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CanonPowershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver)
 
4.5

(based on 44 reviews)

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    (8)

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    (4)

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    (0)

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    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (32)
  • Easy to use (31)
  • Large clear LCD (31)
  • Compact (28)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (25)

Cons

  • Short battery life (9)
  • Limited zoom (6)
  • No viewfinder (5)
  • Lag / shutter delay (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (29)
  • Travel (28)
  • Landscape/scenery (21)
  • Low light (21)
  • Video (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (16), Casual photographer (15), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (39), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Results

As a professional wildlife photographer I own a lot of Canon bodies and L-Glass. I have a Mark III, 7D, 40D, G12 and now the Powershot 500 HS.

I...Read complete review

As a professional wildlife photographer I own a lot of Canon bodies and L-Glass. I have a Mark III, 7D, 40D, G12 and now the Powershot 500 HS.

I used to use my G12 as a walk around camera but I've put it in an Ikelite housing for underwater photography and scuba diving. Since it is a hassle taking it out of the housing when you need a camera I decided to get a real pocket camera to carry with me for the fun photos.

I did a lot of research and read all the reviews I could find on the internet and it boiled down to either the PowerShot 300 HS or the 500 HS. I finally decided on the 500 because of the excellent reviews it go for picture quality and ease of use. I wasn't particularly interested in a touch screen mode of operation so I was leaning toward the 300 since I am used to Canon's control layout. I read some reviews that the touch screen lagged a bit and some people had a difficult time using it. But the PS 300 HS only had a 200,000 pixel LCD and the PS 500 had a larger and much better 460,000 pixel screen (I might be off a bit on the actual numbers).

To make a long story short.. I LOVE this little camera. It has all the controls you would want or need on a P&S pocket camera but the added Scenes really (and I mean "really") work. I was just on a scuba trip and the glare of the water and bright sandy beaches play havoc on getting good results so I used the Beach and Snow scenes and the pictures turned out great.

The Low Light Night scene is equally as good with photos I could never get with my G12 unless I shot in RAW. Amazing photos from such a small camera. Or you can just put it in Program, AV or TV mode and set the settings yourself.

As for the touch screen, I really like it and haven't had a bit of problem using it. I even used a stylus that I use for my iPhone when my hands were slippery and greasy from sun block and the stylus worked great and no fingerprints on the LCD.

The 1080 HD is great but I am shooting in the 1260 x 720 mode which is definitely big enough for the web and the one touch record button is another plus. The videos turn out great and the zoom in and out also works well in video mode, you just have to give it time to focus if you are shooting something close up or with lots of detail.. then edit out the OOF bits from zooming in and out.

I will give this little camera an excellent score. I haven't found anything at all I don't like about it except (and I'm stretching here) that it doesn't have a non slip coating on the housing so since it is so small you have to be careful that it doesn't slip out of your grip. Just use the included small lanyard and keep it on your wrist in case it slips. I wanted a small pocket camera so I'm not taking points off because of this.

The only other thing is again because of the small size and it is that I find myself putting my finger over the flash when holding it for a flash shot. Just be careful where you place your left hand finger as it is natural to hold the camera by the upper left hand corner and that is right where the flash is. Again, not a deal breaker because I wanted a small camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Canon really messed up this ELPH

I have purchased 3 ELPH series cameras in the past. I thought that the newest version would have all the great aspects of the previous cameras. The canon HS 500 is not as...Read complete review

I have purchased 3 ELPH series cameras in the past. I thought that the newest version would have all the great aspects of the previous cameras. The canon HS 500 is not as sturdy, don't drop this camera or it will be the end! It is common for the retractable lens to malfunction. The touchscreen is unresponsive at times. There is no focus setting on the video setting, and my video's are constantly going in and out of focus. And lastly and most importantly, My images are so affected by lighting, my other canon cameras ( earlier model ELPH's) I just point shoot and voila a great crystal clear photo...but with this model I must be very creative with light settings in order to get the same effect.

