Canon PowerShot S500 Review

The IXY DIGITAL 500 builds on the great design and performance characteristics of its predecessors – the long-selling IXY DIGITAL 400 and IXY DIGITAL 500, which were introduced in March and May 2003, respectively – and introduces new features.

With the addition of a Print/Share button, the models improve the ease and enjoyment of Canon’s Direct Print functionality. Users may make photo prints straight from a compatible printer with a single click of the new Print/Share button, eliminating the need for a computer altogether.

Canon PowerShot S500

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Users will also be able to swiftly and conveniently transfer photographs to a Windows-based computer using this functionality. Additionally, new print-related features include ID Photo Print, which makes it simple to print photo prints that are compatible with all of the major identification-photo sizes in use around the world; and Movie Print, which allows users to print sequences of video files captured on the memory card.

As the first camera in Canon’s ultra-compact IXY DIGITAL series to integrate a five-megapixel picture sensor, the Canon ixy digital 500 offers more image capture precision than any other camera in the IXY DIGITAL series.

It was introduced in June 2004 as a limited-edition white-bodied version of the Canon IXY DIGITAL 500, which had originally been released in March of that year. The front panel of the new model is coated with a newly designed high-gloss surface finish, which achieves a transparent whiteness and a smooth feel similar to that of porcelain. The IXY DIGITAL 500 White Limited will only be sold in Japan and will be offered in a limited quantity of 10,000 units.

Canon PowerShot S500 (Digital IXUS 500 / IXY Digital 500) Specs

Body typeUltracompact
Max resolution2592 x 1944
Other resolutions2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1240 x 768, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3
Effective pixels5 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors5 megapixels
Sensor size1/1.8″ (7.144 x 5.358 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ISOAuto, 50, 100, 200, 400
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuper-Fine, Fine, Normal
Focal length (equiv.)36–108 mm
Optical zoom
Maximum apertureF2.8–4.9
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaSingleLive View
Digital zoomYes (4.1 x)
Manual focusNo
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Number of focus points9
Screen size1.5″
Screen dots118,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewNo
Viewfinder typeOptical (tunnel)
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Aperture priorityNo
Shutter priorityNo
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.50 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Manual (Red Eye On/Off)
Continuous drive2.2 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Resolutions640 x 480, 30 sec, 320 x 240, max 3 mins with audio
Storage typesCompact Flash (Type I)
Storage included32 MB CompactFlash
USBUSB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NB-1LH Battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)215 g (0.47 lb / 7.58 oz)
Dimensions87 x 57 x 28 mm (3.43 x 2.24 x 1.1″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo

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