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CanonPowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera
 
4.3

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (34)
  • Zoom range/performance (34)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (27)
  • Image stabilization (25)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (10)
  • Short battery life (9)
  • Lag / shutter delay (7)
  • Poor flash (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (29)
  • Travel (25)
  • Landscape/scenery (24)
  • Low light (15)
  • Wildlife (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (21), Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Daily Camera

I have a DSLR (Nikon D5000) that I will use for special occasions, but I wanted something for daily use, family vacations, etc. I started looking at the new mirrorless cameras like...Read complete review

I have a DSLR (Nikon D5000) that I will use for special occasions, but I wanted something for daily use, family vacations, etc. I started looking at the new mirrorless cameras like the J1, and they are great, but I already have a DSLR to drain the wallet with.

What I wanted was something small and convenient, with enough zoom to catch the kids on the field or stage. I also wanted to retain manual controls and have enough image quality to satisfy someone used to a DSLR.

The SX500 won out after testing and comparing many, MANY other options that were within +/- $50 of it's price range. It is smaller than anything else out there, and the price included lots of great features. It even has a "discreet" setting for school plays and such where noise and flash are not appreciated. it is accessed via a dial, not a bunch of menus and sub-menus. Thank you Canon.

I also have a Canon Vixia HFG10, so I could care less about the video, but FWIW, it is 720p not full 1080p.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent camera with long reach but

MY USE: I use it for nature, art and a long reach backup for detail for weddings and events.
PRO: It provides a decent image and has image stabilization. Enough megapixels to...Read complete review

MY USE: I use it for nature, art and a long reach backup for detail for weddings and events.
PRO: It provides a decent image and has image stabilization. Enough megapixels to publish photos. Compact. Has flash. Good in low light.
CON: Flash seems to engage late and hold up the process. Some of the controls are situated so that you might (will) 'accidently' hit them. The BIGGEST CON is that if you are out in any kind of light the reflection on the screen will prevent you from seeing what you are trying to take a photo of. A huge weakness - you almost have to guess what you are aiming at. This camera needs a viewfinder badly or a screen that does not reflect light and make it impossible to see what you are photographing.

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5.0

I would buy this product again and again

By CLEISI

from Bage, rs, Brasil

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Image Quality
  • Great Zoom

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

      Uso em família e viagens

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

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      4.0

      I am very happy with my purchuse

      By AuraMa

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

        Very complete, for a good price and very good size

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 5
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Highly Recommend

        By Tommy

        from Orange County, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

          If you are looking for something affordable with high quality camera, this is the one. I was amaze of the long range shoot as well as the picture quality. "Mainly use for quick photos for online selling".

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

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          5.0

          Great camera

          By Larry

          from Wintergreen, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

            Got this camera for my wife in prep for photo safari to South Africa. It's a great camera -- easy to use and pictures are beautiful. Online instruction manual is a bit inconvenient but it's well done.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Love It!

            By JSC

            from New York, NY

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

            I've had this camera for two weeks now and absolutely love it. It isn't hard to use at all because i have owned a Canon camera before and love that they keep almost the same feature consistency. I am enjoying the optical zoom for this camera and the how portable it is to carry with me on day trips. No complaints other that I feel that i have to carry the charger with me cause the battery doesn't last as long as I anticipated. But the charger is small in size and portable enough to carry around.

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

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            5.0

            Canon SX500

            By Edwin

            from Pennsylvania

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

              I use this light camera for travel, very fantastic zoom and I love the fish eye option.
              I recommend this camera for persons that like to have light cameras and good quality images.
              The other thing that I love of this camera is that you can buy a lot of accesories. For example lenses, hood, etc.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              4.0

              Great Camera

              By Pete Rock

              from Boston, Ma

              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
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

              I have used this camera 3 times already and have loved it. Light weight. Takes great pictures. 30x zoom is a huge plus for me. Battery life is good, but if you are going to be using it for long time, you may need back up battery, but does come with charger so that is option to recharge during it.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              3.0

              Some Good Features, Some Not So Great

              By Old Fart

              from Cedar Key, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay
              • No Viewfinder
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

              My primary use is nature photography. The screen is hard to see in full daylight, even at the brightest setting. I miss the viewfinder on my old Canon. The 30X is great and easy to use with the resize button. Movies are surprisingly sharp. Magnification of still shots is also nice. Canon help line is well "manned" with native English speaking people. Software download is awkward at best. The poorest aspect is rapid use of battery as compared to the old Canon with AA cells. The battery does recharge in about 90 minutes.
              The lag time is a bit disappointing, with no work around.

