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Top Features
  • Powerful 30x Optical Zoom
  • 24mm Wide-Angle Lens
  • Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist Button

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What's in the box
  • Battery Pack NB-6L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LY
  • Lens Cap
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS 16-megapixel Digital Camera

Advanced Optics Capture the World as You See It.

Powerful 30x Optical Zoom with 24mm Wide-Angle Lens
Given the PowerShot SX500 IS`s compact size and attractive proportions, it is especially impressive that the camera is equipped with a mega-powerful 30x Optical Zoom. With a 35mm film equivalent focal length that extends all the way from 24mm to 720 mm, your shooting reach is superb: you`ll capture telephoto shots with detail like never before. The Wide-Angle Lens gives your images a distinctive sweep and grandeur, capturing landscapes, cityscapes, tall buildings and wide groups of people with ease. Genuine Canon optics ensure that your images are resonant with the clarity and brilliance made possible by Canon`s decades of industry leadership in optical technology.

Powerful Core Specs Deliver Beautiful Images.

16.0 Megapixel Image Sensor
The PowerShot SX500 IS`s 16.0 Megapixel CCD sensor delivers impressive photos with fine detail and brilliant color. The high resolution ensures superb image quality even when cropping or making very large prints.

Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC Image Processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor has ushered in a new level of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, Full HD video and Face Detection Self-timer. New, more powerful noise reduction algorithms also provide improved low-light capture.

Preserve and Share Your Memories in Spectacular HD.

Canon HD Video Advantage
The PowerShot SX500 IS lets you record amazingly detailed 720p HD video at 25 frames per second with clear stereo sound. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot high definition video whenever you want, right from your compact digital camera. Watching your videos and sharing them with family and friends is especially easy with the camera`s HDMI output: you can connect the camera directly to your HDTV with an optional HDMI cable, and see your videos on the big screen right away.

Dedicated Movie Button, Wind Filter and Optical Zoom While Shooting
It`s never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot SX500 IS has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want. The camera also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. And the PowerShot SX500 IS lets you use the full range of optical zoom when you`re shooting a video, without sacrificing HD video resolution.

iFrame Movie Support
With the PowerShot SX500 IS, you can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions.

Compose Your Shots in High Resolution.

High-Resolution 3.0-inch LCD
Composing and checking your shots is easier with PowerShot SX500 IS`s clear, high-resolution LCD (approximately 461,000 dots). The extra resolution also makes using the camera`s menu functions more convenient. The large screen is easily viewable from a wide angle, whether you`re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

A Smarter Camera Means Better Photos and Videos.

Smart AUTO
The PowerShot SX500 IS features Smart AUTO: sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. Smart AUTO automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture, whether you`re shooting stills or video. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects like animals and vehicles. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.

A Steady Image Is a Beautiful Image.

Intelligent IS
The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS, analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image.
  • Normal Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
  • Panning Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
  • Hybrid Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
  • Dynamic Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
  • Powered Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
  • Tripod When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.
Super Telephoto Shooting Made Easy.

Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist Button
With its 30x Optical Zoom lens, the PowerShot SX500 IS has the telephoto reach to capture subjects a long distance away. At maximum telephoto, however, it can be challenging to track a moving subject. Zoom Framing Assist makes it much easier to use the camera`s powerful zoom lens. When you press and hold the Zoom Framing Assist function button, the camera will automatically zoom out to include a wider angle of view, enabling you to more easily locate your moving subject. Once you find it, releasing the button will cause the lens to return to its original zoom position, intelligently keeping the subject in focus until you`re ready to shoot and capture the perfect close-up moment.

For enhanced versatility, the PowerShot SX500 IS now allows you to make adjustments to zoom while the button is pressed, with an animated assist frame that makes viewing easy. When the button is released, the lens will return to the adjusted zoom position.

Faster Focus Helps You Capture Every Shot.

High Speed AF
The PowerShot SX500 IS is equipped with Canon`s latest advancements in Autofocus (AF) technology. Canon`s newly developed AF achieves a significant increase in speed, for a shooting experience that`s spontaneous and natural. The remarkably responsive High Speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with reduced lag time.

