For individuals who like lots of zoom in a really compact, light-weight digital camera, that is the SX500 IS. It additionally has semimanual and handbook controls, that are a little bit of a rarity in lower-end megazooms, however Canon contains them in all of its PowerShot SX-series fashions.
Sadly, within the SX500 IS Canon used a 16-megapixel CCD sensor and an outdated Digic 4 picture processor as a substitute of one in every of its higher HS CMOS sensors and a more moderen, extra highly effective Digic 5 processor. Sure, that retains the worth down, however it ends in a digital camera with zoom lens however slower efficiency, fewer capturing choices, and the necessity to shoot with lots of mild or lengthy exposures to get the most effective outcomes.
So, yeah, it isn’t good, however for its road worth of round $250, it is nonetheless not a nasty technique to lay palms on lots of zoom energy.
Image high quality
As is the case with many point-and-shoots, how happy you’re with the SX500 IS’ picture high quality goes to rely in your wants and expectations. When you’re anticipating stellar digital SLR-quality photos, you will be disillusioned. The identical goes for nice low-light images. What the SX500 is sweet for is out of doors photographs in good lighting for small prints (8×10 or smaller) or viewing onscreen at 50 % or smaller.
Noise and artifacts are seen even at ISO 100 when pixel peeping, so if the standard at full measurement is one thing that issues to you, this digital camera will in all probability disappoint. Alternatively, as much as ISO 200 you get adequate element you could nonetheless do some enlarging and cropping.
Up at ISO 400 is the place the noise begins to be extra seen and can lead to some noticeable yellow blotching. Going above that you’re going to begin to see extra coloration noise, artifacts, and lack of element, which simply ends in topics that seem comfortable and desaturated. The digital camera positively favors dropping shutter velocity over elevating ISO when left in auto. That is good typically, however should you’re not paying consideration it may lead to blurry images.
Shade efficiency is mostly superb as much as ISO 400. If the majority of your photographs will likely be taken outdoor in good lighting, you have to be fairly happy with the outcomes. Publicity is mostly superb, too, as is white stability. As with lots of compact cameras, clipped highlights are widespread.
The 720p video high quality is sweet and higher than I’ve seen from some entry-level “full HD” camcorders I’ve examined. However as with its images, you will see extra noise the much less mild you could have. Additionally, you could discover some vertical smear when capturing vibrant mild sources, such because the purple streak on the left aspect of the display seize above. That is widespread with client CCD sensors.
The lens does zoom whereas recording and when it is zooming in you’ll hear some slight motor sound picked up by the stereo mics on prime in very quiet scenes. Total, although, for capturing the occasional clip for Net sharing, it does a high-quality job.
Taking pictures efficiency
Editors’ notice: We not too long ago up to date our testing methodology to offer barely extra real-world efficiency data, so the outcomes aren’t essentially comparable with earlier testing. Till we’re completed refining our procedures, we is not going to be posting comparative efficiency charts.
The SX500 IS is among the first cameras to function a much-needed new autofocus (AF) system for PowerShot fashions. Canon says algorithm enhancements, lighter lens components, a stronger lens motor, and reductions in processing and AF scan instances all lead to sooner focusing and fewer shutter lag. Being sooner does not essentially imply it is quick, although.
In our lab checks, from off to first seize took on common 2.3 seconds, whereas shot-to-shot instances averaged 2.5 seconds. Turning on the flash slowed that right down to 4.4 seconds. Shutter lag — the time from urgent the shutter launch to seize with out prefocusing — took 0.3 second in vibrant lighting; in low mild it was longer at 0.7 second. Zooming in extends that wait to about 1 second.
The digital camera does have two steady capturing modes, one with autofocus and one with out, the place it units publicity and focus with the primary shot. The previous is able to as much as 0.6 body per second, whereas the latter can stand up to 0.8fps. Principally, should you’re good at anticipating motion and might study to stay inside these limitations, you may get photographs of children, pets, and sports activities. On the entire, although, I would not advocate it for repeatedly capturing fast-moving topics, particularly indoors.
Design and options
Contemplating its 30x, f3.4-5.8, 24-720mm lens, the digital camera is remarkably compact. A minimum of a part of the rationale for that’s the lack of an digital viewfinder (EVF). This can be a deal breaker for some individuals, although with its giant 3-inch LCD that will get vibrant sufficient to see in daylight it is just a little simpler to forgive.
