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Canon PowerShot S500 Review

Review Date: April 1, 2004

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH


Executive Summary

This Canon PowerShot S500 Digital Elph review is based on a production model.

Richmond Hill Library: 1/200 sec., F7.1 and ISO 50
Richmond Hill Library
1/200 sec., F7.1 and ISO 50

The Canon PowerShot S500 Digital Elph is an ultra compact digital camera that gives consistently excellent quality images. It continues Canon's successful line of Digital Elphs with a stylish, well-designed and solidly constructed take anywhere camera.

The Canon S500 packs 5 megapixels resolution (while the S410 has 4MP). It has fast shutter speed to 1/2,000 sec. to freeze action, as well as slow shutter speed down to 15 sec. for night shots (shutter speeds of 1-15 sec. are manually selected). Though it features a "Manual" mode, this is more akin to Program AE, allowing you to adjust exposure compensation, ISO, white balance, a long shutter speed, and various photo effects. Otherwise, exposure control is auto.

Other notable features are a low-light AF-assist illuminator that allows you to lock focus even in total darkness, and great movie quality at 640x480 size (limited to 30 sec. clips until the memory card is full) with sound.

If you are a looking for a strictly point-and-shoot ultra compact digital camera with excellent image quality, then you should look seriously at the Canon PowerShot S500 Digital Elph. See if you fit the Canon PowerShot S500 Digital Elph User Profile below:

Canon PowerShot S500
User Profile
Desire a quality 5 MP resolution point-and-shoot digital camera capable of producing prints of 11x14 in. and larger.
Want an ultra compact, JeansPocket™ Certified digital camera (small fashion purse, jeans pocket).
Desire a point-and-shoot, with ability to adjust exposure compensation and ISO.
Like the WOW! Factor: this camera makes a fashion statement and will be as well (or even better) elegantly dressed than you'd ever be at formal dress occasions.
Want a camera that performs well outdoors as well as indoors, with point-and-shoot simplicity.

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