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Great camera - for the price,
This review is from: Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera - Black (16.0 MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD (Camera)
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First impressions of this camera is how compact it is. It really is a small camera when compared to my Nikon D5100 DSLR - and a fraction of the weight.
Out of the box, the battery has to be charged before use. The box contains a battery charger, mains lead, USB lead for PC connection, strap, lens cap, software CD & User Manual CD.
Once the battery was fully charged (indicated by green light on charger), it was placed into the camera. Sadly, there was no SD memory card included in the package so I used a spare I had with the Nikon.
Camera switched on, and a quick and easy initial setup of Language / Time / Date was completed in a minute or so.
Using the camera for the first time, I tried a variety of settings. The zoom capability of the camera is very good. A few family portraits (using the portrait mode)rendered lovely sharp images with good flesh tones. Flash, although adjustments to flash level are possible, was left at the standard setting and seemed to provide the perfect amount of light for portrait pictures. Also, the camera does warn you if flash is required in a given situation. To implement the flash, you are required to manually "lift" the flash unit at the top of the camera.
I will point out that the above portrait pictures were shot indoors. When setting up these images on the LCD screen (no viewfinder on this camera), the LCD looked extremely grainy. I'm not overly concerned about this as the resulting images were very good.
Outdoors in daylight, this is not an issue. Again images rendered are very sharp with good contrast and tonal balance.
HD video clips are very sharp and acceptable for 720p. Though the camera will seldom be used for video shooting anyway as my Nikon has full 1080.
The menus can appear to be a little confusing with some functions being difficult to access straight away, but as with most electronic equipment, plenty of hands on experience soon brings all the cameras feature to your fingertips.
I would invest in some LCD Screen protectors as the LCD on this camera can not be turned around as on some cameras to protect it from scratches etc. I would also look to get a camera case for it - though at the moment, there doesn't appear to be many dedicated cases for this model to choose from.
To summarise, while this camera can't hope to be a match for my more expensive Nikon, it does however punch above its weight for its price. We got this camera as a "family use" camera, and for that, I think it fits the bill perfectly. I do think Canon could, for what it would cost, include at least an 8GB SDHC card with the camera though.