Canon SX500 IS Point & Shoot Camera

Canon SX500 IS Point & Shoot Camera

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  • Effective Pixels: 16 MP
  • Optical Zoom: 30 | Digital Zoom: 4x
  • Sensor Type: CCD | LCD Size: 3 inch
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/1600
  • Auto Focus

Advanced Point and Shoot cameras are simple to use even though they come packed with a host of different features that can make photography fun for even the greenest lensman. The Canon PowerShot SX 500 is a great camera for beginners as well as for professionals to serve as an emergency backup camera.

Sensor Technology

The camera is equipped with a high performance 16 MP image sensor that can be used even for low light photography with adequate artificial lighting, often supplied by the in-built flash. The camera is quite compact for the kind of lens that it comes with. The sensor-lens arrangement is finely tuned to take high quality images over a wide range of situations.

Zoom In

This camera is capable of taking photos over quite a distance. The lens can zoom in to 30 times more than standard focus (30 X) which lets you take pictures of subjects that are at quite a distance away from you. Get in on the action without even physically being there as long as you are within the 30 X range of the camera to capture that awesome shot you always wanted.

Auto Mode

Most camera that come with Auto Mode for Focusing, do so at the expense of speed. The Canon PowerShot on the hand is perfectly capable of taking pictures in the Auto Focus mode, with little or no lag in speed between focusing and clicking the perfect shot.

Ultra Slim

This camera is ultra-compact and loaded with a really powerful wide-angle lens with optical zoom along the range of 24 – 720 mm. The slim profile can easily trick you into thinking that the camera skimps on features to fit into the profile. On closer examination however, you can see that you have most if not all the manual controls that can be seen on a quintessential DSLR camera. This provides you with quality in all your well times images.

Intelligent IS

This camera is capable of setting the IS levels automatically for almost all situations which results in crystal clear pictures that can be captured by just about anyone with the photographer’s eye. Capture the precious moments in the form of photos or videos. The intelligent IS can eliminate shakes by simple analysis of the motion sensed through the camera body. Taking into account the subject and the camera, the Intelligent IS can identify the shot type and make adjustments accordingly. You also have Zoom with Framing Assist.

