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Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Full HD Video and Ultra Wide Angle Lens (Brown)
- 12.1 effective megapixels, 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity CMOS; 4.4x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom; Aperture and Shutter priority modes
- 3.2 in. touch panel Pure Color LCD display with wide angle viewing; Built-in flash; Full 1080p HD video with stereo sound
- Optical Image Stabilizer; DIGIC 4 Image Processor; High-speed Burst Mode; Super Slow Motion
- Smart AUTO (32 scenes); Movie Digest Mode; Toy Camera Effect; Monochrome; Face Detection; Red-eye Correction
- USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; HDMI; SD card slot (card not included)
- Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash
- Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access.
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||180 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3.4 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||461,000|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||AiAF TTL|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|HDMI Type||Mini Connector|
|ISO Range||Auto 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.2 x 0.98 x 3.98 inches|
|Item Display Weight||165 grams|
|Item Weight||0.41 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.996 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.355 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||3 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0 - F5.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/1600 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Memory Storage Capacity||0.01 GB|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Processor Description||DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology|
|Processor Model Number||500 HS|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NB-6L rechargeable battery & charger|
|Touch Screen Type||Yes|
|Video Capture Format||H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
From the Manufacturer
Experience the Power.
Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash and lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.
The Canon HS SYSTEM takes the frustration out of low light shooting. The system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact, and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. Beautiful low light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds, and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.
The system is the result of two technologies brought together in a compact PowerShot. The first is the 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, which positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas. Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS SYSTEM is Canon's advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing.
Memorable Moments in Spectacular Full HD.Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access. Zoom optically while shooting video and keep footage stabilized with Dynamic IS.
|Experiencing the brilliance of Full 1080p HD video in a Canon PowerShot ELPH digital camera has never been easier. With the convenient dedicated movie button, you'll be able to instantly record everyday moments in amazing life-like realism at a push of a button. You can also operate the optical zoom while shooting video so you can get in close–but don't worry about shaky footage because Dynamic IS will help keep your videos steady!|| |
Get the Shot You Want with Just a Touch.A large 3.2-inch touch panel LCD offers easy and intuitive operation.
Experience the advancement of touch screen technology with the PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera. Simply touch the screen to choose and track an AF point, change camera settings, record and play videos and much, much more! Let Canon bring the art of photography to your fingertips and have fun viewing the every day moments on a big, bright screen in amazing detail.
A Big Lens for Big Ambitions.
A bright f/2.0 lens, 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens, great for shooting portrait photography in low light conditions or using a shallow depth-of-field for great images with beautiful soft backgrounds.
The PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera sports an f/2.0 aperture, perfect for creating enticing portraits, by drawing attention to the face and blurring the background with its impressively shallow depth-of-field. The large aperture also does more. It lets you capture more nuances in low light shooting by using more of the available light. The 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens puts more into every frame so you can easily photograph landscapes, tall buildings and large groups of people.
A PowerShot that Keeps Up with the Action.
Get high-speed shooting in a point-and-shoot camera: High-speed Burst Mode captures 8.2fps and Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow slow motion playback.
Sometimes, the action just won't stop for you. The PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera is equipped with High-Speed Burst Mode that can capture 8.2 frames per second, letting you catch every single detail in pure Canon brilliance.
You can also add a fun slow motion effect to you videos with Super Slow Motion Movie. Super Slow Motion Movie will record your clips at a high speed so that when you watch your videos, they'll be playing in slow motion.
Clarity and Stability at Your Fingertips.
4.4x Optical Zoom Lens and Optical Image Stabilizer.
A 4.4x Optical Zoom lens enables you to capture subjects that are close and far away. The added bonus of an Optical Image Stabilizer ensures that every moment you photograph will come out amazingly clear and focused.
Advanced Smart AUTO for Stills and Videos that Shine.
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
The PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera takes the quality of your still images and videos to a whole new level - automatically. The camera's advanced Smart AUTO system detects a wealth of information about the scene you're shooting, then automatically selects the optimal settings for you. Now with an expanded range of 32 shooting scenarios, the camera handles a wide variety of situations, freeing you up to concentrate on composing your shot and capturing the moment you're looking for. From portraits to landscapes to action scenes, the PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera has you covered whether you're shooting stills or videos.
|Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 Functions||Canon PowerShot ELPH Series Features |
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Movie Format Capabilities:
-Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24 fps for up to 14 min. and 34 sec. or 4GB per clip.
-HD (1280 x 720p) at 30 fps for up to 20 min. 43 sec. or 4GB per clip.
-VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps for up to 43 min. and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip.
-QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour 58 min. and 19 sec. or 4GB per clip.
-iFrame Movie format (1280 x 720) at 30 fps for up to 13 min. and 35 sec. or 4GB per clip.
