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Canon IXUS 500 HS
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Canon IXUS 500 HS Digital Camera

10.1MP 12x CMOS Jan 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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... More
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Canon Cameras Have Good Reviews

Compact cameras manufactured by Canon have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just compact cameras) and found that Canon also has good ratings across its entire range.

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

Unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS which do not support video capability, the IXUS 500 HS supports video capability.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10, or the Nikon 25.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years, the IXUS 500 HS has an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

At 12 times zoom factor, the IXUS 500 HS has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS. The smallest optical zoom of cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the IXUS 500 HS is 0.17x and the biggest is 63x.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 12x optical zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon SX150 IS.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS (14x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon IXUS 500 HS has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the IXUS 500 HS also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Fujifilm X10, or the Nikon 25 which has better reviews.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS is 0.04m. The IXUS 500 HS has a quite small closest focusing distance (only 0.01 meters) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the IXUS 500 HS.

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon IXUS 500 HS is more than most compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Has Six Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the IXUS 500 HS is more than most cameras of this age and type. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on compact cameras that were released around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Positive film", "Sepia", "Skin tones" and "Vivid" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Has Two Shooting Modess

The IXUS 500 HS has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most commonly found shooting modes is Auto, but this shooting modes is not found on this Canon digital camera. The shooting modess Movie and Scene are also found on this Canon camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The IXUS 500 HS has one of the longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (336 millimeters) amongst digital cameras of this age. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the IXUS 500 HS is 250mm, and the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The IXUS 500 HS has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the IXUS 500 HS.

The worst video resolution amongst similar types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of 461,000 pixels, the IXUS 500 HS has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS. Across all the compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the IXUS 500 HS the display resolution (numeric)s range from 1 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 450,000 pixels.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the IXUS 500 HS is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Canon camera also supports a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The best video resolution of all cameras that are a comparable age to the IXUS 500 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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12 Reasons Against

Quite Low Megapixel

The megapixels of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the IXUS 500 HS range from 0.3MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel is 14MP. With a megapixel of only 10.1 megapixels, the IXUS 500 HS has one of the lower megapixels amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the S120 (£179.99) (12.1MP), or the PowerShot SX270 HS (12.1MP) both from Canon or the Fujifilm X-Q1 (£199.00) (12MP) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not support Full HD video. The IXUS 500 HS is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to consider including the X10, or the F800EXR both from Fujifilm which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Canon IXUS 500 HS does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also do not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to consider including the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR, the Sony DSC-RX100M2, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ71 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the IXUS 500 HS, the Canon IXUS 500 HS is not 3D.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Lumix DMC-FZ60, or the Lumix DMC-TZ40 both from Panasonic or the Nikon 9300 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Canon IXUS 500 HS does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS, or the Panasonic DMC-FT4 which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS, the Canon IXUS 500 HS is not waterproof.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Canon IXUS 500 HS is more than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the IXUS 500 HS. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The motion JPEG frame rate of the IXUS 500 HS of only 24 frames per second is one of the lowest amongst cameras of this age and type. Across all the cameras that were released more than two years ago the motion JPEG frame rates range from 15fps to 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 32fps.

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Only 190 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

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

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The IXUS 500 HS has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all cameras of this type and age is 2592 x 1944 pixels and the best is 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of only 5.6, the Canon IXUS 500 HS has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers amongst digital cameras of this age. Digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the IXUS 500 HS have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 72, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.6.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 5mm and 39mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. The Canon IXUS 500 HS has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (28 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the IXUS 500 HS.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon IXUS 500 HS

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the IXUS 500 HS has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the IXUS 500 HS.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the PowerShot SX220 HS, the SX150 IS, or the PowerShot A3300 IS all from Canon.

If you want a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the IXUS 510 HS (3.2" and higher rated), the 310 HS (3.2" and higher rated), or the ELPH 320 HS (3.2" and higher rated) all from Canon.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Digital Zoom

The IXUS 500 HS has a fairly average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the IXUS 500 HS.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the PowerShot SX220 HS, and the SX150 IS both from Canon is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon 500 (4.1x and higher rated), or the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 (5x and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

The IXUS 500 HS has a MOS sensor type which is better than most similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have a CCD sensor type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Fujifilm X10, or the Canon SX280 HS which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a better sensor type then you might want to consider the Canon SX150 IS (CCD), or the Fujifilm FinePix JX500 (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Orientation Sensor
Custom Colour
Image Editing
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Compatible Operating Systems
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed
Video Memory Capacity
Digital SLR

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Product Identifiers

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