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Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black

  • Model: SX500IS
  • 16.0 Megapixel
  • 30.0X Optical Zoom
  • Memory Expandable via SD Card
  • 3.0" High Resolution LCD Screen
  • Built-in Automatic Flash with Red Eye Reduction
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
Zoom Lens
30.0X Optical Zoom
Memory Expansion
Memory Expandable via SD Card
LCD Screen
3.0" High Resolution LCD Screen
Flash
Built-in Automatic Flash with Red Eye Reduction
Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization
Video Output
Yes
USB Connection
USB Connection - Cable Included
Movie Mode
HD Movie Mode
Rechargeable Battery Type
Lithium-Ion Battery Included
Battery Charger
Battery Charger Included
Face Detection
Yes
Includes Software
Yes
Shipping Weight
2 lbs
Warranty Terms - Parts
12 Months
Warranty Terms - Labor
12 Months

The PowerShot SX500 IS gives you all the power of super zoom in a camera that's sized to go everywhere! The extremely powerful 30x Optical Zoom with 24mm Wide-Angle Lens (35mm equivalent: 24-720mm) gives you true shooting versatility, while the Optical Image Stabilizer ensures crisp, brilliant images at any zoom length. Image quality is spectacular thanks to the 16.0 Megapixel sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor, and you can capture stunningly realistic 720p HD video in stereo sound with a simple press of the movie button. An enhanced Zoom Framing Assist button helps you track and capture subjects for sharp super telephoto photography, and new High Speed AF dramatically reduces lag time so you'll never miss a shot. Just hold the PowerShot SX500 IS in your hand to experience what makes the new design so special. The camera's slim, compact body is proportioned in perfect relation to the giant zoom, while rounded corners with angled grips are a natural fit for the palm of your hand. Zoom right onto the field to capture sports action, achieve those wide-angle travel shots, preserve memories of special events as beautiful HD video - it's all possible with the PowerShot SX500 IS!

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Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black
 
4.1

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (30)
  • Excellent image quality (26)
  • Lightweight/portable (26)
  • Simple controls/menu (26)
  • Nice features/settings (24)

Cons

  • Poor low-light performance (8)
  • Poor image quality (6)
  • Short battery life (5)
  • Dim LCD (3)

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1.0

Worst ever purchased

By Dee

from Southampton, NY

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor build quality
    • Slow Auto-Focus

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

      A plastic piece around the lens is only glued in and when you take the lens cover off the plastic piece is stuck in the lens cover. Now the plastic piece is completely gone and the cover will not go on the lens. The camera freezes all the time and will not take pictures. The word busy is constantly being displayed. I have had other Canon power shots and loved them. This model I totally dislike and am frustrated every time I use it.

       
      5.0

      Canon SX 50

      By Stevehoutx

      from Houston, Tx

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Easy to use
      • Excellent Image Quality
      • good low-light performance
      • Incredible zoom
      • lightweight/portable
      • Nice features/settings
      • Simple controls/menu

      Cons

      • Short battery life

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

        I compared this camera side-by-side with another Canon SX 50 and from that we found the image stabilizer and the auto focus were not working correctly. We compared the photo image at a 100 times and 200 times. My Canon SX 50 would not stay focused. The image stabilizer was very unstable. I am sending this camera back to Canon for a replacement. This is a great camera. Mine may somehow have missed the quality inspections. Hopefully I can change my review when I get my replacement

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        This camera was such a ...

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

        This camera was such a disappointment after spending two weeks on vacation and taking tons of great photos I came home and downloaded the pics to my computer to find out that there is a time and date stamp on every photo that you can't remove! Who wants a time and date stamp on their pictures? the worst part is that the photos never show the date on them when you view them through the camera they only showed up after I downloaded them. What a horrible piece of garbage cannon! Nobody wants that stupid feature or option anyway! thanks for ruining all my photos!

         
        5.0

        love my camera!

