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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera

B&H # CAPSSX500B MFR # 6353B001
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Product Highlights

  • 16MP CCD Sensor
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • 24mm Wide Angle Lens w/ 30x Optical Zoom
  • 3.0" LCD Display with 461,000 Dots
  • 720p HD Video with Dedicated Button
  • Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization
  • HDMI Output for Immediate HDTV Screening
  • 32 Predefined Shooting Situations
  • Zoom Framing Assist for Better Telephoto
  • High Speed Autofocus
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The PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera from Canon 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. And 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 have been improved from earlier models to 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.

It's fast and it's powerful, but is it smart?  Oh yes. Intelligent Image Stabilization will recognize the type of shot you are taking and utilize the best stabilization technique to give you a sharp, blur-free image whether you are shooting with a long zoom or in low light. The camera will know and will respond accordingly.  Same with the Smart AUTO mode, which will auto-select the optimal camera settings based on the image it sees. With 32 predefined shooting situations to pick from, Smart AUTO will choose the one that best matches the scene you are shooting and set the camera to provide accurate exposure and color.

Smart AUTO mode applies not only to photography, but works with the SX500's HD Video too. 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 thanks to the camera's HDMI output. And in case you're not carrying your HDTV with you, the SX500 has a 461,000 dot 3.0" LCD display that can show off your handiwork with accurate colors and contrast.

Well-built and ergonomically designed, the PowerShot SX500 is a great addition to the PowerShot line-up. If you are looking for a camera that can shoot gorgeous still and videos and features an ultra-powerful zoom, this is the Canon for you. 

16MP Sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor
16.0 Megapixel sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor deliver stunning quality images and improve the camera's response and autofocus times.
30x Optical Zoom Lens
Canon's powerful 30x Optical Zoom and 24mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake so you achieve brilliant images whether you are close up or far away.
3.0" LCD Display
Large 3.0" LCD with 461,000 dots enables easy viewing and shot composition.
HD Video
The PowerShot SX500 IS has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording 720p HD Video instantly. The SX500 records in stereo sound and incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. Also, the PowerShot SX500 IS lets you use the full range of optical zoom while you're shooting a video, without sacrificing any HD video resolution.
Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization
Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize stabilization for shake-free images in a wide variety of conditions.
Smart AUTO
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations to ensure the best possible image capture for stills or videos.
Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist
Zoom Framing Assist makes it much easier to use the SX500'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 the perfect close-up moment. You can also make adjustments to zoom while the button is pressed, with an animated assist frame that makes viewing your image frame easy. When the button is released, the lens will return to the adjusted zoom position.
High Speed Autofocus
High Speed AF greatly improves focus speed so you can capture every shot with ease.
Pixels Actual: 16.6 Megapixel
Effective: 16 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CCD
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Max Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Lens EFL: 4.3-129 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-720 mm)
Aperture: f/3.4 (W) - 5.8 (T)
Filter Thread None
Zoom Optical: 30x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 0" (0.00 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 4.6' (1.40 m) - Infinity
Macro: 0" (0.00 cm) - 1.6' (48.77 cm)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-1600
Shutter 15 - 1/1600 sec
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Manual, Program Shift, Safety Shift
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent H, Tungsten
Burst Rate Up to 2.8 fps at 16 MP 1
Please Note:

At Normal (in Low Light mode)

Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec 2
Please Note:

Custom: 0-15 sec, 20, 25, 30 sec. 1-10 shots

Interval Recording No
Remote Control None
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.6 - 16' (0.49 - 4.88 m)
Telephoto: 4.6 - 9.8' (1.40 - 2.99 m)
External Flash Connection None
Memory Card Type SD
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Clip Length Not Specified By Manufacturer
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (461,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity 1x AV Output (out)
HDMI C (Mini)
Connectors 1x AV Output
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 90%
Battery NB-6L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter ACK-DC40 (Optional)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.1 x 2.7 x 3.2" / 10.4 x 7.0 x 8.0 cm
Weight 12.0 oz / 340 g with batteries and memory card
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera
  • NB-6L Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.7v, 1000mAh)
  • CB-2LY Battery Charger for Canon NB-6L Lithium-Ion Battery
  • IFC-400PCU USB Interface Cable
  • NS-DC11 Neck Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Solution Disk CD v121
  • Instruction Manual
  • One Year Limited Warranty
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