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Canon PowerShot S500 5MP Digital Elph with 3x Optical Zoom
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- 5-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 13-by-17-inch enlargements
- Canon 3x optical zoom lens combines with 4x digital zoom for 12x total zoom
- 9-point autofocus; movie mode; PictBridge compatible
- Store images on Compact Flash Type I memory cards (32 MB card included)
- Powered by rechargeable battery pack NB-1LH (included with charger)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.2 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||118,000|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||50|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash (Type I)|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||AiAF TTL 9-point|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.24 x 1.1 x 3.43 inches|
|Item Weight||0.47 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F4.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||108 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,592|
|Minimum Focal Length||36 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||5,300,000 Pixels|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||2.9 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NB-1LH Battery & charger|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 30 sec, 320 x 240, max 3 mins with audio|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||1.5 in||5 in||3 in||2.7 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.1 x 3.43 x 2.24 in||3.7 x 0.9 x 2.1 in||5.31 x 5.35 x 2.09 in||3.8 x 0.9 x 2.2 in||5.7 x 6.3 x 2.3 in||1.14 x 3.74 x 2.36 in|
|Item Weight||7.52 ounces||4.4 ounces||0.53 lb||4.9 ounces||—||5.76 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||5,300,000 pixels||12 megapixels||12.1 megapixels||12 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||—|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 30 sec, 320 x 240, max 3 mins with audio||1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97 fps)||60p||1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97 fps)||1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels||1280 x 720|
|Viewfinder||Optical||fixed LCD||electronic viewfinder||fixed LCD||LCD||None|
The 5-megapixel sensor on the Canon PowerShot 5MP Digital Elph Camera grabs enough detail for photo-quality 13x17 enlargements. And the Print/Share button lets you quickly print directly to your printer or upload images to your PC. Features: 3x optical zoom plus 4x digital zoom for 12x total; 9-point autofocus; movie mode; PictBridge compatible; store images on Compact Flash Type I memory cards (32 MB card included); elegant compact design; 1.5 low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (118,000 pixels); real-image optical zoom viewfinder; built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, and slow sync modes; voice record function; and continuous shooting: 2.2 frames (maximum 14 images).
Amazon.com Product Description Adding megapixel power to the popular S400 Digital Elph, Canon's PowerShot S500 bumps up the resolution to 5 megapixels--providing richer details and improved clarity. Elegantly designed and super compact, the S500 has a protective stainless steel shell with a celabrite finish, which mixes metals and ceramics to produce a tough cool-toned exterior that is visually stunning. It also features a 3x optical zoom, high-resolution video capture, and Canon's new Print/Share button, which helps you quickly connect directly to a printer or send an image via e-mail.
|The S500's 5-megapixel sensor captures a wealth of detail.|
The 5-megapixel PowerShot S500 can capture 2592 x 1944 images for poster-size prints. It also has 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480 resolution modes. The 3x optical zoom lens has a focal length of 7.4-22.2mm (35mm equivalent: 36-108mm). It also has a 4.1x digital zoom.
The PowerShot S500 lets you capture high-resolution 30-second video clips with sound at 640 x 480 (10 frames per second). You can also capture 3-minute movies at lower resolution settings: 320 x 240 and 160 x 120 (both at 15 frames per second).
More Camera Features
- 9-point Artificial Intelligence autofocus (AiAF) for fast and sharp images, even with off-center subjects
- 1.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (118,000 pixels)
- Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
- Built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, and slow sync modes
- Record a voice memo of up to 60 seconds and attach to images
- Shutter speed: 15 - 1/2,000 seconds
- White balance control: Auto, pre-set (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H), or custom white balance
- Continuous shooting: 2.2 frames (maximum 14 images)
- 2x to 10x zoom into captured images while reviewing via the LCD
Canon Technology Features
- Digic Imaging Processor: While much technical discussion of digital cameras centers around the optics and the CCD sensor, the complex task of image rendering is the job of the image processor--the "brains" of a digital camera. Canon's latest, exclusive DIGIC Imaging Processor significantly enhances digital camera performance in numerous areas. DIGIC's high-speed signal processing is combined with high-capacity buffering to give Canon digital cameras fast response and continuous shooting capability unmatched by other digital cameras. DIGIC delivers longer battery life and beautiful, rich color rendition with far fewer white saturation problems. And DIGIC's unequaled precision delivers clear, noise-free images that are demonstrably superior.