The physique may be compact, however there’s nonetheless room for big, easy-to-press buttons. You get a one-touch film document button along with show, menu, and publicity compensation buttons above and under the navigational scroll wheel. The wheel surrounds a Func./Set button and has prime, backside, left, and proper stress factors for ISO sensitivity, focus (handbook, regular, and macro), flash, and timer. The wheel is responsive with tactile stops to it, so you’ll not simply overshoot what you are making an attempt to pick. Its operation is total straightforward to choose up, however even seasoned Canon customers will wish to look at the total handbook included on the software program disc bundled with the digital camera.
|Key specs||Canon PowerShot SX500 IS|
|Dimensions (WHD)||4.1x2.7x3.2 inches|
|Weight (with battery and media)||12 ounces|
|Megapixels, picture sensor measurement, sort||16 megapixels, 1/2.3-inch CCD|
|LCD measurement, decision/viewfinder||3-inch LCD, 460K dots/None|
|Lens (zoom, aperture, focal size)||30x, f3.4-5.8, 24-720mm (35mm equal)|
|File format (nonetheless/video)||JPEG/H.264 AAC (.MOV)|
|Highest decision measurement (nonetheless/video)||4,608x3,456 pixels/ 1,280x720 pixels at 25fps|
|Picture stabilization sort||Optical and digital|
|Battery sort, CIPA rated life||Lithium ion rechargeable, 190 photographs|
|Battery charged in digital camera||No; exterior wall charger provided|
The digital camera has glorious optical picture stabilization and the ergonomics of the grip mean you can get a agency maintain on it, with loads of room between it and the lens barrel. Although the physique is plastic, the digital camera nonetheless feels sturdy. There isn't any lens rattle, which is widespread on lower-end megazooms, and the load of the lens retains it from floating away completely whilst you're making an attempt to shoot. Additionally, Canon put a framing help button on the lens barrel that pulls the lens again so you'll find your topics ought to they exit of body. Launch the button and it zooms again in to the place you began.
A number of cameras on this class use AA-size batteries for energy; the SX500 IS doesn't. As an alternative you get a small rechargeable lithium ion battery, which saves on area and weight and offers you good, if not nice, battery life. Though it is rated for 190 photographs, remember that utilizing the zoom lens so much, elevating the display brightness, repeatedly capturing, or recording films, amongst different issues, will eat into that battery life.
Talking of issues that dissipate your battery, the digital camera's flash doesn't pop up by itself, it's important to carry it. That is in all probability not an enormous deal for many individuals, however should you're used to a digital camera that does all the pieces for you, this may lead to some missed photographs. On the upside, the digital camera no less than warns you to lift the flash when it is wanted.
|Common capturing choices||Canon PowerShot SX500 IS|
|ISO sensitivity (full decision)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|White stability||Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Customized|
|Recording modes||Auto, Program, Shutter-speed precedence, Aperture precedence, Handbook, Scene, Stay View Management, Inventive Filters, Discreet, Film|
|Focus modes||Face AF, Heart AF, Macro, Regular, Infinity, Handbook|
|Macro||0.4 inch to 1.6 ft (Extensive)|
|Metering modes||Multi, Heart-weighted common, Spot|
|Shade results||Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Inexperienced, Vivid Pink, Impartial, Sepia, Black & White, Optimistic Movie, Lighter Pores and skin Tone, Darker Pores and skin Tone, Customized (adjustment of distinction, sharpness, saturation, pink, inexperienced, blue and pores and skin tone can be found)|
|Burst mode shot restrict (full decision)||Limitless steady|
One of many SX500 IS' benefits is that it is made for greater than absolutely automated capturing. Among the many many capturing choices on the digital camera's mode dial are shutter-priority, aperture-priority, and handbook. Obtainable apertures on the extensive finish are f3.4, f4.0, f4.5, f5.0, f5.6, f6.3, f7.1, and f8.0; at telephoto you get f5.8, f6.3, f7.1, and f8.0. Shutter speeds go from 15 seconds right down to 1/1,600 second. If that is an excessive amount of management for you, you possibly can swap to Program and management all the pieces however shutter velocity and aperture.
After all, you will additionally discover Canon's dependable Good Auto, which analyzes your topic and routinely selects an applicable scene setting from 32 outlined settings; some normal scene modes like Portrait, Panorama, and Fireworks; a Discreet mode that shuts off all noise and lights whereas capturing; and a Film mode for capturing clips at resolutions as much as 720p HD in MOV or iFrame codecs.
For individuals who are hooked on the picture filters from a favourite smartphone app, Canon contains a number of of its high-quality Inventive Filters: Fish-eye Impact, Miniature Impact, Toy Digicam Impact, Monochrome, Tremendous Vivid, and Poster Impact. One other mode, Stay View Management, enables you to simply experiment with publicity and coloration whereas seeing your outcomes onscreen earlier than you shoot (the identical goes for the filters). Whereas some might take into account these gimmicks that may be accomplished with separate software program, they are often enjoyable to play with should you're trying to do one thing totally different and might truly aid you arrange your shot appropriately for the impact you are after.
When you merely should have the longest zoom within the smallest, lightest physique on the lowest worth, the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is price contemplating. It is not a quick digital camera and it isn't nice indoors or in low mild, so if these are must-haves, I would not hassle. For out of doors images and video of stationary or slow-moving topics -- shut or distant -- it ought to fulfill.