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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
I bought this camera recently because I couldn't take my Canon T1i on a trip (too big). I used a friend's 20x optical zoom Canon Powershot and then looked for something comparable. The 30x optical zoom is impressive. The camera is light and fits in my purse. I was able to shoot from greater distances with very nice quality. The camera doesn't come with any detailed operational instructions and I haven't been able to make the sound playback through the camera on video recordings. Sound does play fine once transferred to my computer. There is a downloadable manual I have yet to find. Video quality was good even in low light. Being able to zoom during video recording is an added plus. The flash must be raised manually which is very different (and a bit inconvenient on auto mode) from previous DSLR or point and shoot cameras I've owned. The fish eye setting is a fun effect. Turning the dial to change settings allows for mode display on the screen. Very helpful. Mode settings are easy to access and manage. Manual settings can be altered easily so far (still figuring out some navigation). Easy to start recording video. NOTE: BATTERY DRAINS VERY FAST. Have a spare or two if you're shooting and don't have access or time to charge batteries. I have two and plan to buy a third even though it's an added expense. All in all, well worth the purchase so far.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
Got this unit for my 13 year old daughter who was showing interest in photography. The ability to shoot in manual mode combined with the intro-level tripod, and the smaller camera body size, made it ideal for her. Using the 2-second delay, she can get good steady low light or night shots using a longer exposure. The light meter works great when doing this. Just dial the shutter speed until the meter on the lcd is in the middle, hit the shutter button, and get your hands off the camera within the 2 second delay that you can set. Great results. On the tripod, of coarse. As far as automatic point and shoot with flash, the results were very good as well.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2013
I purchased this camera to replace an aging Kodak. The price and the style of camera were what drew me to this camera. My old 5mp camera (built like this camera) was showing it's age by being slow to focus in auto and sometimes not flashing when required. I suspect the electronic controls in my Kodak are starting to fail. All of the Reviews I read said the 16mp Cannon Powershot SX500is would take great pictures and it came with a 30X zoom. Well, maybe taking pictures at family gatherings was not what everyone else did with their camera. I took well over 100-shots at multi-gatherings just after the new year and I did not have a single shot I thought was worth posting on facebook, Let alone sending to get printed. I have friends of friends on facebook who post that I take great pictures with my old Kodak. The photos taken with my new Canon were all grainy or over-exposed. I finally found that if I partly covered the flash with my finger, I would get enough light to take and not so little as to be under-exposed. But I had not mastered the way to do it and keep my eyes on the prize at the same time. Yet it was still for them to be grainy looking. The pictures looked as though I was shooting with a 2.5mp camera. Maybe it was just this camera and not all of the Powershot SX500is's out there. The package of items that came with this camera was great and I could put everything but the full size tripod in the case. The extra battery was not a Canon product but it did work,

Now I know there are ways to adjust everything on this camera. And I would have done that, but the LED screen also had a fault. Vertical streaks that take up about 30% of the screen would come and go depending on what was in the view finder. Blue clothing or bright room lighting would cause it to act up. If it was acting up from the beginning after a few weeks I just knew it would completely fail either after I could not return it or after the warranty ended. I had another 2-week before returning was not going to be a choice with Amazon. My wife and I shoot a lot of my pictures in auto-mode and I need a camera to simply take the shot. I need it to be a quality piece of equipment and just produce good pictures.

I returned the whole package after about 2-weeks and so far the process has gone fine. I am due to get my refund any time. Amazon even paid for the return of this camera kit. It looks like the only thing it will cost me is the shipping promotion. I guess if you get the "free super saver shipping" on your Amazon purchase, you have to pay back the shipping fee if the item is returned. My refund was reduced $8.25 to repay them for the free shipping. Lesson learned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2013
Love the camera. Works well and is easy to use. If you take a lot of pictures purchasing an SD card may be a good idea. No complaints.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2013
I love my Canon PowerShot SX500 bundle. I have taken thousands of photos and the zoom is amazing. I have zoomed in on boats miles out on the coast from my hotel room. It does great videos and is easy to transfer to my computer. I'm not a professional but I do take a lot of photos, Both family, and scenic photos and this camera does it all without being bulky.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2013
It's a great camera that takes excellent pictures. I love all the accessories that came with it too. I got it all for a great price. The bag is spacious. The portable tripod fits right in the bag along with all the other accessories except for the tall tripod. I already used the camera and the pictures look great. The only downside is no view finder.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
I got this as a Christmas present for my spouse. Overall the package was a great deal... assuming that the camera is what you want. I really like it because it's a great blend between a point n shoot and a full on DSLR. The package deal is really worth it for the two tripods and the extra battery.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
This was a great deal. It's everything I wanted in a camera and for the deal...it was a great price. I didn't expect to get a good camera, bag, 32GB card, tripod, extra battery and all the other stuff it came with for under $300. (including shipping). Great deal. The camera alone is $230. Awesome. THANKS!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
I would recommend this camera who wants something just short of a full SLR. All kinds of functions and easy to use. Not just a point and shoot but if that's what you want, you got it. Good all around camera.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2013
My old digital camera stopped working. It was a Fuji. I got it years ago. It was not a bad product as it served me well. I had to set out to buy a new camera. I did my research and decided to go with Canon. The bundle was an added bonus. I now need to learn how to use the camera. I think this was a good idea because the bundle offers more than just the basic camera. I also wanted a camera where I could do videos as well.
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