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PowerShot SD500

PowerShot SD/ELPH Series

PowerShot SD500 Kit Contents

PowerShot SD500 Kit Contents PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH Wrist Strap WS-700 SD Memory Card 32MH Battery Pack NB-3L Battery Charger CB-2LU Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM AV Cable AVC-DC300 Interface Cable IFC-400PCU


Type of Camera


Compact digital camera with built-in flash and 3x Optical/4x Digital/12x Combined Zoom

Image Capture Device


7.1 Megapixel, 1/1.8 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels

Approx. 7.4 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 7.1 Megapixels


Focal Length

7.7-23.1mm f/2.8-4.9 (35mm film equivalent: 37-111mm)

Digital Zoom


Focusing Range

NORMAL: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity
MACRO: 2.0 in.-1.6 ft./5-50cm (W), 1.0-1.6 ft./30-50cm (T
DIGITAL MACRO: 2.0-3.9 in./5-10cm (W)

Autofocus System

9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center) (Intelligent Orientation Sensor), AF Lock, AF-assist Beam On/Off


Optical Viewfinder

Real-image optical zoom viewfinder

LCD Monitor

2.0 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD

LCD Pixels

Approx. 118,000 pixels

LCD Coverage


Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture

f/2.8-7.1 (W), f/4.9-13.0 (T)

Shutter Speed

15-1/2000 sec.

Exposure Control


AUTO, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent

Light Metering Method

Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot*
*Metering frame with Spot mode is center fixed.

Exposure Control Method

Program AE, AE Lock is available

Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

ND Filter

Not Available

White Balance

White Balance Control

Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom


Built-in Flash

Operation Modes: Auto*, Flash On*, Flash Off, Slow Synchro* Red-Eye Reduction is available

Flash Range

Normal: 1.6-15.8 ft./50cm-4.8m (W), 1.6-9.2 ft./50cm-2.8m (T)
Macro: 1.0-1.6 ft./30-50cm (W/T) (When sensitivity is set to Auto)

Recycling Time

Approx. 10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)

Flash Exposure Compensation

Not Available

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes

Still Images: Auto, Manual, Scene Modes (Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Underwater), My Colors, Stitch Assist; Movies: Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, My Colors.

Photo Effects

Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White

Self Timer

Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec. or approx 10-sec. delay, custom

Wireless Control

Not Available

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 2.0 shots/sec.

Image Storage

Storage Media

SD memory card

Print Order Format

Design rule for camera file system Exif 2.2 (JPEG) and DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant

Image Recording Format

Still: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movies: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (Monaural))

JPEG Compression Mode

Normal, Fine, SuperFine

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 3072x2304 (Large), 2592x1944 (Medium 1), 2048x1536 (Medium 2), 1600x1200 (Medium 3), 640x480 (Small), 1600x1200 (Postcard Date Imprint Mode)
Movie: 640x480, 320x240, 160x120

Number of Recordable Images

Image data


Time of Recordable Movies

Movie data

 Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
Storage capacity varies depending on the scene or the subjects. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of SD Memory Card. Individual clips are limited to 3 minutes. The values given above vary depending on the subject, shooting conditions and shooting mode.

Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File

Single, Index (9 thumb images), Normal Playback, Special Playback, Slow Motion, Movie Editing

Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes

Still Images: Single Images, All Images
Movies: Part of Movie, All of Movie


Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B/PTP)

Video Out


Audio Out



SD memory card slot. Direct connection to Canon CP Printers and select BJ Printers (no computer required)

Power Supply

1. One Rechargeable lithium-ion battery NB-3L
2. AC Adapter Kit (ACK-900) NB-3L: LCD On - Approx. 160 shots (CIPA Test Standard); LCD Off - Approx. 550 shots. Approx. 210 minutes (Under Canon's standard conditions*1 with fully charged battery)

Power Source

1. One Rechargeable lithium-ion battery NB-3L
2. AC Adapter Kit (ACK-900)

Shooting Capacity

NB-3L: LCD On - Approx. 160 shots (CIPA Test Standard); LCD Off - Approx. 550 shots.

Playback Time

Approx. 210 minutes (Under Canon's standard conditions*1 with fully charged battery)

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature

32-104° F/0-40° C

Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.37 x 2.24 x 1.04 in./85.6 x 57.0 x 26.5mm (Excluding protrusions)


Approx. 6.0 oz./170g (camera body only)

Note: *1 Normal temperature (73° F/23° C). Shoot images at wide angle and at telephoto end alternatively with 20 second intervals. Use flash every fourth shot. Turn camera off and on after every eight shots. LCD brightness setting by Factory default.

21 languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish)

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