Canon's 9-point AiAF makes it easier to focus even when your subject is off-center in the frame.
- iSAPS Technology: Canon iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology dramatically improves the performance of AF (Autofocus), AE (Auto Exposure), and AWB (Auto White Balance). By analyzing a huge volume of photography data, accumulated over 60 years and the manufacture of over 150 million cameras, Canon engineers arrived at statistical relationships among focal length, focus distance, scene brightness, and other factors. Equipped with this "fore knowledge" Canon PowerShot cameras can optimize AF/AE/AWB settings for any given scene more rapidly and more effectively.
- Multi-point AiAF: Canon's wide-area, multi-point AiAF (artificial intelligence autofocus) automatically selects one or more focusing points based on factors, such as subject position and motion. AiAF works in conjunction with iSAPS Technology to more quickly and accurately achieve autofocus under a wide variety of shooting conditions. You get fast, accurate AF whether you hold the camera horizontally or vertically, with stationary or moving subjects, with off-center subjects, and even in low-light/low-contrast lighting.
The PowerShot S500 introduces a new Print/Share button that speeds and simplifies printing to compatible Canon and PictBridge enabled printers and one-touch image transfer to Windows XP, Me, 2000, and 98 computers for use with image processing programs, uploading to the Internet, or placement in e-mail. When connected to a Canon Compact Photo printer, a Movie Print mode divides the selected clip into equal parts and prints thumbnails of a maximum 63 equally spaced frames onto a single sheet of Postcard Size Paper.
Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on CompactFlash memory cards (Type I only) and the included 32 MB card holds approximately 21 images at the Large/Fine setting. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1 connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.
Power and Size
The camera is powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-1LH). With the LCD on, you will get approximately 190 shots. It measures 3.43 x 2.24 x 1.09 inches and weighs 6.5 ounces (without batteries).
What's in the Box
This package contains the PowerShot S500 digital camera, 32 MB CompactFlash memory card, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-1LH), battery charger (CB-2LS), USB and A/V cables, and wrist strap. The supplied software on the CD-ROM includes browsing and printing software ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac). Other software includes PhotoStitch, plus photo and movie manipulation software ArcSoft PhotoStudio and VideoImpression.
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i had purchased previously 2 waterproof cameras that i had to return since they stopped working during my last two vacations. this case protected my camera and i had great pictures when i returned from my most recent vacation. the only downside, it's a bit bulky and heavy so plan for that. my wife carried it most of the time in her bag, and i carried it around my neck when in the water. it also gets condensation sometimes, opening the case for a couple of seconds help but you wouldn't want to do that while in the water -- i heard there may be something you can purchase separately to help with the condensation.
I also have the Canon A70 and the Sony Cybershot U40. While the A70 was my trusty workhorse last year, it is rather homely and bulky. While not *very* large, there would have been no way to slip that brick into my pocket, with it's protruding grip and lens. Also it is only 3.2 megapixels. From looking at the pictures I took today on the s500's "shakedown" around the neighborhood, I can already tell that it takes far more detailed, sharper images than the A70, which suffered from a minor "softness" in the pictures it took. Also, the s500 is less a camera than it is a work of art in it of itself. When off, the camera has a slim, elegant look. It has an nostalgic air of Art Deco about it. From the front, the highly polished silver and handsome gold rings around the lens will catch anybodys' eye immediately--a breathtakingly beautiful machine to take breathtakingly beautiful pictures.
On the other hand, this camera is not nearly as small as the Sony U40, which was about the size of my index and middle fingers put together. However, that had no zoom and took only marginally acceptable images (2 MP and rather grainy)--I bought it primarily so I'd have a throwaround camera. In any case, the s500 is not *as* small, but it still fits into my pocket without any hassle (you'll know it's there, but it won't bother you), and the optical zoom and high image quality more than make up for it.
Again, the image quality is superb, and all in such a portable package.
