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Canon IXUS 500 HS IXUS 125 HS Hands-On Preview

Canon IXUS 500 HS IXUS 125 HS Hands-On Preview - We take a first look at these ultra compact cameras with impressive optical zoom from Canon.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Canon IXUS 500 HS
Price : £150
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Canon IXUS 500 HS ELPH 520 HS
Canon IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS in Red

Canon announced two new Canon IXUS models, known as Canon ELPH in the US, however, just to add to the confusion they use different model numbers in the US. Here we have a look at the US versions, which are identical apart from the label. The Canon IXUS 500 HS aka Canon ELPH 520 HS is unique in that it's an ultra compact with a 12x optical zoom lens, it's also the first Canon camera to use microSD. The IXUS 500 HS has a compact lens that extends very little out of the camera body whether using the wide setting or the telephoto setting.

Canon IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS Features:

  • 12x zoom in tiny and stunning metal body
  • HS System: 10.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 5
  • Intelligent IS
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
  • Full HD movies
  • Smart Auto (58 scenes)
  • Face ID
  • High-speed shooting
  • Movie Digest (720p)
  • Optional 3m waterproof case
  • Available from early March, priced at £309 RRP incl. VAT

Canon IXUS 500 HS Photos of Equipment


The Canon IXUS 125 HS aka, the Canon ELPH 110 HS features an ultra compact body, a wider than normal 24mm 5x optical zoom lens and Full HD video recording. Both models feature Face ID where you can tell the camera to prioritise your favourite family members. The IXUS 125 HS uses normal sized SD cards.

Canon IXUS 125 HS ELPH 110 HS
Canon IXUS 125 HS ELPH 110 HS

Canon IXUS 125 HS / ELPH 110 HS Features:

  • Beautiful slim metal body with 24mm, 5x zoom
  • HS System: 16.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 5
  • Intelligent IS
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
  • Full HD movies  
  • Smart Auto (58 scenes)
  • Face ID
  • High-speed shooting
  • Movie Digest (720p)
  • Optional waterproof case
  • Available from late February, priced at £229 RRP incl. VAT

Canon IXUS 125 HS Photos of Equipment


The Canon IXUS 125 HS is impressively thin and we plan to get a much closer look at these cameras over the next couple of days at CES 2012. It will be interesting to see how these ultra compact cameras perform and whether making them ultra compact has had any negative impact on image quality.

Read more CES 2012 coverage here!

Canon IXUS 500 HS Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.4 - f/5.6
35mm equivalent28mm - 336mm
Optical Zoom12x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels10.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)3648
Pixels (H)2736
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)6.16mm
Sensor Size (height)4.62mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution461,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest15sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting2.8fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiNo
Storage
Card Type
  • Micro SD
  • Micro SDHC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-9L
CIPA Rating190
Box Contents
Box ContentsBattery pack NB-9L, Battery Charger CB-2LBE, Interface Cable, Wrist Strap, Getting Started Guide, Manual Disk, Solution Disk and Warranty System Booklet
Dimensions
Weight155g
Width87.1mm
Height53.9mm
Depth19.2mm

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11 Jan 2012 2:53PM
the First camera kinda looks a big ugly, like the old power shot designs. Iduno. :S

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