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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 30x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)

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  • 16 effective megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor
  • 3-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • 720p HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button
  • 24mm wide-angle lens with powerful 30x optical zoom and optical image stabilizer
  • 30x Optical Zoom and 24mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
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  • Built-in Flash
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 3.2 x 2.8 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00908BMVE
  • Item model number: 6353B001
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 20, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Super Zoom, Super Compact
PowerShot SX500 IS

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!


Advanced Optics Capture the World as You See It

PowerShot SX500 IS

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 720mm, 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

PowerShot SX500 IS

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.

 

PowerShot SX500 IS

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

Intelligent IS, the latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, 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.
Macro (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.

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.

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.

Additional Features

Face Detection Technology

Face Detection technology makes it easy for you to take great photos of people. The camera will automatically detect the face(s) in a frame to give it optimal focus, exposure, flash (if needed) and white balance. Face self-timer adds convenience to Face Detection because you can set the camera to release the shutter when someone enters the frame.


Shooting Modes

PowerShot cameras offer shooting modes that make it easy to take perfect photos in a wide range of shooting situations by providing intelligent presets with optimized settings.


Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
Manual You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Aperture-Priority You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Shutter-priority You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
Program Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
Smart AUTO The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Portrait The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”
Low Light For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Creative Filters This setting provides easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more.
Movie Record video in stereo sound. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.
Discreet Mode Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting—so you can capture images in quiet areas.
Live View Control Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.
Face Self-timer The camera waits for a face to enter the frame before releasing the shutter.

Special Scene Modes with Creative Filters

Special Scene Modes have fun and creative filters you can add to your photos without having to use a computer. You can make a quirky portrait using a Fisheye Lens Effect or add a beautiful single-tone effect with Monochrome. Toy Camera Effect simulates a vintage look as if capturing the photo using a "toy" or pinhole camera. Make a scene appear like a small-scale model with Miniature Effect, when shooting from a high vantage point. Super Vivid enhances an image for bright, intense colors while Poster Effect alters the contrast of an image for poster-like presentation.

Available in 30 Languages

There are now a total of 30 display languages from which you can choose: 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, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese.


