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Canon 16MP PowerShot SX500 IS 30x SuperZoom First Look Review by DCI

2012-09-22 02:40 | Source
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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. Here's the summary of first look review by DigitalCameraInfo:

"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 definitely a concern, especially given the highly reflective LCD display, so if you plan on shooting outside a lot you may want to look elsewhere.

When it comes down to it, the appeal of the SX500 IS is its price. If you're fine with a point-and-shoot that delivers solid image quality, some nifty features, and a 30x optical zoom, all for about $300, then the SX500 IS is a good deal. But if you're really looking to step up your photography game, we think you should be a bit more ambitious and go with the SX50 HS, or even an entry-level Micro Four Thirds model."

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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 »
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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

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