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

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              5.0

              Excellent camera for a moderate price

              By hot scott

              from Detroit- Mi

              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

              • Lag / Shutter Delay

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

              The zoom on this model is fantastic and captures great quality close ups. It's capability to take close up up photos of very small details are very impressive.I took approx. 200+ photos before i got a low battery signal. I'm equally excited about it's video and audio quality.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Right tool for the right job...

              By Duane

              from Middletown, Pa

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder
              • No view finder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

              This would be a perfect fit if it only had a view finder...This has been the only pitfall of this camera...Bottom line is I'll get used to it...

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

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              4.0

              Perfect

              By Celso

              from Ribeirão Preto - SP - Brasil

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos

                Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

                Excelent for a teenager, a beginner like my daughter.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Great Buy

                By Woody

                from Jefferson city, MP

                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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

                  Family photos, vacation and event shots.

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

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera!!

                  By Cameraguy1057

                  from St. Louis, MO

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good For Train Pictures
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Small / Compact
                  • Turns On And Loads Up Fas
                  • Well Worth The

                  Cons

                  • Not the best in low light
                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

                  The Canon SX500 IS Digital Camera is a great little Canon camera. It sports 16.1 MP, 30x Zoom, and many more very nice, useful features. The quality and detail the zoom carries out at full 30x zoom is incredible. You can very well make out what the writing says on most far away objects with text on them, and make out the details on other things still, as well. The pictures are mostly clear and normally turn out very nice. Have had good luck with it. I bought the SX500 IS to replace my previous camera when it broke a couple weeks ago, and it has worked very well overall as a replacement. When I shoot railroad equipment and scenery shots, for example, the shots turn out great. All in all, a very nice camera. Would recommend it.

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

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                  2.0

                  Not too happy

                  By SB

                  from New York

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Flash
                    • Poor Image Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

                      The quality of the pictures are not good at all no matter which setting you put the camera on. There are a ton of other cameras out there with the same quality but much cheaper. I don't recommend it!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Awesome camera!!

                      By Tracy m.

                      from Guthrie, ok

                      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

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

                      Am getting serious about photography and this camera is a great starter for me. It takes super clear pictures and is very easy to use. It's compact enough that I can take it anywhere I need to go. Will definitely purchase a higher grade when I am ready to move up.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent!

                      By Santiago

                      from New Haven, CT

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

                        I use it for travel, size is excellent and allows you to have good control over the pictures. Zoom is amazing.

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

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                        5.0

                        AMAZING

                        By Karol

                        from São Paulo, BRA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Video

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

                          Eu adorei a câmera. Aproveitei para tirar muitas fotos e minha filha a utilizou para fazer vídeos em HD.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Just what we needed

                          By Newbie

                          from Lancaster, PA

                          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
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • No Viewfinder

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

                          Love the zoom, works extremely well in dark lighting. Love the video feature as well. As a newbie, I am really liking how this camera captures images.

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

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                          4.0

                          Simple to use with excellent results

                          By Joyce

                          from Watertown, NY

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

                            I purchased this camera for use within the Technical Publications department of my company. This camera is used by a large number of people from a variety of departments within the company and so far I have gotten great feedback. It is easy to operate, offers a lot of options without being too complicated, and the results have been great.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Cannon Camera for Travel and Event

                            By Cristy

                            from Garden City, KS

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast
                            • Fastaccurate Auto-focus
                            • Good Image Qualty
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Nice Body
                            • Nice Body Color

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • family
                              • Landscape
                              • Travel
                              • Video

                              Comments about Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera:

                              I would use this for traveling, recording and special events. I love the zoom and pixels. It is very easy to charge and handle.

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

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