Product Description

The Canon 6353B001 PowerShot SX500 IS 16MP Compact Digital Camera, in black, has a 24mm wide angle lens with an incredible 30x optical zoom. This is enough zoom power to shoot almost anything you could imagine, from wide angle expanses to ultra-telephoto close-ups. With the image quality of the 16MP CCD sensor and high-end performance from the DIGIC 4 image processor, whatever you can imagine will be reproduced in gorgeous colors, sharp focus and accurate exposure. The SX500 is that good. Quality is guaranteed. And so is speed. Autofocus speeds ensure you won't miss a shot and enhanced Zoom Framing Assist enables focus tracking and capture while shooting in the super-telephoto ranges that the 30x zoom allows. Crisp 720p HD Video with stereo sound is activated with a simple touch of one dedicated button and can immediately be screened on your HDTV. Plus the SX500 has a 461,000 dot 3.0" LCD display that can show off your handiwork with accurate colors and contrast.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Got this for my boyfriend as a gift, he loves using it, picture quality is good outdoors and indoors with flash. Low light photo quality is ok and the video quality is ok,… Read more ›
pictures are great,camera works better than anything I've had in a while,received fast. So far no problems,pictures and wide angle look great. Read more ›
Fell in love with this camera and very easy to use. The picture quality is outstanding. Kind of long in the tooth with shaky hands and the camera compensates for that. Read more ›
It is easy to use and so light to carry. My pictures are beautiful and bright! Read more ›
Pictures are amazing and thats just using the auto mode, haven't played around with the settings yet. So far I Love this camera!! Read more ›
I am still learning all the bells and whistles of the camera but so far I am very pleased. I wanted a good camera for vacation and the pictures were great! Read more ›
I bought it for my wedding and honeymoon and it takes great pictures. It's also very easy to use. My only complaint is that it's bulkier than my last camera, so it won't… Read more ›
Small, easy to use camera with decent image quality. My 10 yr old daughter absolutely loves it and has taken alot of pictures with it. Read more ›
Once again, it was easy to use. I just got back from a week in Key West, and wanted to take closeups of the beautiful flowers, as well as capture interesting things out in… Read more ›
I,m still getting use to all the features. But it easy to use. Take great photo. Read more ›
The absolute best digital camera ive ever owned!! It takes AMAZING ohotos everytime, its light weight and very easy to use! Read more ›
I've not had any problems. Very easy to use and easy for others to use. No more of you not being in any pics because no one else can use your camera. Read more ›
It works perfect for our growing family. The zoom is pretty awesome. I've been taking pictures of birds in the high trees near my home from my kitchen table, through the… Read more ›
Takes excellent pictures. Love the size and the zoom is just amazing. Read more ›
The position of a number…The zoom lens is wonderful and I have been successful taking photos of birds etc, but unfortunately that was not the reason I bought this camera. Read more ›
I couldn't stop taking pictures of it…The zoom was perfect for the scenic touring we did especially since the sheer size of everything was so large, but also so distant. Read more ›
This camera does not disappoint. The zoom is incredible. I was able to catch and zoom in on a jumping dolphin in the middle of the ocean and it is so close you can see it's… Read more ›
This is a great camera. The zoom is perfect for far away zooming. Takes beautiful pictures. Read more ›
I love this camera - the price is great and it takes fantastic photos. It's very easy to use and to understand - the manual is very straightforward and I am a doofus. Read more ›
My passion is waterfalls and the pictures and videos i have taken with this camera have been of the highest quality. Great features and i felt the price was very reasonable. Read more ›
But then (later than I would have liked), I found out that there are TONS…I honestly don't know why the price is so great for this piece of equipment - it's worth way more. Read more ›
The PowerShot SX500 is an easy to use camera with many…The price is greatly reduced, probably because it is being discontinued, but that did not deter me purchasing it. I… Read more ›
I can't even express in words how happy I am with this camera. It's such a step up, and the price is fantastic! Anyone complaining about, well, anything, is probably trying… Read more ›
Its a good cámara but it is not as expected. But relation price product is good. I thougth could be better because of description. Read more ›
Bought this as a step up from Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 before going on vacation. Being older model price was very good. Camera is still reasonably light and compact even… Read more ›
This camera takes wonderful photos up close. Seriously the micro-camera mode is amazing. The 30x optical zoom is nice, but not as amazing as I had hoped. Read more ›
Best camera I have ever owned. It is compact but packed with features - the auto-features work great if you are a lazy photographer like me. Takes amazing pictures has… Read more ›
I tried another computer and had the same result. Since I cannot use the movie mode but the camera mode works well, I'm returning the camera. Read more ›
Gives crisp, clear photos with minimum of effort. The AUTO setting is great and I am still learning all the other settings. Super MACRO photos too! Read more ›
Got some really great shots on cloudy days, indoors without flash and many other situations. The zoom function is unbelievably good. I did buy a monopod for these deep zoom… Read more ›
Overall: This camera would be great for any event, the video is great, and I am pretty happy with this camera. I would've been extremely happy if the cons were fixed, but… Read more ›
Is super cam, is perfect and has a good price everithing the video is perfect, of course is a good brand I just love it. Read more ›
Would highly recommend it. Takes beautiful photos,the zoom is outstanding and the 720p video is very good. Read more ›
The camera is small but easy to handle and lightweight. Taking videos is also easy and the results are nice. The videos are clear with very natural coloring which is what I… Read more ›
I was scared my expectations for what I wanted would be too high for what this camera is capable of, but I used the zoom to take amazing pictures and extremely clear… Read more ›
Sad some reviews did not appreciate it and seemed to compare it to professional grade camera's. It takes beautiful photos and video. Read more ›
It takes good pictures and videos. The size is perfect. The price even better. Read more ›
I love the zoom. it's perfect size and works well. Photos are clean and clear. Read more ›
Excelent shoot, the zoom is so potent. We think that was bigger, but size is perfect. Good product, I love it Read more ›
Love this camera. It is a nice size and pictures are really good. I'm a point and shoot person and this has been great. Read more ›
I have never been a camera person until I purchased this camera. It is a good size to take places so you never miss a shot. It has a clear picture and an amazing zoom. Read more ›
Was worried that I would not remember to lift the flash but all my pics were outside so it…It is the perfect size and weight when I don't want to carry around my Rebel xt. Read more ›
I'm extremely pleased with this purchase. The camera is small and easy to carry with the strap around my neck. When I want something I can slip in my pocket, I opt for the… Read more ›
I wanted a digital camera that was easy to use, compact and easy to carry. this camera was all that I wanted. Read more ›
Pro's: Price is right, it's light and compact and easy to carry around, additional batteries are reasonable (15$ for 2), it has fun features that take the place of… Read more ›
Looks bigger on the website, but nevertheless a great camera, easy to take pictures with and easy to carry around Read more ›
It is easy to use and easy to carry. Very happy with my purchase. Read more ›
All comparable cameras of this type are the same. It is small and easy to carry. You trade one think for another. Read more ›
I've had this camera for over 9 months and I love it. The lens is amazing and the zoom is powerful. Definitely a good buy. Read more ›
This was a gift to my Son and this camera takes awesome pictures! The Wide lens is a plus. Zoom works great! Read more ›
I am a Realtor and in my business clients like to see nice photos on the web of…The wide angle lens is great for taking interior shots and the zoom it terrific when needed. Read more ›
I had quite…You would think that this canon sx500 would perform better and not worst than the little tiny cameras out there since it's so much bigger and has a great lens. Read more ›
This lead to the battery not lasting as long. A good camera, good lens with a great zoom plus other great features. For me it was a tough one to return. Read more ›
This camera has a powerful telephoto lens...and when it works its great... Read more ›
So I gave this camera a try and I was surprised at how small it was when I received it. The camera seemed well built and the focusing was very quick!!!! The stabilization… Read more ›
I got this camera for Christmas yesterday and I'm pretty happy so far. The auto focus is pretty good in auto mode and manual mode is relatively easy to use. This is the… Read more ›
amazing eazy one handed clear focus. Now I have memories forever. Read more ›
Best camera I have ever owned. The zoom lens is terrific and focusing is even better. i am an amateur photographer and really enjoy this camera. Read more ›
Long time waiting to take one picture after another Not good focusing at night Read more ›
If you're going to a hockey game, you might also want to steer clear from…Especially in auto mode, the camera takes up to three full seconds to focus and shoot a picture. Read more ›
Camera is just too small I am 74 years old and I would have liked a camera that was easier to hold. Read more ›
The camera I returned only had 12 megapixels and the…The camera body is bigger than the SX210, easy to hold and the buttons easy to use for people that have hand problems. Read more ›
This camera is awesome. It is amazingly simple to use, takes great pictures and is very easy to hold. The zoom on the camera is incredible to say the least. Read more ›
I love this camera. While being on the small side, it is still comfortable to hold and takes great pics at high zoom Read more ›
Lots of reviews said it was a little blurry and I agree, except with the good zoom. It is very comfortable to hold though. We need better spontaneous pictures so we took… Read more ›
I am excited to recieve my filters and…But this camera is light, easy to hold, the pictures are clear and I am able to make good sized 300 to 600dpi prints and products. Read more ›
It has a small form factor for such a feature packed camera. The screen is HUGE which is nice to review your settings and framing. The level of "optical" zoom this… Read more ›
It is a little smaller than I thought it would be. The screen is still huge though, bigger than the other larger Canon I have. Read more ›
The camera is so easy to use and the manual does an amazing job of answering any additional…The large viewing screen is amazing, it really helps you see the details. Th… Read more ›
Although this camera uses a rechargeable batter pack, battery life seems good. The display is a good size, and the controls are easier to use and non-intrusive. There are a… Read more ›
The only distortion really might be from my jumping up and down because the view is so good,…still pictures are crisp and a joy to look at on this sharp three inch screen. Read more ›
Canon always takes good…(EDIT: Really good pictures) My complaint is the lack of a viewfinder, but the trade off for 30x zoom is good, and the screen is large and bright. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