        By zann

        from Undisclosed

        Pros

        • Bright LCD
        • Durable
        • Easy to use
        • Excellent Image Quality
        • Good battery life
        • lightweight/portable
        • Nice features/settings
        • Simple controls/menu

        Cons

        • poor low-light performance

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

          I received this camera as a Christmas gift in 2012 and just love everything about it! Easy settings, nice quality photos every time! The only problem i can think of is that sometimes it gets finiky with low light and doesnt want to take the photo.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent camera

          By Ktana234

          from NY

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Durable
          • Easy to use
          • Excellent Image Quality
          • Good battery life
          • good low-light performance
          • lightweight/portable
          • Nice features/settings
          • Simple controls/menu

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

              This is one of the many cameras that I have but the canon powershot sx500 is is the best. Not only is it portable and small but it also has a 30x zoom and 60x super zoom. This camera has a number of scene modes and effects which make my photos clear and vibrant. I would recommend this product because it is easy to use and has a long battery life.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome picture quality, and excellent product.

              By Sach

              from Dar es Salaam

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Durable
              • Easy to use
              • Excellent Image Quality
              • Good battery life
              • good low-light performance
              • lightweight/portable
              • Nice features/settings
              • Simple controls/menu

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

                  I bought this camera Canon SX500IS on 2nd Nov 2013, It very good I would recommend to my friends. Excellent quality product, awesome pictures . Easy to use. Probably Canon would have provided soft case with it, would have have appreciated. Thanks canon. I did not fond any Cons, because it is perfect for my use specially outings, travelling and short safari.

                  (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Wish I had my money back

                  By SandyN

                  from Undisclosed

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Complicated controls/menu
                    • Difficult to use
                    • heavy/bulky
                    • Missing features/settings
                    • Short battery life

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

                      Every time I have used this camera for one single occasion (no more than a couple of hours each time), I have had to recharge the battery. Fortunately (?) the guy at store recommended that I get a second battery. Since one battery is always charged, that helps. I do not like that the lens doesn't close up (prone to scratches); I do not like the short battery life; it does not indicate on the screen which setting I'm using; it does not fit in my purse. In short, I regret buying the camera. I will buy another camera but will do a LOT more homework. The reviews on this one did not indicate the problems I am experiencing. I can't even think of anyone I want to pass this camera along to.

                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I LOVE my Canon camera

                      By kdldreamer

                      from Morganton, GA

                      Pros

                      • Bright LCD
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to use
                      • Excellent Image Quality
                      • Good battery life
                      • good low-light performance
                      • great stablization; no blurred photos
                      • lightweight/portable
                      • Nice features/settings
                      • Simple controls/menu

                      Cons

                      • there are no cons.

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

                        I love my camera (Canon Powershot SX500IS) because of the 50 X zoom. It enable me to take pictures of the moon and the detail was incredible. A friend has a DSLR high end camera and lens that couldn't get the close up shot that I did. Canon will always be my camera of choice because I have never had to replace one. I only buy a new camera when Canon has developed a camera with features that my other Canon cameras don't have (example 50X zoom). Canon cameras enable me to always take beautiful unblurred photos. I LOVE my Canon cameras.

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Expected better.

                        By asinate

                        from Hawaii

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Poor image quality
                          • poor low-light performance
                          • Poor video quality
                          • Short battery life

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

                            I bought this camera brand new. I was a little bummed because at first I wanted the Canon Elph 110 for vlogging purposes, but the store I went to had sold out of the Elph so I had to pull out a little extra cash for this camera. As it was $90 more. I know the capabilities of the Elph because my friend has one, and this camera although more expensive and quoted to take crisp photos, does not amount to the elph *digital* camera! The video quality on the Canon SX500 IS is grainy and performs horribly in all lighting except outdoors. The best photos are taken on auto if the object is still. I shouldn't have wasted my money, and my warranty is up. Canon you let me down, for the very first time. But I do love my 60D!!!! I just wish I could get my hands on the Canon Elph 110.

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent camera but...

                            By Hector

                            from Undisclosed

                            Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

                            After owning a Rebel ET for years decided to go smaller. It fits my needs totally. Really wanted a camera with video. Although I am satisfied with the camera I was a bit disappointed that the soft carrying case, PSC-4050, would not accept my camera because it was too small. Other than that I love all your canon cameras.

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