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PowerShot SX500 IS

PowerShot SX Series

PowerShot SX500 IS

PowerShot SX500 IS 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



Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 30x Optical, 4x Digital and 120x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer


16.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD

Total Pixels

Approx. 16.6 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 16.0 Megapixels

Focal Length

4.3 (W) - 129.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-720mm)

Optical Zoom


Digital Zoom


Focusing Range

Normal/Auto: 0 in (0cm) - infinity (W), 4.6 ft. (1.4m) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: 0 in - 1.6 ft. (0-50cm) (W)

Autofocus System

TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus

Optical Viewfinder


LCD Monitor

3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle

LCD Pixels

Approx. 461,000 dots

LCD Coverage

Approx. 100%

Maximum Aperture

f/3.4 (W) - f/5.8 (T)

Shutter Speed

1-1/1600 sec.
15-1/1600 sec. (Total shutter speed range)


Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600

Light Metering Method

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center

Exposure Control Method

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)

White Balance Control

Auto*, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
* Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.

Built-in Flash

Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
- Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.

Flash Range

1.6 ft. - 16 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.8 ft. (T) (50cm - 5.0m (W), (1.4 - 3.0m (T))
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance

Recycling Time

10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)

Flash Exposure Compensation

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

Shooting Modes

M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Auto*, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Discreet, Movie*3
- Shooting movies is possible with the movie button
*1 Portrait, Face Self-timer, Low Light, Snow, Fireworks
*2 Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
*3 Standard, iFrame Movie

Photo Effects

My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color*
*Adjustment of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available

Self Timer

Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom*
*Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.

Wireless Control


Continuous Shooting

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)
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.
- Differs according to zoom position.

Storage Media

SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card

File Format

Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant

Image Recording Format

Superfine, Fine

JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Images:
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

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)

Image data

 * When shooting in Low Light• The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculatedby using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.

Movie data

*1 Playback frame is 25 fps.
*2 Playback frame is 30 fps*3.
*3 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.

Playback Modes File

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
Normal Playback*1, Skip Backward*2, Previous Frame*3, Next Frame*3, Skip Forward*2
- Displays playback position and shooting time
Using the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer.
*1 Audio settings available in 5 levels
*2 Approximately 4 seconds
*3 Slow motion available

Erase Modes

Select Image, Select Range, All Images
- The image data in the memory cared stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
- Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie (1 sec. increments) can be deleted.

Video Out

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

Audio Out

Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)


SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers

Power Source

Battery Pack NB-6L, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit CA-DC40)

Shooting Capacity

Approx. 195 shots

Playback Time

Approx. 4 hours

Operating Temperature


Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

4.09 x 2.74 x 3.16 in. / 104.0 x 69.5 x 80.2mm


12.0 oz. / 341g (CIPA standard)
11.2 oz. / 318g (camera only)Note: 30 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese).

All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.

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