Several engineering breakthroughs contributed to this major enhancement to speed. In addition to improved AF algorithms, the camera can process multiple sequences simultaneously, and takes advantage of reworked controls between AF and the start of shooting.
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Features & Specs

Additional Information

Product ID 117994
UPC 013803156881
Brand Canon
SKU 117994
Manufacturers Part Number PowerShot SX500 IS
Product Weight 0.75
Detailed Specifications Image Capture Device
  • Type: 6.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD
  • Total Pixels: Approx. 16.6 Megapixels
  • Effective Pixels: Approx. 16.0 Megapixels

  • Lens
  • Focal Length: 4.3 (W) - 129.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-720mm)
  • Digital Zoom: 4x
  • Focusing Range: Normal/Auto: 0 in (0cm) - infinity (W), 4.6 ft. (1.4m) - infinity (T), Macro AF: 0 in - 1.6 ft. (0-50cm) (W)
  • Autofocus System: TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus

  • Viewfinders
  • Optical Viewfinder: N/A
  • LCD Monitor: 3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle
  • LCD Pixels: Approx. 461,000 dots
  • LCD Coverage: Approx. 100%

  • Aperture and Shutter
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.4 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
  • Shutter Speed: 1-1/1600 sec., 15-1/1600 sec. (Total shutter speed range)

  • Exposure Control
  • Sensitivity: Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600
  • Light Metering Method:Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
  • * Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF
  • ** Metering frame is fixed to the center
  • Exposure Control Method: Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift; AE Lock
  • Exposure Compensation: Still Images: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments, Videos: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)

  • White Balance
  • White Balance Control: Auto*, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
  • * Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.

  • Flash
  • Built-in Flash: Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
  • Flash Range: 1.6 ft. - 16 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.8 ft. (T) (50cm - 5.0m (W), (1.4 - 3.0m (T))
  • Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance
  • Recycling Time: 10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
  • Flash Exposure Compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

  • Shooting Specifications
  • Shooting Modes: M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Auto*, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Discreet, Movie*3
  • *1 Portrait, Face Self-timer, Low Light, Snow, Fireworks
  • *2 Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
  • *3 Standard, iFrame Movie
  • Photo Effects: My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color*
  • *Adjustment of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available
  • Self Timer: Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom*
  • *Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
  • Wireless Control: N/A
  • Continuous Shooting: Normal: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in P mode), Normal: Approx. 2.8 shots/sec. (in Low Light mode), AF: Approx. 0.5 shots/sec. (in P mode), LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec. (in P mode)

  • Image Storage
  • Storage Media: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
  • File Format: Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
  • Image Recording Format: Superfine, Fine
  • JPEG Compression Mode: Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG), Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
  • Number of Recording Pixels
    Still Images:
  • Large: 4608 x 2592
  • Medium 1: 3264 x 1832
  • Medium 2: 1920 x 1080
  • Small: 640 x 360

  • [3:2]
  • Large: 4608 x 3072
  • Medium 1: 3264 x 2176
  • Medium 2: 1600 x 1064
  • Small: 640 x 424

  • [4:3]
  • Large: 4608 x 3456
  • Medium 1: 3264 x 2448
  • Medium 2: 1600 x 1200
  • Small: 640 x 480

  • [1:1]
  • Large: 3456 x 3456
  • Medium 1: 2448 x 2448
  • Medium 2: 1200 x 1200
  • Small: 480 x 480

  • Videos:
  • HD 1280 x 720: 25 fps
  • iFrame Movie HD 1280 x 720: 25 fps
  • Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 5 fps / 2.5 fps / 1.25 fps
  • Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
  • 640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)

  • Playback Specifications
    Playback Modes File
  • Stills & Videos:Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display, Active Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Image Search, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
  • Still Images: Single, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
  • Videos: Normal Playback*1, Skip Backward*2, Previous Frame*3, Next Frame*3, Skip Forward*2
  • Using the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer.
  • *1 Audio settings available in 5 levels
  • *2 Approximately 4 seconds
  • *3 Slow motion available

  • Erasing Specifications
  • Erase Modes: Select Image, Select Range, All Images
  • - The image data in the memory cared stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
  • - Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie (1 sec. increments) can be deleted.

  • Interfaces
  • Video Out: NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
  • Mini-HDMI connector
  • Audio Out: Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
  • Other: SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
  • Power Source: Battery Pack NB-6L, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit CA-DC40)
  • Shooting Capacity: Approx. 195 shots
  • Playback Time: Approx. 4 hours

  • Physical Specifications
  • Operating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
  • Operating Humidity: 10-90%
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.09 x 2.74 x 3.16 in. / 104.0 x 69.5 x 80.2mm
  • Weight: 12.0 oz. / 341g (CIPA standard), 11.2 oz. / 318g (camera only)
  • Note: 30 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese).
  • Color Black
    Width (inches) 4.09
    Height (inches) 2.74
    Compatbile Battery NB-6L