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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Black Approx. 16.0 MP 30X Optical Zoom 24mm Wide Angle Digital Camera HDTV Output

  • 1/2.3" CCD Approx. 16.0 MP
  • 30X Optical Zoom
  • 24mm Wide Angle
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3.0" 461K LCD
  • 1280 x 720
  • Approx. 195 shots

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Learn more about the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS


PowerShot SX Series
PowerShot SX500 IS
Part Number



Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.3" CCD
Gross Pixels
Approx. 16.6 MP
Effective Pixels
Approx. 16.0 MP
Large: 4608 x 2592
Medium 1: 3264 x 1832
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080
Small: 640 x 360

Large: 4608 x 3072
Medium 1: 3264 x 2176
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064
Small: 640 x 424

Large: 4608 x 3456
Medium 1: 3264 x 2448
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200
Small: 640 x 480

Large: 3456 x 3456
Medium 1: 2448 x 2448
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200
Small: 480 x 480
Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization


Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Wide Angle
Focal Length
4.3 (W) - 129.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-720mm)
f/3.4 (W) - f/5.8 (T)


Shutter Speed
1-1/1600 sec.
15-1/1600 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom


Focus Type
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Normal Focus Range
0 in (0cm) - infinity (W), 4.6 ft. (1.4m) - infinity (T)
Macro Focus Range
0 in - 1.6 ft. (0-50cm) (W)


Flash Mode
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range
1.6 ft. - 16 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.8 ft. (T) (50cm - 5.0m (W), (1.4 - 3.0m (T))


Exposure Control
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift; AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
Still Images: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
Metering System
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600

White Balance

White Balance
Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

Viewfinder & Monitor

3.0" 461K


Continuous Drive
Normal: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Normal: Approx. 2.8 shots/sec. (in Low Light mode)
AF: Approx. 0.5 shots/sec. (in P mode)
LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Shooting Modes
M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Auto, SCN, Creative Filters, Discreet, Movie
Stills & Videos: Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display, Active Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Image Search, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)

Still Images: Single, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning

Videos: Normal Playback, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward
HDTV Output

Recording System

File Formats
Storage Media


Movie Format
MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Movie Recording
HD 1280 x 720: 25 fps
iFrame Movie HD 1280 x 720: 25 fps
Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 5 fps / 2.5 fps / 1.25 fps
Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)
Max. Recording Resolution
1280 x 720


A/V Out
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Mini-HDMI connector


Battery Pack NB-6L
Battery Life
Approx. 195 shots


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.

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.09 x 2.74 x 3.16 in.
12.0 oz. / 341g (CIPA standard)
11.2 oz. / 318g (camera only)

Package contents

Package Contents
PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera
Battery Pack NB-6L
Battery Charger CB-2LY
Lens Cap
Neck Strap NS-DC11
USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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  • Suzanne C.
  • 8/19/2013 10:38:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCanon SX500 is

Pros: Light weight

Cons: The camera never worked properly. The camera locked frequently, the error code appear ":E02" so I never got a real chance to see what it was liked.

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  • Julia B.
  • 2/27/2013 6:11:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat camera for the price.

Pros: Great camera that takes great photos for the price! Very pleased with this purchase. It's also a great looking little camera that will be easy to take on hikes!

Cons: None that I can tell.

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  • David D.
  • 1/1/2013 9:40:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCanon

Pros: Great shot, great Video, Very quick shots wonderful zoom most pics clear when max zoom 120x

Cons: doesnt take good motion pics

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