Canon Powershot SD500 Review

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Canon Powershot SD500




Record Modes & Menus



Canon Powershot SD500

The screen display in the Automatic record mode. Icons across the top and left indicate that metering is Evaluative, single frame drive, auto red-eye reduction flash, Auto exposure mode. The image size is Large, quality is Superfine and there's space left on the SD card to take 64 more pictures.



Canon Powershot SD500

When the color LCD is turned on and you half-press the shutter you will see which of the nine AF points (green rectangles) were used for the focus lock.



Canon Powershot SD500

Manual exposure mode is like Auto in that the camera selects both the shutter speed and aperture for a correct exposure but you now have access to a multitude of Function and Menu options and color effects. Icons on the left here indicate white balance is day light, ISO speed is 50, color effect is Vivid and metering is evaluative.



Canon Powershot SD500

Manual mode Function options:


    Mode - Manual, Macro, My Colors
      Manual - Allows selection of exposure settings
      Digital Macro - Uses digital zoom to further enlarge macro subject
      My Colors - Select color processing options (see below)
    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering +/- 2.0EV in 1/3 steps
    White Balance - Auto, day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, 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 3072x2304, 2592x1944, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 640x480, Postcard(1600x1200) this is a special 3:2 ratio mode for making 4x6 in. prints.
    My Colors options appears only in My Colors mode
      Positive Film - intensifies Red, Green and Blue colors
      Lighter Skin Tone - makes skin tones lighter
      Darker Skin Tone - makes skin tones darker
      Vivid Blue - emphasize blue tints
      Vivid Green - emphasize green tints
      Vivid Red - emphasize red tints
      Color Accent - preserve selected color, rest of image black and white
      Color Swap - transform the selected color to another
      Custom Color - adjust color balance of red, green, blue and skin tone




Canon Powershot SD500

Manual mode MENU options:

    AiAF - Multi-point auto focus: On or Off= Center only
    Self-timere - 10 or 2 seconds, or custom delay time and number of shots
    AF Assist Illuminator - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - On or Off
    Review Time - Off, Hold or 2 - 10 secs
    Date Stamp - Off, date, or date&time (only works in 3:2 Postcard mode)
    Long Shutter - allows selection of a long shutter speed
    Stitch Assist - Help shooting overlapping images to comprise a panorama




Canon Powershot SD500

To set long shutter speeds, first set Long Shutter to ON in the main menu. In the Function menu, highlight exposure compensation then press the Menu button. The shutter speed is displayed at the bottom of the LCD; select a value from 1 to 15 seconds using the left and right buttons of the 4-way controller. Depress the FUNC./SET button to return to shooting mode. The LCD viewfinder's live image provides a preview of the exposure; adjust the shutter speed for the exposure you want. Noise Reduction is applied for exposures of 1.3 seconds or longer.



Canon Powershot SD500

In shooting mode, repeatedly depressing the left button of the 4-way controller toggles the camera's focusing mode among macro, infinity and autofocus modes.



Canon Powershot SD500

The camera has a very respectable macro focusing mode with coverage from 2 inches to 1.6 feet in wide angle and 1 to 1.6 feet in telephoto. The orange illumination is the focus assist lamp.



Canon Powershot SD500

Scene Mode is selected on the Mode dial. Depress the FUNCT./SET button to select the scene mode of your choice: Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, and Night Snapshot. These modes are pre-programmed to give you the best possible pictures for particular shooting situations.



Canon Powershot SD500

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.   The of a tripod and a bubble level is recommended.



Canon Powershot SD500

You can record movie clips with audio at a variety of resolutions and frame rates. Standard movies can be recorded at resolutions of 640x480 or 320x240 at frame rates of 30 or 15 fps; the size of a single movie is limited to 1 gigabyte. Fast Frame Rate is used to record fast moving subjects; frame rate is 60 fps and resolution limited to 320x240; clip length is limited to 1 minute. Compact movies are recorded at a resolution of 160x120 with a frame rate of 15 fps. My Colors mode can be used to enhance colors or for special effects; resolutions of 640x480 or 320x240, and frame rates of 15 or 30 fps can be selected. 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 built-in speaker. Full audio-video playback is also possible when connected to a TV monitor or a compatible PC after downloading.



Canon Powershot SD500

Movie mode recording options:

    Mode - Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, My Colors
    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom one-push WB set
    Effect - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, B&W
    Frame Rate: 30 or 15 fps
    Movie Size: 640x480 or 320x240

The use of Self-Timer, AF Assist beam and Digital Zoom can be chosen from the main menu.

Movie Recording / SD Card Capacity

Movie Size Resolution 32MB 128MB 512MB
Standard / My Colors 640 x 480 30fps 14 sec. 1 min. 4 sec. 4 min. 9 sec.
Standard / My Colors 640 x 480 15fps 30 sec. 2 min. 7 sec. 8 min. 14 sec.
Standard / My Colors 320 x 240 30fps 42 sec. 3 min. 1 sec. 11 min 42 sec.
Standard / My Colors 320 x 240 15fps 1 min. 24 sec. 5 min. 55 sec. 22 min 53 sec.
Fast Frame Rate 320 x 240 60fps 21 sec. 1 min 32 sec. 5 min 59 sec.
Compact 160 x 120 15fps 3 min. 26 sec. 14 min 29 sec. 55 min 57 sec.

(640x480/320x240 30/15 fps is limited to 1 gigabyte max. size, Fast Frame Rate up to 1 min., 160x120 up to 3 min. max.)





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