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Canon PowerShot SD500 / IXUS 700


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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH (aka Digital IXUS 700 in the UK) is an ultracompact JeansPocket™ Certified digital camera with a sleek new “Perpetual Curve Design” stainless steel body. It continues Canon’s tradition of providing top-tier imaging technology in a ultra- slim, ultra-compact, easy-to-use package.

The Canon SD500 has 7.1 megapixels resolution, 3x optical zoom, a F2.8 maximum aperture, and a shutter speed range of 15-1/2,000 sec. There is a large 2 in. LCD with 118,000 pixels resolution with a new Night Display Function that automatically brightens the subject in order to make framing a shot in dusk, night or other lowlight situations easier.

The Canon SD500 allows you to shoot a clip of 640x480 movie at 30fps until the SD memory card is full; or shoot 1 min. clips of 320x240 at 60fps! Take night pictures with a long shutter speed of 15 sec., and new Scene Modes automate exposure settings for 9 different shooting situations.

The Canon SD500 has an AF Assist Illuminator to aid in obtaining focus in low-light conditions. The Intelligent Orientation Sensor not only rotates vertical shots automatically, it now wakes up the cameras from sleep mode by detecting movement when the camera is picked up.

Canon’s new “My Color” technology allows colors to be enhanced in camera and you can save both the original still image and the enhanced color versions as separate files on the Canon SD500 Memory Card.

If you are looking for a high resolution ultra-compact, take-anywhere digital camera, check out the Canon Powershot SD500 Digital ELPH.

Canon PowerShot SD500 / IXUS 700
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot SD500Home Page
  Image Sensor 7.1 effective megapixels (3072×2304 pixels )
1/1.8 in. CCD
  Lens Canon  
  Focal Length 7.7-23.1mm (37-111mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F2.8(W)-F4.9(T)  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Macro 5 cm / 2 in.  
  Auto Focus
TTL autofocus Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center)
Low-light focus-assist illuminator
  Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2000 sec.;
The shutter speed varies according to the shooting mode.
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
  Exposure Control Program AE  
  Shooting Modes

Still images: Auto, Manual (Long shutter and Digital macro mode available), Digital macro (Selectable in Manual mode), My Colors (Selectable in Manual mode), Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & pets, Night snapshot), Stitch assist (Selectable from the Rec. menu);

- Standard, My Color: recording can continue until the SD card is full* (can record up to a maximum of 1 GB at one time))
640×480 pixels, 320×240 pixels (15 fps, 30 fps)
- Fast Frame Rate: (can record for 1 min.)**
320×240 pixels (60 fps)
- Compact: (can record for 3 min.)**
160×120 pixels (15 fps);

* Using high-speed SD cards (SDC-512MSH recommended).
** The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie clip length.

Continuous: Approx. 2.0 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode with LCD monitor off);
Self-timer: 2, 10 sec.

  Exposure Compensation ±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments  
  Light Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center)  
  White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H) or custom  
  Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder  
  LCD 2.0-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (approx. 11.8 megapixels), Picture coverage 100%  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent  
  Storage Media SecureDigital (SD) Memory Card  
  Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (type: NB-3L);
AC Adapter Kit ACK900 (Sold Separately)
  Included Accessories
32MB SD Card
Li-Ion Battery Pack (NB-3L), Battery Charger (CB-2LU)
A/V Cable (AVC-DC300), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Interface Cable (IFC-400PCU)
Wrist Strap WS-700
Software CD-ROM
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 89.5 (85.6)* × 57.0 × 26.5 mm /
3.5 (3.4)* × 2.2 × 1.0 in.
* Does not include the curve on the grip side.
  Weight (Camera body only) 170 g / 6.0 oz.  
  MSRP US $500  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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