418 of 431 people found the following review helpful By Zack on November 24, 2012
Edit: 2012-11-30 this is better than I expected. Great quality with long distance shots. I'm still working on moving subjects in low light conditions. I do not like the "low light" mode, as the ISO seems to be set real high and the result is grainy. I'm using either manual or program modes. Still the best non-SLR that I've had.
I just got this camera and love it. For me, it has all of the advanced features found in much more expensive DSLR cameras, but without the price. The optical zoom is wonderful to have instead of having to worry about carrying around various lenses for larger cameras. It is not a pocket camera, nor would I recommend it for beginners, as there are a lot of features that would not be useful for them. The size of the camera is perfect for me. The flash has to be manually opened up, which I love because I don't have to fiddle around with making sure that the flash icon says what I want it to say...The flash is on or off, that simple.
It has all the scene selections that the smaller Canon cameras have, but it has a lot more. There's modes that are mostly found on DSLR cameras on this: P (Program); TV (Shutter Speed Priority); AV (Aperture Priority), Manual, Auto, "LIVE" and a nice collection of fun shooting modes that Canon has. (miniature mode, fisheye, discreet, fireworks, low light, snow etc). There is also a record button on the camera so you don't have to switch the dial to video mode to start recording.
There is also an actual lens cap on this camera. I like that because I have had three other small Canon cameras have the auto lens cover break or get stuck and cause all sorts of trouble.
If you want a more advanced camera, but don't want the $500+ price tag, I think this is a very good choice.
I really do not recommend getting this if it's going to be a beginner camera.
I don't ever use auto mode because I have never gotten good results out of it. I like being able to select what mode I want based on the conditions.
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570 of 609 people found the following review helpful By Mickey on November 23, 2012
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I don't understand the other reviews, really? Are you people serious?!

