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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera - Black (16.0 MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

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  • 30x optical zoom, 24mm wide lens in a mini ultra-zoom body. 60x with ZoomPlus
  • 16 Megapixels for detailed shots and poster-size prints
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS for sharp photos and steady movies
  • Large 7.5 cm (3.0”) LCD (460k) with helpful Hints & Tips
  • Smart Auto detects 32 scenes (21 in movies) for point and shoot simplicity.

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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera - (16MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
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This item is due to be released on September 15, 2014.

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 15,900 x 14,400 x 10,500 cm ; 340 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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  • Item model number: 6353B010AA
  • ASIN: B0090GKH5I
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 21 Aug 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,738 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

An easy-to-use, ultra-portable 30x zoom camera ideal for capturing every family occasion

Features include:

  • 30x optical zoom, 24mm wide lens in a mini ultra-zoom body. 60x with ZoomPlus
  • 16 Megapixels for detailed shots and poster-size prints
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS for sharp photos and steady movies
  • Large 7.5 cm (3.0") LCD (460k) with helpful Hints & Tips
  • Smart Auto detects 32 scenes (21 in movies) for point and shoot simplicity
  • Effortless HD movies (720p) with stereo sound, movie button, optical zoom and HDMI
  • Zoom Framing Assist helps to locate subjects at high zoom
  • Fun Creative Filters including Miniature and Toy Camera Effect
  • Grow your creative skill with Manual shooting modes
  • Face Detection for great people shots
Ultra-portable and ideal for all the family
Ultra-portable and ideal for all the family
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Compact design, advanced features

The 16 Megapixel PowerShot SX500 IS packs a high quality 30x optical zoom into a mini ultra-zoom body that's easy to use.  Intelligent IS keeps shots and movies steady no matter how far you zoom while Smart Auto detects the shooting scenario and automatically adjusts settings to the most suitable mode for the shot. With a fun range of Creative Filters, different effects can be added to stills and movies instantly, letting you explore your creative side and giving you unique shots every time.

Powerful zooms made small
Powerful zooms made small
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Powerful zooms made small

From recording family holidays to capturing a special day, the optical zoom lenses make it easy to capture every moment, even when you can’t get as close to the action as you’d like.  Utilising Canon’s extensive expertise in lens design, it features a newly-developed 24mm wide-angle, 30x optical zoom lens, small enough to fit in a travel-friendly body.

For getting even closer to your subject, Canon’s ZoomPlus technology digitally extends the lens reach, zooming as far as 60x. Zoom Framing Assist is on hand to help when using the full reach of the powerful zoom, letting you zoom out at the touch of a button and relocate your subject, before zooming back in as you release the button to take your shot.

Picture-perfect every time

Packed full of clever imaging technologies the PowerShot SX500 IS ensures photos are captured in crystal clear detail. It features a new 16 Megapixel sensor that captures vivid colours and striking detail, resulting in shots that wow friends and family. Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor ensures that pictures are captured quickly and in life-like detail, whether shot at sunset or against the challenging bright snowscapes of winter holidays.

Intelligent IS
Intelligent IS automatically selects the correct Image Stabilizer mode from seven different settings
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Sharp, steady shots throughout the zoom range

When shooting with the zoom extended or in dark conditions camera shake is likely to occur, increasing the possibility of blurred results. Canon’s advanced optical Image Stabilizer and Intelligent IS technologies ensures sharp, steady shots throughout the zoom range. Intelligent IS automatically selects the correct Image Stabilizer mode from seven different settings to match the subject and shooting situation – so whether you’re shooting a close-up of a baby’s face or capturing a movie on the move at full zoom, the PowerShot SX500 IS will deliver sharp results

Big screen viewing for stills and movies
Big screen viewing for stills and movies
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Big screen viewing for stills and movies

Images can be composed and shared instantly on the large 7.5cm (3.0’’) LCD screen, which displays everything in crisp detail and rich colour. New users can also access a range of helpful on-screen Hints & Tips which include an easy guide to mastering your camera’s settings and modes, and improving your knowledge of the camera and its functions.

Smart Auto
Canon Smart Auto gives great shots even in strong backlighting
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The perfect shot at the touch of a button: Smart Auto (32 scenes)

No matter what’s being captured, from family picnics to days out at theme parks, or evenings at the beach, the PowerShot SX500 IS will help you to capture the perfect shot at the touch of a button, thanks to Smart Auto with Advanced Subject Detection technology. Cleverly detecting 32 different scenes, Smart Auto analyses the scene and automatically changes the camera’s settings to capture pictures you can be proud of.

Once you’ve got to grips with the camera and are ready to experiment even more, you can easily switch to Full Manual Control, where you can control individual camera settings including shutter speed and aperture.

Record life as a movie in stunning, high-definition detail

Thanks to the PowerShot SX500 IS, special family moments can be relived for years to come with the ability to capture high-quality HD movie footage with stereo sound. A dedicated Movie Record Button also lets you switch instantly from stills to movies, for complete flexibility and creative control, while a HDMI-CEC connection offers big screen viewing on compatible HD TVs.  Use standard HDMI cable to connect your camera with an HDTV and enjoy your photos and movies in perfect clarity and crystal clear sound.

