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Canon Digital IXUS 500

The ultimate in stylish, high performance digital photography, the Digital IXUS 500 delivers quality prints up to A3 size. With a super hard Cerabrite...

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Review of "Canon Digital IXUS 500"

published 17/12/2005 | matthew1983
Member since : 16/09/2005
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Pro This baby has everything! Best camera on market!
Cons quite bulky
very helpful
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"Simply perfection - Ixus 500"

I spent over a year researching into digital cameras and yes you can buy cheaper ones than the Canon IXUS 500 but you won't fall in love with it.

Sorry for sounding so patronising but it really is the best camera on the market by far. It's amazingly simple to use with very simple buttons, and menus. The battery lasts ages and the picture quality it produces is better than some professional Photo shops I've been to!

It's a 5megapixel camera which means it can capture 5,000,000 pixels. So the resolution is going to be crisp and clean. It can zoom in and out with clarity and even auto focus if you want it to. Its zoom is upto 12times (3times optical).

The battery life lasts a good long time. I upgraded my memory card to a FLASH 512meg card (don't get confused by those pathetically poorly trained sales people at some shops... it uses a FLASH memory card and not an SD card.)
Anyway I upgraded to a 512meg card and that can take on its best quality over 300 pictures and the battery will last all that time. It even turns its self off after about 5seconds to save the battery drain which is another great feature.

If all that wasn't enough you can take landscape slide pictures which basically is a little bit like wide screen (where you can have upto 2 photo's width wide) and you can even have video!

I've used video camera's plenty and this camera for its size knocks even them down a peg or two. The quality of the video second to none, giving you three resolution choices (640x480, 320x240, 160x120) and that can last upto 3mins (30seconds on the top quality!). It records them in AVI format and also records sound (wav format).... which is another great feature.

The effects it has are your normal standard ones such as sepia, black and white, vivid, low sharpening and neutral. Also the shutter speed can be adjusted from very quick to a fairly long pause (just over a second).

So what about transferring your photo's and video's to PC...?
Just attach the lead and press the transfer button and it copies them in double quick time. (About 2 seconds per image to transfer). IT works on all standard operating systems. I'm currently using Win XP and it works perfectly on there.

So what about the weight issue I mentioned...? Well it not that heavy maybe a little heavier than your average mobile phone (185grams) and its size is 87x57x27.8mm.

The LCD monitor is a fraction smaller than on other cameras but not by very much and the quality of the picture it records is superb so even that small flaw is allowed.

When your taking pictures if you hold down the button half way it will auto focus for you which for me is very handy because I don't have that professional camera man steady hand.

The flash is very powerful as well giving the camera the right amount of light for that perfect moment.

Overall this camera succeeds in every department. It's the perfect camera for beginners and for the more advanced. It's stylish and modern and offers you so much more than other cameras can.

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  • callancool published 18/12/2005
    A little more detail would be nice, but it's a very good start. Check my camera reviews to see how I do it
  • sashaholness published 17/12/2005
    Good review
  • death2mullets published 17/12/2005
    good review, i've got the next model down (ixus 40). these cameras are a different class! :D
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Product Information : Canon Digital IXUS 500

Manufacturer's product description

The ultimate in stylish, high performance digital photography, the Digital IXUS 500 delivers quality prints up to A3 size. With a super hard Cerabrite finish, this flagship of the IXUS range brings together uncompromising build quality and an abundance of integrated technologies in a triumph of miniaturization. A 3x optical zoom culminates 60 years of Canon optical heritage to deliver crisp, corner-to-corner clarity. A 3x optical zoom (12.3x combined) offers a wide angle of coverage, while the 9-point AiAF ensures accurate focusing, even with off-center subjects. High performance demands plenty of processing power - which is why the Digital IXUS 500 incorporates Canon's dedicated DIGIC processor. DIGIC delivers superb image quality at high speed with less drain on the battery for extended performance. iSAPS is a hidden photographer's assistant, instantly analyzing the scene and making adjustments even before the shutter release is pressed. iSAPS optimizes exposure, white balance and auto-focus settings in every shooting situation for consistently brilliant results. An Intelligent Orientation Sensor automatically rotates images before playback. Movie mode allows up to 3-minute movie clips (30 seconds in VGA mode) with sound recording, playback and 'in-camera' editing. Auto mode is perfect for 'point and shoot' situations, while Manual mode puts you in creative control. An optional waterproof case protects your IXUS to a depth of 40m. The camera prints directly to all PictBridge or Canon Direct Print compatible printers. Create beautiful, instant photo prints by connecting camera to printer and pushing the Print/Share button, which also speeds up online sharing to any Windows PC. When used with a Canon Compact Photo Printer, you can print ID photos, or a series of movie clip frames. With Canon's ZoomBrowser EX (for Windows) and ImageBrowser (for Macintosh) you can arrange albums, crop photographs and adjust image contrast and brightness.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon Digital IXUS 500 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Sensor Resolution: 5.0 Megapixel

Lens System: 3 x zoom lens - 7.4 - 22.2 mm - f/2.8-4.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 46 cm

Digital Zoom: 4.1 x

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom

Display: LCD display - 1.5"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 840 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.7 cm x 2.8 cm x 5.7 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg


MPN: 9343A005AA, 9343A006, IXUS 500, 9343A007, 9343A008

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Sensor Resolution: 5.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 5,300,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 5,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/1.8"

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Digital Zoom: 4.1 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Landscape, macro, stitch assist

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Vivid

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, fluorescent light (daylight)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 3 x zoom lens - 7.4 - 22.2 mm - f/2.8-4.9

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 36 - 108mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 46 cm

Macro Focus Range: 5-46cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 5 groups / 7 elements

Features: Built-in lens shield, aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 3.5 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.5 frames per second, 2.2 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support


Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image zoom


Type: 1.5" LCD display

Resolution: 118,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft VideoImpression, Canon ImageBrowser


Included Accessories: Battery charger, USB cable, wrist strap, audio / video cable

Body Material: Stainless steel


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 840 mAh ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Supported Memory Cards: CompactFlash

Included Memory Card: 32 MB CompactFlash

Image Storage: Super-fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 11 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 21 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 43 - with 32MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 18 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 33 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 67 - with 32MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 30 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 54 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 108 - with 32MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 120 - with 32MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 196 - with 32MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 337 - with 32MB card

Video Capture: AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 640 x 480 - 10 fps - 46 sec - with 32MB card ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 91 sec - with 32MB card ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 242 sec - with 32MB card

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 8.7 cm

Depth: 2.8 cm

Height: 5.7 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Main Features

Resolution: 5 Megapixel


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