12x zoom neatly tucked inside” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they scored it 60 out of 100.

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was ergonomic. Twelve years ago Cnet.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excellent ergonomics; high-resolution LCD; compact size; video light”.

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Good Image Quality

Thirty people said in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Mac World said in his Canon 500 review six years ago “Very good image and video quality” . Cnet.com mentioned “The Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS has a nice 2.0 ultrawide-angle lens, excellent photo quality for its class”. What Digital Camera said “Excellent build quality, style, generally good image quality”.

Excellent Build Quality

Twelve owners considered that the product was well made. Techmagnifier.com wrote five years ago “Great design, topnotch build and materials” . Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Solid low-light performance” in their review of this digital camera. Pocket Lint gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of the Canon 500 “Large screen, better than expected noise-free results at higher light sensitivity settings, decent build quality”.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. Samico scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and said on Amazon.co.uk “My first one Canon Ixus 310 HS was broken (my fault) when i was travelling”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Expert review site V3.co.uk wrote “A small, robust entry to the Ixus range” in their review of this digital camera although they gave this digital camera a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Frank Hill gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and he said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “It seems sturdy, reliable and easy to use”.

One owner who reviewed it thought it was reliable. Thestar.com.my wrote in their review of this digital camera “By JENNIFER NG Looking for a compact ­digital camera that's fuss-free and reliable? Canon recently unveiled three new models for its Ixus range” and gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5.

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Generally Easy to Use

Ten customers thought the product was easy to use. Techmagnifier.com wrote five years ago “Generally easy to use” in their review of this digital camera yet they only rated this digital camera 60 out of 100. Six years ago expert website Cameras.co.uk wrote “The IXUS 310 HS scores very highly for picture quality, build quality and ease of use when it comes to touch control” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Cameras.co.uk also wrote “Easy to use, takes good pictures” in their review.

Two customers reckoned that the Canon 500 was easy to use the menus. Digital Versus mentioned “Decent lens, good performance at telephoto settings” in their review of this digital camera. Two owners considered that it had a good interface. T3.com wrote “Touchscreen interface” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

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Large LCD Screen

Twelve people considered that the product had a good screen. Techtree.com said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Large touch screen with good visibility” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Outstanding 3.2-inch LCD screen rated 461K dots”. Trusted Reviews gave the Canon 500 a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote six years ago “Large high quality touch screen”.

Full HD Movies

Thirteen owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording. Techmagnifier.com mentioned “With inbuilt Apple's iFrame format, movie files” . Trusted Reviews mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Full HD video with stereo sound”. Techradar scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote six years ago “Full HD movies”.

Nice Bright Lens

Nineteen customers who purchased it reckoned that it had a good lens. Mac World said “2.0 lens with aperture priority mode”. Imaging Resource.com said “Lens is very wide with reasonable telephoto reach” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of the Canon 500 on PC Mag “Bright, wide lens” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5.

Twelve owners said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Digital Versus mentioned six years ago “1080p HD video, stereo sound, optical zoom”. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Squeezes in an 12x optical zoom to ensure it’s not just a pretty fascia” and gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5. Expert website Evogadget.com wrote “This lineup was made famous a while back by offering consumers super zoom cameras”.

One person who purchased the product concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Optical image stabilization” in their review of this digital camera.

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Very Sharp Images

Thirty-one customers reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Thestar.com.my wrote “Takes excellent pictures”. Pc Mag said in their review of this digital camera “Very sharp images”. Expert website T3.com rated the product 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great 5-megapixel images”.

Nine customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good in low light. Six years ago Imaging Resource.com said in their review of this digital camera “Excellent low-light shooter”. Pcworld.in mentioned “Photographs captured in low light retain good details”. Six years ago Ephotozine.com rated it 4 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Ephotozine “The Canon Digital IXUS 310 HS was released in February 2011 as part of Canon's range of premium compact cameras with a lens designed for taking great shots in low-light situations”.

Six customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Thestar.com.my wrote “Plenty of shooting modes and creative functions”. Mac World said six years ago “Fun shooting modes, including 240fps video capture” . Asia.cnet.com mentioned “A nice mix of shooting modes” .

Five owners mentioned that it had a good image sensor. Imaging Resource.com mentioned six years ago “12.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Photographyblog.com said in the same month “A 3.2 inch touchscreen LCD, 12 megapixel back-illuminated sensor, fast f/2.0, wide-angle 4.4x lens” in their review of this digital camera. Ephotozine.com rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote on Ephotozine five years ago “There is also a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and full 1080p HD video recording”.

Four owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good ISO range. Techmagnifier.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excellent ISO speed 1003200” but despite that they only rated this digital camera 60 out of 100. Six years ago Pcworld.in wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great ISO test results”. Also six years ago Digital Versus said “Noise handled well up to 800 ISO”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon elph500hssl, canon elph500hspk, canon elph500hsbr
Barcodes 00013803133783, 00013803133806, 00013803133813

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