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Canon 500 HS Digital Camera

Compact Camera 10.1MP 12x Jan 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Excellent brand
Supports video recording
Quite large display diagonal

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Reviews

Excellent Brand

We checked 34,684 user and expert reviews (including 1,256 verified purchases) for Canon cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera is 1", the largest is 3.5", and the average display diagonal is 2.6". At 3 inches, the Canon 500 HS has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Canon SX220 HS, or the Nikon 1 V1 (£275) which both of have better reviews.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Canon 310 HS (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Canon 500 HS does not support Wi-Fi. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also do not support Wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a Wi-Fi and we think the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, the Panasonic DMC-FX90, or the Fujifilm XQ2 are also worth considering.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was January 2012 when Canon released the 500 HS.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Canon 500 HS supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Canon 500 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Canon digital camera also support a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Canon 500 HS supports video capability. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also support video capability.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon 500 HS has a built-in flash. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a built-in flash.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon 500 HS has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Canon 500 HS has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Canon 500 HS has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of their better review scores, the Canon 310 HS, and the Panasonic DMC-FT3 are also worth considering.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Canon 500 (4.1x and higher rated).

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The Canon 500 HS has one of the bigger optical zooms (12 times zoom factor) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age. The optical zooms of comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera range from 1x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 7.4x.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 12x optical zoom cameras currently available including because of its better review score, the Canon SX130 IS.

If this Canon camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the SX230 HS (14x and higher rated), or the SX240 HS (20x and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this type and age range from 0.28mm to 1,200mm. At 336 millimeters, the Canon 500 HS has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 155 grams, the Canon 500 HS has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon 500 HS has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have an image stabilizer.

Other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at include the Canon 230 HS which has better reviews.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Image Resolution

The Canon 500 HS has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera is 2592 x 1944 pixels and the best is 4608 x 3456 pixels.

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3648 X 2736 Still Image Resolution

The Canon 500 HS has a 3648 x 2736 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Canon camera also have still image resolution(s) of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1200 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2112 x 2112, 2736 x 2736, 2816 x 1584, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 2112 and 3648 x 2048 and 3648 x 2432. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4032 x 3024.

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10.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 10.1 megapixels camera.

Other 10.1MP cameras currently available that you might want to look at include because of their better review scores, the Nikon 1 V1 (£275), or the Canon EOS 1D MarkIII (£149.99).

If this digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Samsung L210 (10.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The Canon 500 HS has an external flash connector, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Canon 500 HS has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Canon 500 HS features smile detection. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also feature smile detection.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the Canon 500 HS has one of the smaller closest focusing distances amongst cameras of this age. Across all the low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.45m.

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Camera

Has a Custom Colour

The Canon 500 HS has a custom colour, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon 500 HS has an orientation sensor. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also have an orientation sensor.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Canon 500 HS features multi burst mode. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also feature multi burst mode.

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Features Histogram

The Canon 500 HS features histogram, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Canon 500 HS has a battery charger included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Canon 500 HS has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Canon 500 HS has an HDMI, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Supports PictBridge

The Canon 500 HS supports PictBridge, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

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

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon 500 HS has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Battery

Only 190 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras of a similar age and type to this camera take between 130 and 4,199 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Canon 500 HS which takes 190 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The Canon 500 HS has a greater number of ISO speeds than most low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Canon camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "100", "200", "800", "1600", "3200" and "Auto" are also supported by this camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon elph500hssl, canon elph500hsbr, canon elph500hspk, ixus500hsblw, ixus500hsroo
Barcodes 00013803133783, 00013803133806, 00013803133813, 00714574579337, 00714574579375, 00714574579412, 00714574579450, 03610170814078, 03610170814085, 03610170814139, 03610170825845, 04960999675725, 04960999843780, 04960999843827, 04960999843889, 04960999843964, 08714574579337, 08714574579344, 08714574579375, 08714574579382, 08714574579412, 08714574579429, 08714574579450, 08714574579467

Canon 500 HS Review Sources

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