Canon Powershot S500 Review

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Canon PowerShot S500




Playback Screens & Menus

Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

When you select Playback mode the last picture taken is displayed. You can move backward or forward through the images using the LEFT and RIGHT buttons. The amount of overlay information displayed is controlled by pressing the DISP button. This frame shows the default information, across the bottom is 10/10 which means image 10 of 10 total. Superfine/Large image and the time and date it was captured.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

Pressing the DISP button again brings up further icons to indicate the capture mode (auto, manual, movie), flash mode, exposure compensation, white balance, ISO speed and metering. In the upper right corner is the exposure histogram.

If you press the DISP button again all of the overlay information is removed. This is good for when you are showing the pictures on the TV and don't want the info displayed.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

You can quickly search through stored images using the Index playback function which is actuated by pressing the Wide zoom control button. Nine thumbnail size images will be displayed and you can select one using the LEFT or RIGHT buttons and then pressing the Telephoto zoom button. Pressing the Wide button again will put you in jump mode where you can backward or forward a page at a time.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The image can be magnified up to 10x in ten steps by pressing the telephoto zoom button. Once the image is enlarged at any step, you can move around inside of it using the 4-way selector buttons.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

Movie clips can be played in the camera with audio thanks to the builtin speaker. Here is the full info screen shown before playing a movie clip.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

You get "VCR-like" buttons to control the playback of movie clips.





Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

You can also edit the length of a movie clip.





Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

Pressing the MENU button brings up this page of options. Protect or unprotect image(s), rotate image for display on TV (Not necessary if you shot the picture with the Auto Rotate option enabled), Sound Memo will let you attach up to a 60 sec voice "note" with an image, Erase all will delete ALL the images, Slide Show is for automated playback on a TV, Print Order lets you set the DPOF printing information.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The Sound Memo options lets you record memos or notes up to 60 seconds in length which are attached to still images. You can overwrite or delete previous memos.



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The Setup sub-menu lets you to turn the Beep sounds on/off, adjust the LCD backlight, enable the Auto Power Down option (off, on), set the time and date in the internal clock, format the CF card, adjust the volume of several functions, reset the file numbering, enable auto rotation, set the menu language, and specify the video out format (NTSC or PAL).



Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH

The MyCamera sub-menu lets you customize the startup and shutdown screens and the camera's sound effects.





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