Canon Powershot S500 Review

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Canon PowerShot S500




Features & Controls



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The S500 features a 3X (36-108mm in the 35mm format) f/2.8-4.9 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in shutter closes to completely protect the lens.

An advanced TTL AiAF nine-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. Focusing range is 1.5 feet to infinity in normal mode and macro coverage is 2 to 18 inches in wide angle and 11.8 to 18 inches in telephoto.


Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The autofocus is light-assisted and works properly even in the dark. The illuminator also functions as the selftimer indicator.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The built in flash offers Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction and Slow-Synchro modes. Flash range is 1.5 to 11.5 ft. in wide angle, 1.5 to 6.6 ft. in telephoto or 11.8 in. to 1.5 ft. in macro mode (with ISO set to Auto.) The focus-assist lamp also serves as the red-eye reduction lamp.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

You can frame your pictures with the color LCD or to save precious battery power you can use the optical eyelevel finder. This is a coupled viewfinder with approx. 82% coverage. It has no dioptric adjustment. Next to the finder are two LEDs that indicate the flash and focus status.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

Controls on the top include the Power On/Off button, the shutter release button and the zoom lens control around the shutter release. The zoom lens control also functions as the magnify and index buttons in playback mode. Not shown is the microphone which is at the other end of the top. The small lever below the shutter release is the Record / Play mode switch, see the next frame.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

Controls on the rear are minimal but very effective. In the upper left is the Mode Dial with positions for Movie, Panorama Assist, Manual and Automatic. In the upper right is the Play / Record switch. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images during playback. In record mode you press "Up" to change metering mode, press "Right" to change flash modes, press "Down" to change the drive mode and press "Left" to change the focus mode. To the right of the 4-way controller is the new Print/Share button, which allows you easy access to printing and transfering images to your computer(Windows only). Note: (This option only works in playback mode). The Print/Share button blinks or lights during a printer or computer connection, Blue (ready to print/transfer) and Blinking Blue (printing/transfering). Buttons under the LCD (left to right); the SET button accepts menu selections, the MENU button calls up and dismisses the menus, the DISPlay button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of data displayed on it, the FUNCtion button gives you access to many settings (Exposure compensation, white balance, ISO, Color effects, image quality and image size.), it also functions as the image delete button in playback mode.

See the next page for a description of the Record mode menus.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The DIGITAL port connects USB to the computer for image download and camera control with the supplied RemoteCapture software. The AV Out handles monaural audio and the video signal can be connected to your TV set with the supplied cables.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The PowerShot S500 is equipped with a Type I CompactFlash card slot and comes with an 32MB CF card. It can handle any capacity CF Type I card.

Approximate Storage Capacity - 32MB CF Card

Large
(JPEG)
2592 x 1944 pixels Superfine 11
Fine 21
Normal 43
Medium1
(JPEG)
2048 x 1536 pixels Superfine 18
Fine 33
Normal 67
Medium2
(JPEG)
1600 x 1200 pixels Superfine 30
Fine 54
Normal 108
Small
(JPEG)
640 x 480 pixels Superfine 120
Fine 196
Normal 337
Movie 640 x 480 pixels 46 sec.
320 x 240 pixels 91 sec.
160 x 120 pixels 242 sec.




Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The S500 comes with a Canon NB-1LH 3.7v 840mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims a fully charged battery can record 190 shots with the LCD on or 440 shots with it off and a replay time of approx. 140 minutes.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The supplied 100-240V CB-2LS 2-hour rapid charger (in N. America) plugs directly in the wall socket and charges the battery "out of the camera" which is very handy if you have a second battery (highly recommended.)

Optional accessories include AC Adapter Kit ACK500 (which contains Compact Power Adapter CA-PS500, DC Coupler DR-500, and an AC Power Cord).





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