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Sales Package
  • Battery, Interface Cable, Lens Cap, CD Rom, Battery Charger, Getting Started Guide, Neck Strap
Model Name
  • SX500 IS
  • PowerShot
  • Point & Shoot
Effective Pixel
  • 16 MP
Optical Zoom
  • 30
Maximum Shutter Speed
  • 1/1600 sec
Sensor And Sensitivity Features
Sensor Type
  • CCD
Sensor Size
  • 1/2.3
ISO Rating
  • Auto ISO 100 - 1600
  • Evaluative, Center Weighted Average, Spot
Focus Features
Auto Focus
  • Yes
Manual Focus
  • Yes
Digital Zoom
  • 4x
Lens & Exposure Features
Lens Color Filter
  • Primary (RGB) Color Filter
Lens Focal Length
  • 4.3 (W) - 129.0 (T) mm (35 mm Equivalent to 24 - 720 mm)
Aperture Range
  • F3.4 (W) - F5.8 (T)
Minimum Shutter Speed
  • 15 sec sec
Modes And Functions
External Flash
  • Yes
Built-in Flash
  • Yes
Flash Modes
  • Auto, On, Slow Sync, Off
Flash Range
  • 0.5 - 5.0 m (W), 1.4 - 3.0 m (T)
HD Support
  • Yes
  • Yes
Red Eye Reduction
  • Yes
Macro Mode
  • Yes, 0 - 50 cm (W)
Other Features
  • DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, Focus Control System (Continuous AF, Servo AF / Servo AE), AF Frame (Face AiAF, Tracking AF, Center), Shooting Modes (Portrait, Face Self-Timer, Low Light, Snow, Fireworks, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Standard, iFrame Movie), Number of Recording Pixels (Movies iFrame Movie: 1280 x 720, Others: 1280 x 720, 640 x 480), 195 Shots (CIPA Compliant), 50 min Movie Recoding Time, Lens Construction: 13 Elements in 10 Groups (1 UD Lens, 1 Double-sided Aspherical Lens), Image Stabilization (3.5 Stop, Intelligent IS), AE Lock On and Off Selectable, Enhanced i-Contrast for Automatic Dynamic Range Correction, LCD Monitor Coverage (100%), Quick-bright LCD Brightness Adjustable, Flash Exposure Compensation ( 2 EV in increments of 1/3 EV), Face Detection FE, Safety FE, Flash Exposure Lock, 3 Level Manual Power Adjustment with Internal Flash, External Flash (Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2), Movie Modes (Smart Auto (21 Scenes Detected), Standard, iFrame Movie, Program AE, Portrait, Snow, Fireworks, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Drive Modes (Single, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer), Compression (Superfine, Fine), Movies (HD) 1280 x 720, 25 fps (Large), 640 x 480, 30 fps, Miniature Effect (HD) 5 fps (Large), 2.5 fps, 1.25 fps, iFrame Movie (HD) (Large), Movie Length (HD) (Upto 4 GB or 29 min 59 sec, Large Upto 4 GB or 1 hr), Intelligent Orientation Sensor, Histogram, Digital Image Rotation, In-camera Red-eye Fix, Audio Recording, Zoom Framing Assist, Resizing an Image, Cropping an Image, Saturation Control, Subject Detection Technology, Exif Print Support, Smart Auto, Live View Control, Digital Noise Reduction, Camera Orientation Detection, Sharpness Control, Contrast Control, Direct Print, 2x - 10x Playback Zoom, HDMI-CEC Compatible, Operating Temperature: 0° C - 40° C, Operating Humidity 10% - 90%
White Balancing
  • Auto (Including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Shooting Modes
  • Smart Auto (32 Scenes Detected), Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual, Live View Control, SCN, Creative Filters, Discreet, Movie
Auto Mode
  • Yes
Audio And Video Features
Video Format
  • MOV, H.264, iFrame
Audio Video Interface
  • Audio / Video Output (NTSC, PAL)
Audio Format
  • Linear PCM (Stereo)
Image Features
Image Sizing
  • 4608 x 3456 (4:3)
Image Format
  • JPEG, EXIF 2.3, DCF, DPOF 1.1
Image Stabilizer
  • Yes
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Face Detection
  • Yes
Continuous Shots
  • Yes, 0.8 fps (In P Mode), 2.8 fps (In Low Light Mode)
Other Resolution Features
  • 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3264 x 2448 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small), 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4608 x 2592 (Large), 3264 x 1832 (Medium 1), 1920 x 1080 (Medium 2), 640 x 360 (Small), 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4608 x 3072 (Large), 3264 x 2176 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1064 (Medium 2), 640 x 424 (Small), 1:1 Aspect Ratio: 3456 x 3456 (Large), 2448 x 2448 (Medium 1), 1200 x 1200 (Medium 2), 480 x 480 (Small), Resize in Playback (M2, S, XS)
Storage & Power Features
Upgradable Memory
  • Yes
Card Type
  • SD / SDHC / SDXC
Battery Type
  • Lithium Battery
Connectivity & Display Features
  • Yes
  • Hi-speed USB
  • Mini HDMI
Display Size
  • 3 inch
LCD Display
LCD Display Image Resolution
  • 461,000 dots
LCD Display Video Resolution
  • 1280 x 720
Additional Features
View Finder
  • Yes
Wide Angle
  • Yes
  • 24 mm Wide-angle
  • Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3, MAC OS X 10.6, MAC OS X 10.7
Red Eye Reduction
  • Yes
Supported Languages
  • 30
Camera Body Weight
  • 341 g
  • 104 (W) x 69.5 (H) x 80.2 (D) mm
Warranty Summary
  • 2 Years Canon India Warranty and Free Transit Insurance
Warranty Service Type
  • Customer needs to carry the product to the nearby Authorized Service Center to get the product repaired or inspected.
Ratings & Reviews
104 Ratings &
30 Reviews
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  • 2
  • 1

Value for Money--Nothing to match its Zoom of 30X at this price.