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5.0

Excellent!

By nfsh

from Maryland

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

    Easy to use, great features, EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD PHOTOS!

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent for Teaching

    By POD

    from Providence, RI

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

    We have used these cameras in high school after school arts programing. They are dynamic enough for lesson plans about shutter speed etc. while being easy to use and travel with. Perfect for teaching.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    A great little point and shoot camera

    By shaarkbait

    from bc canada

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

      The handiest feature is the ability to shoot pictures or video, both in high def. To shoot pictures, use the normal button on top. To shoot video, touch the red dot on the screen.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      i hate touch screens

      By Chikoo

      from Bombay, India

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

        The camera is great, and fast.
        The touch screen is mediocre. Buttons work best.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        I didn't like mine

        By JamesM

        from Norfolk, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Zoom
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Poor Image Quality
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

        The shape of this camera is perfect for sliding in and out of a pocket. A smooth design with almost no knobs or buttons. The shape tapers at one end. Perfect for the pocket but not my hands. Aways felt like it might slip. Just wasn't comfortable for me to handle. Also I was disapointed in the image quailty. Maybe I had a bad one, maybe I expected too much, I don't know. I have a DSLR and wanted a pocket camera for times when my DSLR is too big. I didn't expect same quality as a DSLR, but out of fifty or so test pictures only about five were acceptable to me. I didn't like the camera, and I knew I never would. B&H gave me a full refund. The return was easy. I'm totaly happy.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        This is a fine camera

        By O

        from Redmond

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

          Most other cameras have too much menu navigation depth. The touch screen on the Powershot 500 HS ELPH is very well laid out and simplifies the menu.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          1.0

          Canon really messed up this ELPH

          By JonathanT

          from Phoenix

          About Me Photography Student

          Pros

            Cons

            • Auto Focus problems
            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Limited Zoom
            • No Viewfinder
            • Poor Flash
            • Poor Image Quality
            • Poor Image Stabilization
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

              I have purchased 3 ELPH series cameras in the past. I thought that the newest version would have all the great aspects of the previous cameras. The canon HS 500 is not as sturdy, don't drop this camera or it will be the end! It is common for the retractable lens to malfunction. The touchscreen is unresponsive at times. There is no focus setting on the video setting, and my video's are constantly going in and out of focus. And lastly and most importantly, My images are so affected by lighting, my other canon cameras ( earlier model ELPH's) I just point shoot and voila a great crystal clear photo...but with this model I must be very creative with light settings in order to get the same effect.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 7
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best point and shoot

              By S.r.

              from Brooklyn NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos

              Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

              It's just great

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 6
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Would buy it again....

              By Maria

              from Baltimore, MD

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

              I have been looking for a point & shoot camera for a while now. I am a professional photographer and I always carried around my 5DII...but it gets heavy. I like to use it when I'm totally in the photo session mood...but not when I just want snap shots of a very casual family outing for example. I love that now it does not leave my purse or pocket and I can shoot away anything and everything with just one hand if I want! I love the touch screen and the definition is great. I love that it has a 2.0 aperture so I have shot most of my images without the need of the flash, unless I'm backlighting a subject. All in all, easy to use, handy, light, big screen and I can lend it to my 10 year old without worrying that he might drop a heavey camera with an expensive lense on it!

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              3.0

              Good video

              By G Money

              from Hartford, CT

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Video

                Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                Bought this little camera for video. I think generally Canon does a good job with video. It shoots HD and is handy to use and carry in my pocket. The touchscreen is not responsive and I don't like it. All of the settings are not going to be found by just using intuition and searching. You must look at the manual. I don't like that either. Photo quality is ok for stills and pretty good for video. I bought this camera primarily for HD video, then secondly for size, convenience, and price. If price was not a factor I would have chosen the Canon s100.

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                • No

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                5.0

                great little camera

                By shaarkbait

                from bc canada

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                  have only had this a short time and find that it is handy, easy to use and shoots great pictures under various conditions.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Excellent!