Dynamic and Powered Image Stabilizer modes keep movies steady when shooting on the move or using full zoom.

Zoom Framing Assist

Zoom Framing Assist helps you keep track of a distant subject at high zoom. At the press of a button the camera quickly zooms out of the scene - so you can relocate the subject - zooming back the moment the button is released.

Fun Creative Filters

Creating unique, fun shots is also simple with a range of easy-to-use Creative Filters, which instantly transform your images and movies with one of six different effects. Add a new perspective to pictures with Fish-eye Effect, or create a retro shot using Monochrome Effect.

Full Manual control; 0 cm Macro

Expand your creativity with Full Manual control of shutter speed and aperture. Capture beautiful close up detail using 0 cm Macro mode.

Face Detection

Face Detection Technology ensures great people shots. It detects up to 35 faces in a single frame making sure they remain in focus and with optimum brightness. Face Detection White Balance ensures natural skin tones even in unusual lighting conditions.

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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec 2012
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April 2014 update : This Canon SX500 IS has been replaced with the identical looking 30x zoom Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Camera (12.1MP, 3 inch rear LCD) that has a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor (which is a 4 million pixel drop in resolution from the 16 megapixel CCD in this SX500). Although probably less sharp than the SX500's old 16MP CCD detector in daylight, the new back-illuminated 12MP CMOS detector in the SX510 increases low light sensitivity and so reduces image noise in lower light (still using Digic 4 processing), and the cameras ISO max has been increased from 1600 to ISO 3200. Otherwise the newer SX510 HS has near identical features to this SX500 IS and shares the same lens, and so also has purple fringing problems in areas of hi-contrast. Which rate the new Canon PowerShot SX510 HS highly giving it a 'recommended' rating.

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My wife rates this Canon SX500 IS camera very highly. The PowerShot SX500 IS measures 104 x 70 x 80mm and weighs 341g including battery. That's pretty small and light for a camera with a massive 30x zoom - in fact this Canon SX500 is the smallest and lightest mega zoom camera currently available. That zoom is the 35mm dSLR equivalent of suitcase full of SLR lenses ranging from 24mm wide angle to 720mm telephoto, and there's the Canon's macro option that can focus from 0 cm. Plus the camera is solidly built, looks great, isn't expensive and has a load of adjustable control features. OK image quality isn't as good as a decent bridge camera, there's noise on all images and this becomes very noticeable above ISO 400 or if you enlarge the photo.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Karen Foenander on 28 Jun 2013
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Really happy with this camera. It's not too complicated to use, looks good, is small which makes it easy to carry and it's 30mm zoom is amazing (but you do need a support or tripod as it's very difficult to not shake the camera when the zoom is out fully) As you can probably tell from my review I am not an experienced photographer, I just love taking pictures and this camera suits me down to the ground. I would recommend you purchase an Anti-glare Screen protector for the back screen as this camera does not have a view finder (which I would have really preferred) and when you do get glare on sunny days you can only really see your reflection.
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147 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Caroline P. VINE VOICE on 14 Nov 2012
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I thought this was a surprisingly small and light camera for having a 30x zoom. It won't fit in a pocket - unless it's a big, baggy one - but should slip easily into a bag, or not wreck your neck muscles if carried on a strap. It has a nice comfortable grip, a good clear layout on the back with a nice clear screen (although I could only test it in autumn sunlight), a convenient one-touch recording button for movies and, wonder of wonders, a lens cap with a thin strap you can attach to the camera body so you can be sure of not losing it. It also feels reassuringly solid and well made. All in all, it gave a good first impression. The only no-no was the discovery that the Digital Zoom was switched on by default. The camera gives you a 30x Optical zoom anyway. A Digital zoom appears to add to that but doesn't actually give you any extra pixels - the ones you have are magnified and image quality suffers as a result. Most photographers would advise you to turn the digital zoom off and forget about it. And this camera cannot afford to give away image quality as it is its weakest point already. The other annoying negative is a manual that comes on disc rather than as a book.

Startup time is fast, as you'd expect with a modern camera. The menus are nice and clear with a brief description underneath of what each option is for. This is not always too helpful - if you don't know what a "Servo AF" is, or whether you want it on or off, just telling you that the option turns it on or off is not all the useful! So you need the manual - bad luck if you're out in the field and away from your PC for viewing it. However, Canon menus on the whole are usually nice and clear and easy to navigate, and this one is no exception.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Brinkworth on 30 July 2013
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I am having so much fun with this camera. I have only ever used point and shoot before, this camera lets me go from that in stages as I gain confidence to a fully manual mode. Even I am surprised by how good the photos are. The only downside is that the manual is online.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Thayla on 17 Oct 2012
I bought this camera as an alternative to a more complicated dslr. Ive had it for about to weeks, and I do alot of outdoor/nature photography(hobby). Ive taken some really great shots and am still learning all there is to know about this camera. But overall I would say that it is a really fun camera and it has a really great zoom. Can take acceptable pictures at really far distances. The macro is far better than my last camera and is suitable for my needs and since my primary photography targets are insects, this should say something. With the camera's zoom capabilities I might consider shooting birds lol. :) An extra battery might be something you want to consider however. One full charge will last me 2 or 3 days.....thats maybe an hour a day of active picture taking.
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