Canon PowerShot S500 (Digital IXUS 500 / IXY Digital 500) User Reviews

Announced Feb 9, 2004 •
5 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 36 – 108 mm (3×)
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- my first digital camera, nothing else to say - in those times i was happy about every feature and every bug of camera:)

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I bought this camera as a present for myself nearly two years ago at Christmas. At the time, I bought three cameras to compare, Sony DSC-W1, Nikon Coolpix 4100 and the Canon S500. I liked the instant on of the Sony, as well as the large screen. Nikon also had a fast startup. I picked up the Canon because I had prior experience with the S400, of which I admired the picture quality. I did a shootout on my own. Instantly, the Sony got blown out of the water by the Nikon and Canon in terms ...

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Had this camera for two years.Gave excellent results provided you switched off the Ai focus -this switches the focus point and gave out-of-focus results. On a few occasions this camera gave spot-on focus and very sharp results. Problems: Very noisey at 400 ISO -when the light drops the shots are fuzzy because the shutter speed has dropped to low light level.Nothing to tell you to adjust ISO. Biggest problem is the catch which holds the compact flash in the camera BREAKS OFF even when the ...

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We had an S400 that was lost on a vacation. Looking for a replacement, I noted the S400 was out of productions and examined the SD400/SD500. I thought the large LCD nice, but a poor trade-off for the lack of any place to put your thumb when holding the camera. Also found the very thin SD cameras hard to hold two handed and impossable to hold one handed. Bought one of the last S500's (essentially the S400 with a bigger sensor) from NewEgg for $245. Just got it, tried it out. Excellent ...

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Fantastic camera! As my old Canon S400 is slowly dying (was dropped) I began to search for replacement. Naturally I started to look among new models: Nikon Coolpix L1, Panasonic Lumix LX1, Canon SD400, Sony P-200. I tried them all. Although these models feature more pixels, functions and LCD sizes, their shots do not even come close to those of S400/S500 models in terms of color representation and sharpness. If you are looking for picture quality S500 is the benchmark among ultracompacts. P ...

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I bought this camera about one year ago mainly because of good image quality combined with its compact size. I compared this camera against a Minolta G-530, took exactly the same shots of one object, maximum zoom, printed the JPG's on Kodak paper and the IXUS 500 was superior in terms of colours and image quality. (I even convinced the sales girl to change her opinion on what camera was best) The IXUS is extremely lightweight and is a permanent travelling companion. The LCD viewer is small ...

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It's slightly bigger than my two-way pager and I bought a pouch so I can carry it all over. 5 mpx is not just to produce large prints but also good to crop and get a good 4x6. The pic quality is amazing considering its size. I use it for my photo journal. Problems: The camera could handle 200-300 shots per change, but... does anyone know how the camera keep track of its battery life? I get this "low batt" message popped up and camera powers off instantly after 3-4 shots. No warning. Also, ...

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A "Best Value" for the money. I have owned two other DC's and borrowed a number of others, but this is one great pocket camera. It was FREE. Take a look. http://www.FreeDigitalCameras.com/?r=18513344 Pros: Quick power-up and shutter response, Inexpensive compact flash memory, Great Canon imaging, Fairly rugged construction, A huge number of shots per charge. I would buy this camera again. Problems: It can struggle in low light Some menu items are hard to find, ...

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I travel worldwide for business and purchased the S500 in December 2004 as a more compact alternative to the bulky NIKON Coolpix 5000 I previously owned. The S500 is truly portable, and while there are lighter cameras in its size range, it seems to be solidly built. The idea was that I would take more pictures of my travels if I was able to easily take my camera with me (anyone here remember CYCWY from photo mags? 'Carry your camera with you!). I found the S500 too bulky for pants and ...

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After my good old PowerShot S20 started to die and it was not worth to repair it again, I was in a search for a smaller camera, which I can take with me everyday. First I bought a Casio Exlim but the pictures were horrible, so I returned it and took this camery instead. - fairly fast startup time - uses CF cards (so I can reuse my S20 cards) - excellent image quality - robust body (metal), can take some beating - works in extremly cold enivorments (tested on 3,500 m in wind and snow and ice) ...

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