Canon's powerful 30x Optical Zoom and 24mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake so you achieve brilliant images whether you are up close or far away.
16.0 Megapixel sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor deliver stunning quality images.
Capture breathtaking 720p HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
Large 3.0-inch LCD with 461,000 dots enables easy viewing.
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations to ensure the best possible image capture for stills or video.
Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for shake-free images in a wide variety of conditions.
Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist button aids in tracking and capturing subjects during super telephoto photography.
High Speed AF greatly improves focus speed so you capture every shot with ease.
The PowerShot SX500 IS gives you all the power of super zoom in a camera that's sized to go everywhere! The extremely powerful 30x Optical Zoom with 24mm Wide-Angle Lens (35mm equivalent: 24-720mm) gives you true shooting versatility, while the Optical Image Stabilizer ensures crisp, brilliant images at any zoom length. Image quality is spectacular thanks to the 16.0 Megapixel sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor, and you can capture stunningly realistic 720p HD video in stereo sound with a simple press of the movie button. An enhanced Zoom Framing Assist button helps you track and capture subjects for sharp super telephoto photography, and new High Speed AF dramatically reduces lag time so you’ll never miss a shot. Just hold the PowerShot SX500 IS in your hand to experience what makes the new design so special. The camera's slim, compact body is proportioned in perfect relation to the giant zoom, while rounded corners with angled grips are a natural fit for the palm of your hand. Zoom right onto the field to capture sports action, achieve those wide-angle travel shots, preserve memories of special events as beautiful HD video - it's all possible with the PowerShot SX500 IS!
Great camera w great accessories (perfect for a lady)
Pros: Lightweight and small camera with grip enough to handle. Easy to use selection menu. Lithium battery means it is little and light. Gets in close so I can take those closeup flower shots on hikes. Second battery in accessories super plus. Great memory card. Like the grip tripod accessory. Reader accessory great idea. Has plug in battery charger too. Great camera for a novice or person with a shaky hand as well. Good image stabilization. I can walk and take pictures on the move with great images. Lens cap easy to deal with.
Cons: No viewfinder but I didnt want one. Camera bag not my favorite and almost unnecessary for the size of the camera (one of the accessories). Hard to thread the neck strap through notches on the camera...Canon could engineer that little detail better but once you got it, satisfaction.
Other Thoughts: All around great little camera. Better than the little box cameras and so much lighter than those DLR giants that you cant toss in your purse or pack without taking up valuable space. This is the camera to have, ladies! Fits your hand great, light and looks serious enough when you need that. Plus downloads fast!
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