Canon Powershot S500 Review

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Canon PowerShot S500




Record Mode Screens & Menus



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The screen display in the Automatic record mode. Icons across the top indicate that metering is matrix, single frame drive, red-eye reduction flash, Auto exposure mode. The image size is currently Large and quality is Fine. And we have enough space left on the CF card to take 422 more pictures.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The Auto mode recording options:

    (from the Function menu):
    Image Resolution 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1600x1200 or 1024x768
    Image Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal

    (from the regular Menu):
    Selftimer Off, 2 or 10 sec
    AF Assist Illuminator On or Off
    Digital Zoom On or Off
    Review Time Off, 2 or 10 secs





Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

In Manual record mode the icons looks similar to Auto mode but here you can now adjust the exposure compensation, change the white balance, use a Photo Effect, the ISO is settable, you can select Spot metering, disable AiAF or select a slow shutter speed and more.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

To access these options you press the FUNC. button


    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering +/- 2.0EV in 1/3 steps

      Long Shutter - If enabled via the menu you can select a shutter speed from 1 to 15 seconds via the Exposure Compensation setting.

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom one-push WB set
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
    Effect - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, B&W
    Image Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
    Image Resolution 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1600x1200 or 1024x768




Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

Manual mode recording options:

    AiAF - 9-point automatic AF point selection On or Off
    Continuous Drive - Normal or High Speed
    Selftimer 2 sec or 10 sec delay time
    AF Assist Illuminator On or Off
    Digital Zoom On or Off
    Review Time Off, 2 or 10 secs
    Long Shutter On or Off




Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

When the color LCD is turned on and you half-press the shutter you will see the active AF points (green rectangles) used for the AF lock. You can also see the effects of the focus illuminator (orange-red beam.)



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

Slow shutter speeds from 1 to 15 seconds can be used after selecting the Long Shutter option in the menu. To access these slow shutter speeds you press the FUNC button and go to the exposure compensation option. Press the SET button and then select the desired shutter speed.

Noise reduction is automatically applied to pictures taken with shutter speeds between 1.3 and 15 seconds. Needless to say, the use of a tripod is pretty much a requirement at any shutter speed slower than 1/15 second and use of the selftimer will eliminate camera shake when tripping the shutter.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The StitchAssist Panorama mode aids you via on-screen prompts to achieve the proper overlap of sequential photos for later "stitching" with the PhotoStitch program. You can capture up to 26 images in either left-to-right or right-to-left orientation. After the first picture is taken the white balance and exposure is locked until you exit the StitchAssist mode.   Use of a tripod is required.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The S500 can record movie clips with audio at 15 frames per second in 640x480, 320x240 or 160x120 resolution. The maximum length of each clip is now up to three minutes thanks to Canon's new DIGIC processor. Movie clips are recorded in Motion JPEG format and saved as AVI files.

Both the video and audio portion of movies can be replayed on the camera thanks to the builtin speaker. Full audio-video playback is also possible when connected to a TV monitor or a compatible PC after downloading.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

Movie mode recording options:

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering +/- 2.0EV in 1/3 steps
    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom one-push WB set
    Effect - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, B&W
    Movie Size: 640x480, 320x240, 160x120




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