I LOVE this camera, when I first saw it was "to be released" I started getting exited, I need this camera, the zoom was (is) perfect, the price, eh, not outta sight. Finally the day came, It was available to order, I ordered, waiting, patiently for it to arrive in time for our Disneyland vacation. It arrived. I was sceptical, bigger that I was used to, smaller than I expected, would it live up to my 200? ... Then the I took some test shots, garden pics, they looked beautiful!! So we were off to vacation, I took many, many pictures, day, night, motions, stills, portrait, landscapes, flowers, characters, all looked good but only able to see them on the camera. When I got home, I plugged the camera into my 55" HD tv via the hdmi cable, started the slide show.....

The moment of truth! Did I get my monies worth? Risking a $4000.00 vacation photo shoot of hundreds of pictures of my kids, the park, capturing the actual "essence" of our grand vacation on a $329.00 camera?

I DID!!!

Breath-taking 16 mega pixel pictures adorned my 16:9 Full HD 1080p resolution panel (1920 x 1080) TV screen, flawless, gorgeous, vivid colors, absolutely stunning!!

I was thrilled, all the photos in 16:9 format. I couldn't get enough!! I was the most excited of all the family members, "look, you can see so much detail..." I was beaming!! Plus the HD video, It's OUTSTANDING!!!

Great camera, for the casual or everyday shutterbug! I love it!!!

Oh, and don't believe me?

4/5 stars at one site, 4/5 stars at another, and 8/10 at still another.
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352 of 399 people found the following review helpful By A. Z. on November 25, 2012
I am so frustrated to see the other reviews about this camera.

One person is comparing to T3i, this person probably doesn't know how to buy or use a camera because clearly is comparing it to a $900 camera.

Another person doesnt know this camera has Auto mode so she keeps taking blurred pictures of h er kids and dogs. She probably needs a cheaper camera for her needs and place it on Auto/Sports mode with FLASH on at all times. Blur-b-gone.

That's all I was going to say, this is a fantastic camera with manual controls at Sub $300 range. Of course SX50 is better but also twice as expensive and T4i is much better at $899, but that's over 3 times more money and twice as heavy and no 30x zoom.
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196 of 232 people found the following review helpful By D. Black on January 2, 2013
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This is a very nice camera if you are looking for a long range point and shoot camera with an excellent quick zoom and primarily will be shooting in daylight. I was looking for something smaller to carry around besides my big DSLR Camera and lenses. So I gave this camera a try and I was surprised at how small it was when I received it. The camera seemed well built and the focusing was very quick!!!! The stabilization worked very well at long distances. My only downfall with this camera was the Iso Noise in pictures in low light. It was very evident when you get around iso 600. Even at iso 400 you could see noise. I expected better low light results from Canon since I'm a Canon fan and I shoot with Canon products. I've had other point and shoot cameras that performed better in low light situations. In contrast, pictures in full daylight with no flash needed were very good!
I'm sure the ISO noise issues in low light was due to the fact that this camera used a CCD sensor and not a CMOS sensor. I decided to upgrade to the Canon sx50 model with a CMOS sensor and a 50x zoom. I couldn't be happier!!! The sx50 is an awesome camera and shoots greats pictures even in low light.

Pros: Easy to use, excellent focusing system, small size, battery life
Cons: Iso Noise in low light
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