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CanonPowershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown)
 
4.5

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (51)
  • Easy to use (48)
  • Large clear LCD (45)
  • Compact (42)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (41)

Cons

  • Short battery life (12)
  • Limited zoom (11)
  • No viewfinder (6)
  • Lag / shutter delay (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (44)
  • Travel (39)
  • Low light (36)
  • Landscape/scenery (32)
  • Video (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (25), Photo enthusiast (23), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (56), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very wide angle. f/2.0. Touch screen.

I use the camera for family snapshots and HD family video. The f/2.0 aperture with the very wide angle lens (equal to 24mm on old 35mm cameras) and a pretty decent looking...Read complete review

I use the camera for family snapshots and HD family video. The f/2.0 aperture with the very wide angle lens (equal to 24mm on old 35mm cameras) and a pretty decent looking 800 ISO all come together to allow for good low light portraits of the family using only ambient light. In fact the lens at its widest setting is so wide it distorts noticeably in close-up portraits, but I can zoom in a little to shoot head and shoulders portraits without much lens distortion at f/2.8 aperture. With my old video camera, I could never back far enough away from my family when indoors to get all the action in frame, but this lens at widest angle is perfect for video in cramped quarters, or to capture a lot of background and take advantage of the full HD widescreen perspective. And the stereo microphone sounds pretty darn good in headphones considering the entire camera fits in the palm of my hand! My only complaint about video on this camera (and all of the cameras in this class) is that I can't make +/- adjustments to exposure (when shooting movies), so I get blown out faces shooting video against very dark backgrounds and the opposite with very bright backgrounds. For still images however, exposure adjustment is a breeze. In fact, all of the touch-screen adjustments are easy. There is only one physical button on the rear of the camera, leaving lots of real-estate for a huge, bright and colorful touch screen. I bought the camera for the lens and thought the touch screen might be annoying. But I think the touch screen might be one of the best features of the camera. I tend to be a reader of manuals, but with this camera I just started playing with the touch screen and finding my way around intuitively. I love the face recognition focusing. And when there isn't a face, (or isn't a face that will cooperate and look at the camera!) I love the ability to touch the screen on the part of the scene I want in focus and the camera keeps track of that spot and focuses on it! I like to set the shooting mode to Av and set the aperture wide open and turn the flash off and leave it there. I discovered that in bright outdoor light, the camera has a built-in ND (neutral density) filter to allow shooting when the brightness exceeds the speed capability of the shutter and allowed me to shoot a bright beach scene portrait wide open at f/2.0. In "my colors", I set the sharpening the the highest setting, turned down saturation a notch and turned up contrast a notch and leave it there for everything. Auto ISO works well and so does auto white balance. My other camera is a T2i (a 20D before that) and I'm used to shooting with manual controls in RAW mode. No point and shoot can compare to a good DSLR with a good prime lens. But this is a very compact, attractive (especially in brown) and capable point and shoot.

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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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4.0

It's a GREAT camera!

By Eva

from New York

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

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

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

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

Comments about Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

I love this camera and all its features. Iv'e had many point and shoots but this one beats them all!

 
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 Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

    Easy to use, great features, EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD PHOTOS!

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

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Love it so far!

    By BooBooBritches

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

        I bought this camera at the suggestion of my Uncle who is somewhere between an amateur and professional photographer. I picked out three that I liked and he told me which of them was best. I mostly use this camera to take candid photos of friends and family to print out and scrapbook or post on facebook. I haven't taken too many pictures yet, but the ones I have taken look great.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        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 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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera Rev

          By Tom

          from Minneapolis

          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

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Brown):

          I used the Canon 500 HS for about 3 weeks travelling around India. Most of the photos were taken outdoors and I performed my usual indoor tests in available light (flash off).I found the touchscreen -- one of the key features of this digicam -- quite enjoyable. Moving through the options is a breeze, although using your fingernail rather than a fingertip gets better results for specific changes.
          Pros
          Fast f/2 lens
          Good 1080 HD video
          Very good low light performance
          excellent photo quality for its class and a nice mix of shooting modes.

          Cons
          Bulkier, heavier than average
          24 fps videos a bit jerky
          Sluggish 1.6 fps burst mode at best quality
          Touchscreen is not as sensitive as smartphones, so it takes some time to get used to it

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          I liked it so much, I bought another!

          By Nursedox

          from Melbourne Australia

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Pink):

          Took my camera on it's first holiday to New Zealand on a cruise. A great place for scenic shots. Very happy with how the snaps turned out. Loved that I could take steady video especially as our ship slowly cruised through the Milford Sounds. Compact and easy to use. As an Australian, needed to purchase an Aus.power adapter to use the battery charger as it is naturally US...but that was no big deal. Only possible negative would be the zoom...you may want more...but for the price of this one , it was satisfactory.

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

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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 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
             
            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 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

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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 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

                  (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 Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                  It's just great

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

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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 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
                   
                  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 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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    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 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
                       
                      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 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
                         
                        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 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
                           
                          5.0

                          Love my New Camera!!!

                          By Kelly the Casual Photographer

                          from Bethlehem, 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
                          • 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 Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Pink):

                            Well I have only been able to snap a few pics with my new camera before I wrapped it up (it was my Christmas present from my fiance), but the camera was very easy to use and the pictures were the best quality. I wanted a professional looking photo, but I cannot afford one of those 600.00 cameras - so this one is PERFECT.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes
                             
                            4.0

                            bang for your buck

                            By wiz

                            from IL

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light

                              Comments about Powershot 500 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Pink):

                              pros
                              colorfull and realistic photos

                              cons
                              no auto focus in video

                              in overall, excelent camera

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              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 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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