                  By Nurit

                  from Maryland

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                    It is VERY easy to use. I had other cameras and this one is the best. Compact and loaded with features.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    The camera is just excellent!

                    By Uddo

                    from Miami

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                      The camera is just excellent. This is my 6th Canon camera and i never was disappointed with quality image or settings. Extremely easy to use, flexible with multiple settings. BH Photo has a fast shipping and professional costumer service.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Nice point&shot camera

                      By ski

                      from Oriental, NC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Poor Image Stabilization

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                      Nice easy to use point&shot camera. Very convenient touch-screen; Video: nice 1080p, but the optical picture stabilization (as you could expect in small camera body) is limited; Good appendix for my Nikon DSL.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good product

                      By Rose

                      from NY, NY

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                        This camera is easy to use. The big screen makes it easier to snap and view photos. The problem is that the photos come out with a slight red tinge.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Awesome Camera

                        By Zorba

                        from Reading, Pa.

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Short Lag Time

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                        I had the previous Elph 500 for about 7 years and 6000 pictures. This camera was a replacement for that unit. I love this camera. Easy to use menus, small pocketsize design and Canon quality !! The pictures by the way are incredible.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Very Happy!

                        By M F

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                          I'm very happy with the PS Elph 500. It takes excellent pictures, and the f2.0 aperture allows taking pictures in ultra-low light conditions without having to use flash! Even pictures at ISO 800+ have an acceptable level of noise given the ISO setting, which is more than I can say about a Lumix camera that I previous had that produced poor images at ISO 400!

                          Many of the built in scene modes are great, including movies that can be acquired at 240 fps (at a lower resolution). I typically acquire video at 1280 since it is at 30fps.

                          Like most compact cameras, there may be some shutter lag and increased focus time in dark environments, but this not a DSLR.

                          I had initially pondered getting an s90/s95 or G12, but they were either too bulky or a little higher than my budget. The Elph 500 met all of the criteria and I am very happy with my purchase.

                          I would highly recommend this camera to a friend.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Fine images, most controls on screen!

                          By AustinTexan

                          from Austin, TX

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Small / Compact
                          • Well shaped to hold

                          Cons

                          • Few physical controls
                          • No Viewfinder
                          • Screen dependent controls

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                          The PS 500 HS replaced an older ELPH as a casual camera when I choose not to carry a DSLR. Image quality is great, AF solid in most conditions. It is small enough to carry easily, shaped well to hold, unlike some earlier soap-bar ELPHs.
                          - I knew it had a touch screen, but was shocked to learn that is almost ALL it has! On-off, shutter release, and a review button are physical, but most else is screen based. I suspect this will be mostly a point and shoot outside, since it is hard to make many adjustment using the LCD screen in bright conditions. Ditto the composing function, but I expected that.
                          -Biggest annoyance was finding only a Getting Started pamplet; the User's Manual is on a CD.
                          C'mon, Canon, give us a paper manual for Pete's sake!

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 3
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great camera!

                          By Photo Junky

                          from El Cerrito, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Short Lag Time
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Limited Zoom
                          • Short Battery Life

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                          I really like this camera, I recently owned the powershot elph 300 hs (sadly it was stolen) and there were some things I wish I could've controlled more like the aperture and focusing. With this camera you can do just that! I really like the touch screen and that you can adjust many settings to get just the right shot.

                          I was also a little worried about the touch screen when I got it, as I had heard some bad reviews about it but it's not bad, it's not as sensitive as an iphones screen but but it gets the job done and it's easy to use.

                          I would definitely buy this camera again!

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 10
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          EXCELLENT CAMERA AND VIDEO!!!

                          By TOMMY T

                          from VANCOUVER

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good in Low Light

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about Canon Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                            SMALL COMPACT GREAT SHOTS GREAT VIDEO IDEAL FOR ALL MY KIDS ACTIVITIES....

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 6
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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