Super Slow Motion Movie
Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.
Actual results may vary from examples shown above.
Final image may vary depending on picture composition. Shoot it Your Way.
Aperture- and Shutter-priority modes for extra control of your images.
For photography enthusiasts, the ability to control aperture and shutter speed is key. The Aperture- and Shutter-priority modes on the Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera make it easy for anyone to take extra control over the look and feel of images captured.
In Aperture-priority mode, you set the aperture and the camera automatically selects an appropriate shutter speed. This lets you create sharp subjects with beautifully blurred backgrounds, and landscapes with foreground, middle ground and background all in focus.
Shutter-priority mode lets you choose a shutter speed while the camera automatic ally selects the aperture. Higher shutter speeds are great for catching stop-action shots of moving subjects, while lower shutter
Easily Turn Your Memories into Videos.
Movie Digest Mode records a short video clip right before shooting a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into one video.
Putting together a video containing highlights from family vacations, important occasions and other special events is now easier than you might imagine. Using the Movie Digest Mode, you can have the camera automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) every time you shoot a still image. The camera will then combine an entire day's worth of clips into a single video. No editing required – Movie Digest Mode does all the work, so you can sit back and enjoy your video!
Add some Fun to Your Photos!
New scene modes, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome, add an artistic look to your photos.
Monochrome lets you sway away from the usual black & white combination. Now you can choose from three single-toned effects: Black & White, Sepia or Blue to really give your photos the effect you're looking for.
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Top Customer Reviews
Cosmetic PROS: Unlike some of the SD and Elph cameras in the past, this one feels solid. Canon even improved, to some extent, the flimsy-feeling battery door. It is a HUGE improvement over the previous flimsy plastic doors on earlier models. The large 3"x1" screen is sharp and beautiful and gives an accurate depiction of what your camera will capture. Switching between full program mode and full automatic is a simple slide button on the top of the camera allowing an advanced user and a novice to both have their options easily. This also prevents any accidental mode changes that can happen with setting-wheels or external buttons.
Cosmetic CONS: The lens cover seems a touch too loose, at least on my specific camera. It rattles and moves slightly when handling the camera after the power is off and the cover is closed. Not a deal breaker by any stretch of the imagination, but you might notice this rattle too. The card slot, at least on my specific camera, is strangely snug. When I slide the card into place, there is some friction that made me question whether I was forcing it into the slot in the wrong direction. I pushed the card in until it clicked into place, but then it did not rebound like normal (like when clicking the top of a retracting ball-point pen.) Again, it may just be my specific camera. (Edit: I forgot to mention that while the battery door is now more durable, the A/V door feels very flimsy. It doesn't swing out like a door.Read more ›
1: 500HS has a 2.0 f stop which means it will preform better in low light than the SX230 (f/3.1)
2: 500HS has better macro at 3cm vs 5cm for those extreme close ups
3. 500HS shoots 3.4fps vs 0.8 in the SX230
4. SX230 has a GPS which I could careless about. What is the point of this? We have survived for years without it. Why all of a sudden is this important?
5. SX230 has great zoom but clarity and light is lost the farther you zoom so its not really a benefit to me.
The SX230 is a great camera but the above mentioned which directly affects picture quality pushed me to the 500HS. Good luck in your search but I am very pleased with this camera. The touch screen is very nice and I actually had no problem switching over from standard dials. Though it may slow you down in between shots I find the menus well thought out and very easy to navigate.
I haven't gotten into manual controls yet but can only imagine it will get better. This review is meant for the standard point and shoot crowd. The pictures in "auto" speak for themselves.
I would only recommend they think about putting a collapsible, removable metal shade (based on 2-1/4 camera viewfinder technology) on the back of the camera, because even with the display at full luminosity, in bright sunlight, it's difficult to compose a shot since it doesn't have viewfinder.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This camera is great! It provides crisp, clear images and videos, especially in low-light situations, and it is very user-friendly.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful, Bat Mitzvah present for a budding photographer. She LOVED the touch screen. She's been taking beautiful pics and videos and I feel like I got a great camera for the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arbaror
My 12 year-old daughter is really happy with this camera. It has tons of features, and the touchscreen is very responsive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Noseybody
I love this camera. It takes great indoor pictures with the low light setting, was easy to learn to use and holds its charge pretty well.Published 3 months ago by Janet A. Vincent
It's easy to use and has very good picture quality. The touch screen takes a little getting her to - like everything, but is becoming quite handy to use. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I know it sounds silly, but for my wife to use a camera, it has to be pink. Not hot pink, a nice calm pink like this Canon ELPH 500 HS. Read morePublished 8 months ago by K. Gilmore
I used it for four months, and the photos taken are nice. Suddenly, it cannot be switched on any more!Published 9 months ago by FONG HS