Manual controls are light. There is AUTO, Manual, Panorama, and Video mode. In Manual, you can control the ISO and F stops, but they are not readily available, and require fiddling with the menu to access. I don't care, personally. I bought the camera for it's portability and ease of use when I want to snap pictures. I leave the wheel on AUTO and I am perfectly content with the images I get--for the average picture taker, too, I'd imagine.
The movie mode is decent. This is a camera and not a camcorder, it's still part of the package, but I'll not put it into consideration when rating this camera. Subpar. My A70 could take 640x480s at 15 frames/second while the s500 only takes a sluggish 10. It's is quite choppy, but bearable. The s500 can have 15 frames a second under the two smaller video resolutions, but they still do not look as good as the videos I captured with my A70. There is just an element of choppiness that I do not like. Perhaps the increased megapixelage necessitates a decrease in smoothness, I don't know. However, the movie mode is just an additional nicety in this otherwise superb piece of machinery, and it decent, acceptable, just not as good as I know it could be, for Canons, but I know this feature is important for many people considering digital cameras.
The proprietary battery is also something that I do not like (I prefer AAs) but I suppose there have to be some trade-offs--I'd suggest getting a spare, since it's theoretically supposed to last only about 2 hours per charge. I'd also suggest getting the skin-tight leather cover for this cam, since you can still fit it in your pocket while keeping that lovely luster intact, away from the coarseness of your pockets.
I'd also suggest getting a CF that has as high a write speed as possible. When taking pictures at maximum size(2592x1944) and maximum resolution (super-fine), my card took about 1-3 seconds to finish recording. I could continue taking more pictures almost immediately afterward, but I would still have to wait for the images to finish writing before turning off the camera. I did not notice this when I took superfine photos at the Medium size settings. Speaking of CF, I'd also suggest getting as big a card as possible. This monster takes pictures at 1-3 Mb each which means about 100-200 picture for me--my 256Mb card doesn't seem so adequate anymore. But it's fine.
So definately a great buy. It takes wonderful, superb pictures, and decent movies. By itself, it is a work of art, and truly is a handsome camera. All this, and is still compact enough to throw in your pocket or for the ladies, purse. There are slightly smaller and cheaper ELPHs, the sd110 and s410, but you will already be spending so much, and if you are, you might as well spring for the full 5 megapixel goodness that the s500 offers--3 megapixel cameras belong back in 2003. And there are other brands to choose from, but I honestly have not seen a more handsome camera that takes such spectacular images, and I think if you are considering this camera at such a price, that surely, you will be considering the aesthetic value of what you are buying. This camera is sure to please.
As I wanted to make sure I had enough coverage for the trip (hence the 5mp purchase), I added a 512 MB card and spare battery to my order. Just over 200 pictures later (at full resolution), I have the photo record of a lifetime! The images are clear and crisp and the color is excellent. Even on cloudy days the camera captured great shots. And even though I took the manual along, the camera is so intuitive I never had to use it. I played with the various settings throughout but if all you want is easy high quality images you'd never have to bother. I love that you can preview the pictures on screen and delete them if you're not satisfied. The battery is long lasting - one would take me through the day and charge up overnight (the extra was a little overkill but appreciated in situations where I couldn't immediately charge).
Since returning from the trip, I've transferred the images to my laptop, uploaded the images to Ofoto to share with family and friends, written slide presentations to cd, and had pictures printed in 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10. All have amazing quality and have received great reviews from whoever has seen them. In fact, 7 framed pictures are in my office and many think they've been professionally taken and purchased! The quality of the camera and prints, coupled with the ease of use of the camera and software is outstanding.
Recently, I purchased an iBook and Canon PIXMA ip3000 printer. The Canon connected to the iBook without installing the Canon software package and interfaces seamlessly with iPhoto. Although I haven't had a chance to print from the laptop yet I did connect my Digital Elph directly to the printer. On the sample paper that was included, I printed 3 images directly from the Elph. All are great, straight from the camera with no color alterations or cropping. I can't wait to see how they print with a little tweaking on the laptop!
Well done Canon! This is a combination I anticipate having for a long time.
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