Canon SX500 16.0 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

On August 21 2012, Canon announced the PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS SuperZoom compact cameras. The PowerShot SX500 IS is the world's smallest 30x optical zoom (up to 720mm) camera, while the PowerShot SX160 IS features a 16x optical zoom in a compact body.

The SX500 features a 16 Megapixels sensor, a 24mm wide angle lens, DIGIC 4 image processor, Intelligent IS system, 3.0-inch LCD screen, and HD video at full-telephoto zoom. There is also a Zoom Framing Assist feature - when you lose sight of your subject after zooming in, this feature will quickly zoom out to help you re-locate and frame your subject. A frame box appears on the LCD as a guide to place your subject in. The lens retraction and extension is faster using the Zoom Framing Assist button than the zoom lever. The PowerShot SX500 IS is listed for $329.99.

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Canon Powershot SX500 IS Camera Reviews Roundup


Steve's Digicam - Mar 03 2013
"Image quality is a mixed bag with this PowerShot model, as you're going to create photos that look great at first glance on the camera's LCD screen and on your computer. If you make smaller-sized prints, you'll be pleased with the results most of the time. Colors are accurate and the exposure levels are good. Once you blow those images up to a large size, t..." More »
Not Rated
CNET US - Feb 01 2013
"As is the case with many point-and-shoots, how satisfied you are with the SX500 IS' photo quality is going to depend on your needs and expectations. If you're expecting stellar digital SLR-quality images, you'll be disappointed. The same goes for great low-light photos. What the SX500 is good for is outdoor shots in good lighting for small prints (8x10 or s..." More »
70out of 100
Photography BLOG - Oct 22 2012
"If you're after a little compact that gives you most of the features and control of a prosumer/DSLR then the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is perfect. It has the large zoom to cover all eventualities as well as auto and manual controls to either let you express your inner artist or simply give control over to the camera so you don't have to worry. There are nift..." More »
80out of 100
Trusted Reviews - Oct 02 2012
"While it's a shame that the SX500 doesn't offer the ability to record 1080p Full HD video, the movie capture mode otherwise performs quite well. You can choose from a range of different capture modes, and it's also possible to apply some of the digital effects filters that are offered in stills mode should you want to. Elsewhere, the SX500 generally feels q..." More »
80out of 100
Pocket-lint - Sep 29 2012
"Impressive though the range is, it's the quality of the glass that lacks. Close inspection of images shows purple and green "fringes" that protrude from contrastic subject edges - known as chromatic aberrations - which, while not a null-and-void disaster, are one of those major undesirables in photography. No prize for that issue then. The maximum..." More »
70out of 100
Camera Labs - Sep 26 2012
"The SX500 IS is fitted with the same 16 Megapixel CCD sensor and Digic 4 processor as the budget PowerShot models including the A810 and A1300. That means it lacks higher ISO sensitivities and hand-held Night Scene mode of the HS models that use the CMOS sensor and Digic 5 combination. But it has excellent image stablisation so don't rule it out for low-lig..." More »
85out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Sep 22 2012
"The SX500 IS is a fine addition to the PowerShot family. It's relatively cheap yet packed with some premium features, and compact yet sturdy. It's also pretty straightforward in terms of control, but features enough options to significantly manipulate your images in-camera. In general, it's a well-rounded and intuitive superzoom. The lack of a viewfinder is..." More »
Not Rated
CNET UK - Sep 13 2012
"The SX500 IS performed best under studio lighting, as is often the case in the still-life test, which involves shooting the same collection of everyday objects under studio lights, ambient light and using the on-board flash. It self-selected a sensitivity of ISO 200 under studio lights. There was a little noise in the result, but otherwise the results were..." More »
70out of 100
ePhotoZine - Sep 10 2012
"Image quality is good with the lens performing well in a variety of conditions. Barrel distortion is low when shooting wide-angle, and pincushion distortion is very low when shooting at the telephoto end. There is some purple fringing visible in the shot of the Trees above, as well as noticeable chromatic aberrations in the wide shot of Thoresby hall. ZoomP..." More »
80out of 100

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