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The Canon IXUS 500 HS was released in January 2012, it has a 12x optical zoom lens packed into its incredibly tiny body. There is also a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and full 1080p HD video recording. The IXUS 500 HS is available in red, black, blue and silver, priced at £309.00.
The camera has a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and the HS system is designed to excel in low light. To help take blur free photos there is Intelligent Image Stabilisation, which adjusts the optical image stabilisation to the scene from 7 modes.
In order to make picture taking as easy as possible there is Smart Auto mode which automatically selects the cameras settings from 50 different variables. With Face ID you can also register 12 faces from your friends and family. The IXUS 500 HS can capture fast-paced action with High-speed Burst or Handheld Night Scene can be used to combine a sequence of high-speed shots into one to capture nightscapes without a tripod.
Videos are recorded at full 1080p HD at 24fps with stereo sound and optical zoom, with Intelligent IS helping keep footage steady. It is also possible to shoot videos at high-speed with Super Slow Motion Movie mode. Movie Digest mode can be selected to record up to 4 seconds before each picture is taken, which is then combined to create a 720p HD movie. To view your videos, the camera can be connected via HDMI to a HD TV.
- 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
- 12x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 28 - 336mm)
- HS System and DIGIC 5
- Intelligent Image Stabilisation
- 3.0 inch PureColor II G LCD screen
- Full 1080p HD movie recording
- Smart Auto (58 scenes)
- Face ID
- High-speed shooting
- Movie Digest (720p)
- Optional 3m waterproof case
The four buttons for exposure compensation, macro, flash and disp all double up as a d-pad. The other buttons on the rear are function set, menu and movie recording. The playback button, which works even when the camera is off, is found on the top of the camera with the shutter release, on/off switch, shutter, zoom-rocker and mode select.
The camera has a clear and easy to navigate menu system, with the function set button taking you to all the shooting settings available, further options can be amended by pressing the menu button. The small buttons have allowed for a 3 inch 460k dot LCD screen, with a tempered glass outer layer and is easy to view in all lighting conditions and all angles. It may have been better if Canon had used a touch-screen rather than small buttons. There is an optional waterproof case available which allows shooting down to depths of 3m.
The battery is a similar size to an AA battery and has a CIPA rating of 190 shots, this is quite a low number and it would be ideal to carry a spare. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot to shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average.
|Shutter Response||0.2 seconds|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.35 seconds|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 seconds|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.75 seconds|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||1.4 seconds|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.8 seconds|
|Continuous shooting||2.4 fps|
|High-speed Burst (2.5 megapixels)||5.9 fps|
Continuous shooting takes full-sized images at 2.4 fps, with High-speed burst limited to 2.5 megapixels.
Canon IXUS 500 HS Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/400 sec | f/3.4 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 48.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/80 sec | f/5.6 | 48.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/8 sec | f/3.4 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
There isn't any noise at ISO 100 and when you go through ISO 200 and ISO 400 there is only a very small increase in noise levels with sharp images produced. At ISO 800 there is enough noise to cause the images to lose a touch of sharpness. Noise then becomes significant to enough to effect image quality at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200, but noise doesn't effect the quality of the colours in the images, making these higher ISO settings usable for images which are to be resized for use on the web.
Canon IXUS 500 HS ISO test images
ISO 100 | 1/8 sec | f/5.0 | 12.8 mm
ISO 200 | 1/15 sec | f/5.0 | 12.8 mm
ISO 400 | 1/30 sec | f/5.0 | 12.8 mm
ISO 800 | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 12.8 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/125 sec | f/5.0 | 12.8 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/250 sec | f/5.0 | 12.8 mm
Landscape mode does an excellent job of creating images with great blues and greens. Portrait mode takes images with pleasant skin tones, but there is some red-eye evident. Further portrait modes include Smooth Skin and Smart Shutter, which uses face detection to take pictures automatically. High-speed burst has been used to capture the water droplets flowing from the fountain.
Canon IXUS 500 HS Scene modes
Landscape | 1/800 sec | f/3.4 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Landscape with building | 1/1250 sec | f/3.4 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 11.1 mm | ISO 320
High-speed burst | 1/1000 sec | f/4.5 | 10.3 mm | ISO 500
Low-light scene | 1/60 sec | f/3.4 | 4.0 mm | ISO 800
Miniature | 1/250 sec | f/4.5 | 11.3 mm | ISO 100
The following pictures have been taken using some of the creative modes available. Other modes include miniature, underwater and stitch assist. Further example images can be seen in the ePHOTOzine Equipment Database.
Canon IXUS 500 HS Sample Photos
Colour accent | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 800
Colour swap | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 800
Fish eye | 1/40 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 1600
Monochrome | 1/40 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 1600
Poster effect | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 800
Soft focus | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 800
Super vivid | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 800
Toy camera | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 800
The auto white-balance copes perfectly well in most lighting conditions. Under our incandescent studio lights the AWB setting gave an orange cast to the image, with the incandescent preset giving a better looking image. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB performs well, with the fluorescent preset giving a very slight cast in the image.
Canon IXUS 500 HS White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/4.0 | 6.3 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.0 | 6.3 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.6 sec | f/4.0 | 6.3 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.6 sec | f/4.0 | 6.3 mm | ISO 100
My colours allows you to adjust colours to your preference, with examples of each below.
Canon IXUS 500 HS Digital filters
My colours - off | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 100
My colours - vivid | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 100
My colours - neutral | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 100
My colours - sepia | 0.3 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 100
My colours - black and white | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 100
My colours - positive film | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 100
My colours - vivid blue | 0.3 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 100
My colours - vivid green | 0.3 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 100
My colours - vivid red | 0.3 sec | f/5.0 | 13.0 mm | ISO 100
Video ModeThe following video has been shot at full 1080p HD. Examples using the optical zoom and Super Slow Motion mode can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.
Value For MoneyThe Canon IXUS 500 HS is currently available for £309.00. Other compacts with a similar zoom range and megapixels are the Canon IXUS 1000 HS (10x zoom at £249.00), Canon IXUS 510 HS (12x zoom at £349.00 and Ricoh CX6 (10.7x zoom at £259.00). There are many cameras available with similar zoom and more megapixels, such as the Canon Powershot SX150 at £164.00, Olympus SH-21 at £184.00, Nikon Coolpix S8200 at £199.95 and Canon IXUS 1100 HS at £304.00.
|The Canon IXUS 500 HS packs a lot of zoom into a very small body and takes colourful images.|
Canon IXUS 500 HS ProsVery compact camera
12x optical zoom
Full 1080p HD video recording
Excellent colour reproduction
Good range of creative modes and colour filters
Canon IXUS 500 HS ConsButtons are very small
Quite expensive compared to other cameras with similar spec
Low battery life
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Canon IXUS 500 HS Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.4 - f/5.6|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 336mm|
|CCD pixels||10.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||461,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-9L|
|Box Contents||Battery pack NB-9L, Battery Charger CB-2LBE, Interface Cable, Wrist Strap, Getting Started Guide, Manual Disk, Solution Disk and Warranty System Booklet|