Canon Powershot ELPH 500 HS Review

Review posted 03/25/2011

Quick Take

  • Awesome build quality
  • Durable, and super slim metal exterior
  • Metal Tripod mount
  • Outstanding image quality
  • Fast shooting performance
  • Loads of useful still and video shooting modes
  • Great HD video quality
  • Outstanding high ISO performance
  • 3 stylish colors (Brown, Pink, Silver)
  • Touch LCD is difficult to use
  • Descent flash, weak on telephoto end
  • Poor Battery Life
  • The standard burst mode didn't live up to Canon's claim of 3.4fps or 8.2fps High Speed Burst
Bottom Line
The ELPH 500HS is an amazing compact digicam, surpassing expectations in image quality and lightning performance. This will be great for anyone with the patience to learn to use the touch screen. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Released in conjunction with the new Powershot ELPH 100 HS and the ELPH 300 HS, Canon's Powershot ELPH 500 HS is their high end model of the ELPH lineup. The ELPH 500 HS sports a 3.2" touch screen LCD as well as a 12.1-Megapixel CMOS sensor for taking pictures. The camera also offers a f/2.0 lens that allows for more natural looking photos and a larger depth of field.

Other features of the Powershot EPLH 500 HS are a 4.4x optical zoom with image stabilizer, full 1080p HD video recording with dynamic image stabilization and the HS system that enables the user to take higher quality photos in low-light without the need for a flash.

Canon Powershot ELPH 500 HS key features include:

  • 12.1-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor
  • 4.4x optical zoom (f/2.0 lens)
  • 3.2" touch screen LCD
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • DIGIC 4
  • Motion Detection Technology
  • DIS system for both stills and video
  • 1080p Video recording
  • Smart AUTO (Face detection, focus, exposure)
  • Face Detection AF,AE, FE, WB
  • 32 shooting scenes
  • Movie Digest Mode
  • Shutter & Aperture Priority modes
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMC+/HC MMC+/Eye-Fi memory card slot
  • Li-ion battery pack
  • Comes in 3 colors (Brown, Pink and Silver)

The Canon Powershot ELPH 500 HS is available in three colors, with a suggested retail price of $299.99 US.

What's In the Box?:
  • PowerShot ELPH 500 HS Body
  • Battery Pack NB-6L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LY
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC11
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

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