Powershot sx500 IS

Started Sep 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Powershot sx500 IS
Sep 13, 2012

I've just joined to try and get some user help. I've heard this model is just out and I was wondering if it would meet my needs - and which are the other comparable models around? I'm highly surprised that there's no thread for this yet.

I'm after a bridge or compact system style model. I currently have an EOS 450 dslr and am fed up with lugging a big camera and spare lens round. I'd love a portable size camera (don't mind it's weight - being female, my handbag has inured me to weight).

I believe the size and type of sensor are more important (to a point) than the number of MP but the technical stuff mostly makes my eyes glaze. I'd love a kit lens that can let me both zoom (for interesting details on or in buildings) and do macro (flowers). I'd like a camera that can give decent results up to ISO1200 and allow me to mess with the white balance. I appreciate some image stabilisation too as I have a slight tremor and can occasionally find it difficult to keep the camera still enough.

I can't work out if this is a successor to the SX40 HS or is a slightly inferior, and thus cheaper, camera. Would the sx160 meet my needs anyway?

All advice gratefully received.

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
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