Hi -- I am nature freak and treak atleast once a Month and certainly wanted a Camera which has a Decent ZooM( Decent Definition is was anything above 10X).

I just bought this a week back and pretty impressed with its Manual feature options and Looks---I like it slightly more than my wife.

1. Not required a Net strap as it is just 360grams and dont feel really heavy
2. Very Light on hand and Pocket too.......
3. 30X Zoom optical is Amazing and 30x additiona zoon on Digital can go upto ...

Chethan Achar

7 Apr, 2013

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Superlative Performance. Excellent Manual Settings. Traveler Friendly. Almost an SLR.

I purchased this camera on 2nd April. Used it for a month, for the industrial product and medical product photos. I have mainly used this camera indoors (clicking small parts / products packings). Here is my review after 800+ pictures:

1) Excellent Manual Settings
2) Very good under Low Light Conditions
3) Image Stability is good
4) Compact size and light weight
5) Very user friendly functions
6) Economical

1) Panorama feature is not available. But that is the case with every C...

Mustufa Baldiwala

Certified Buyer

3 May, 2013

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Very good camera with this price range

This is the one of the best product I have used till in my life. it is very good in clarity of photos. the lamp of the camera is enough to take photo in dark in night. It is also very good for distance scene. I recommend others to buy this product as of my experience


29 May, 2013

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Awesome camera under 20K

I have bought this camera when it just arrived in india.
i have very good experience using this has a compact body and gives 30x optical zoom.
Awesome looks.features like setting ISO manually has a separate button.Zoom framing assistance button also given which helps to locate objects.

Prashant Kumar

15 Oct, 2012

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Best camera in for ammeture photographers

I like this camera because:
- Very slim, low weight. It is an huge difference then other bulky bridge cameras in this range. I checked Nikon 820 and Sony H300 along with this in store. And this is the best one.
- Lithium battery, Fast to Charge. Nikon and Sony has AA batteries.
- Image Stabilizer is really good.
- Nikon 820 has CMOS sensor, but I compared images from Nikon 820 and this camera. There is no major difference.
- Color detailing of this camera is better then Sony and Nikon.

I do ...

Devang Vyas

30 Nov, 2013

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One of the best

In this price range there is no other camera that can beat this one.
For those who want to feel SLR but can't due to pocket i highly recommend this one.
There is only one drawback that it takes some time to focus at 25 or 30x zoom otherwis a greate camera highly compatible,photo clearty is awesome

And for those who think sensor is weak and...... Go for SLR you dont't deserve to own this camera

Genuin one

12 Jun, 2013

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The cheap CCD senor is big drawback in this camera for this price range. Im wondering why canon did not use CMOS sensor which would have increased the image quality in low light conditions and also faster FPS performance

DjZia Prodigal Son

7 Feb, 2013

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Big things comes in small packages !!!

Synopsis - Pros
1. Light weight - Very comfortable to hold & carry anywhere at entry level photography
2. User Friendly - Need not to be a professional photographer to use it
3. Awesome Clarity - on LCD, laptop & on print media
4. Superb Zoom - 30 X optical & 60 X smart zoom is too good at this price
5. Smart Auto mode - with 32 scene detection
6. Practically High Resolution images & videos
7. Cost Effective - Worth buying at this cost

Synopsis - Cons
1. Heavy battery consumption on vid...

Dr Nilesh Deshmukh

Certified Buyer

9 Oct, 2013

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Just got one..!!

Good camera at this price. Stylish, SLR feel, Compact, Good zoom. I heard this model is getting discontinued shortly, if anyone interested, go for it. Best buy at Flipkart price.
Go for canon, specialized in professional cameras..!!


30 Jun, 2013

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Not for proffesional Photography: Noisy Picture

Though the 30x optical zoom is amazing and it can be used as a telescope,the pictue quality is not is too much noisy and details are not available in the telephoto, suppose is because most probably for small ccd sensor. I think the sensor should be CMOS. More over the manual focus facility also not available in this camera, it creats too much problem to soot an object while the object is in darkness but in the bachground there is light. But the main problem is the noise ...

Somnath Chatterjee

22 Dec, 2013

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