Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH S500 / Digital IXUS 500 5.0 MP Digital Camera - Silver
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Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH S500 / Digital IXUS 500 5.0 MP Digital Camera - Silver

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  • Optical Zoom: 3x
  • Type: Point & Shoot
  • Megapixels: 5.0 MP
  • Digital Zoom: 4.1x
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Pretty Good Camera

byarlamacnab Aug 29, 2007
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Compact, quality pictures, Software easy to use, Durable, Rechargable battery via wall...
Cons Settings are average to figure out, Slow Shutter Speed
Recommended it? Yes

I received this camera as a gift December 2004. It is still working perfectly and I have taken many, many pictures. Its been dropped and tossed around, and nothing has failed. It takes a great picture in a variety of sizes.
Its a compact size, perfect for a purse or fanny pack. The only thing... Read full review »


Easy to Use & Great Pictures

byhulabum Aug 1, 2006
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy to use, lots of features, high quality crisp pix
Cons zoom is weak
Recommended it? Yes

What a great little point and shoot camera. Takes beautiful pictures and easy enough for my 7 year old to use. Wish the doors were a little more sturdy and the LCD a little bigger. A second battery is a must, though I've been quite pleased with how long they last. Largest print I've done with it... Read full review »


Warning 4 star camera turns into a pumpkin after 1 yr!

byluv2shop22 May 28, 2006
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros It takes good pictures.
Cons E18 display shows up and the lens jams after a year.
Recommended it? No

I had no problems with my camera until yesterday. While I was at Sesame Place, celebrating my son's 1st birthday...the camera lens jammed up and the "E18" display number came out. My husband had to shimmy the lens to make it close. I came home and researched the problem only to find out that many... Read full review »


Really Excellent Digital Camera

byjohnisgolden Apr 8, 2006
8 Helpfuls 9 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Excellent Normal Pictures and Lens Quality. Good Macros. Durable, Stylish Metal Housing...
Cons Small 1.5" LCD Display. Fussy Lens Zoom. Cheap Plastic Battery and CF Card...
Recommended it? Yes

About three months ago, I purchased this camera, which was New Old Stock. The S500 was introduced about two years ago.

The newer, smaller Canon models have larger LCD Displays, but make compromises in Lens Quality and Ease of Use (buttons are too small on newer models). So, because I... Read full review »


Great small camera

byitalianflowr83 Mar 21, 2006
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros small size, takes good pictures, quality made, very durable
Cons shutter speed
Recommended it? Yes

Love this camera because it's easy to use and is compact enough to take anywhere. We bought it when our first child was born so we could take and email pictures, but have found it to be even more useful than we could have imagined.

Shutter speed is a slight downfall, but for the price and... Read full review »


Worse than a disposable camera!

bycsuncsi Dec 20, 2005
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Recommended it? No

I purchased the canon powershot s500 digital elph last March. I kept getting blurry pictures so I called Canon technical support. They went through the whole procedure to make sure my camera was all set up. Well I followed their directions but everything was the way it should have been. So they... Read full review »


Great Camera-Compact Size, Good quality photos

byshop4me May 25, 2005
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros compact, easy to use, quality photos,great personal settings, very lightweight and quite...
Cons faulty red-eye reduction, low battery life, no zoom when taking video,pictures sometimes...
Recommended it? Yes

This camera is extremely easy to use, very light and compact, just what i needed in a camera! I'm quite disappointed, since the red-eye reduction feature does not work well (or at all), there is no battery-status indicator (it blinks at you for a few seconds and goes dead), and when taking video, I... Read full review »


Awesome camera for candid children's pics!

bychristieny May 17, 2005
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Small, compact, fast, produces excellent pictures
Cons Red-eye reduction feature is distracting to subject and doesn't work very well
Recommended it? Yes

After much deliberation between several point and shoot cameras about a year ago, my husband and I finally decided on the S500. We were upgrading from a 3.2 mp to a 5 for taking snapshots of our son, and this was the best choice we could have made!

Our son is now a year old, and we've... Read full review »


Canon S500 -- Overall, it's a nice camera

byk9kuvasz7 May 7, 2005
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Pictures are always good.
Cons No case, small flash card (only 32MB).
Recommended it? Yes

We have had good luck with this camera -- this unit more than meets our needs. Have had it for about 4 months. Glad we upgraded.

After I started using this camera, I realized quickly that my small 20GB HD wouldn't last long - Thus, I upgraded to a 200GB. I discovered HD's are pretty cheap... Read full review »


Great small camera

bybaj1 Mar 13, 2005
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Small, solid construction, lots-O-features, takes great pictures
Cons Cost, hard to find features, no battery indicator, no optical zoom while recording video
Recommended it? Yes

The S500 is a nice, small, camera. It fits easily in my pants or shirt pocket. It's a solid and rugged design which is good because I can be hard on cameras. We recently purchase a Canon S500 to replace our dated HP 315. The HP315 still takes great photos, it just doesn't have the features of... Read full review »


Not good for motion or night shots! Size is great though!

byjer122 Mar 3, 2005
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Size, Simple to use, 3x optical zoom, Sturdy, easy to to see LCD, 5 MP
Cons No battery indicator, No flash memory settings after power cycle, heats up, small LCD,...
Recommended it? Yes

After about one year of use of my S500 I have come to a few conclusions. First, the size of the camera and ease of use is great! Secondly, the quality of photos shot at night or shots of a moving objects specifically are horrible. I Have gone through every setting on this camera and none of them... Read full review »


A good digital camera for casual use, no manual focus

bycolstudent69 Feb 27, 2005
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Very good resolution, battery life, and accurate colors with good macro mode.
Cons Small for users with big hands, A little pricey for resolution, no manual focus.
Recommended it? Yes

Update 06/04/2005:
Just wanted to comment that my wife and I went to Hawaii and took over 200 pictures with this camera and ended up printing out about 30 of them. The pictures looked great, including the 2 8x10s that we made. Looked just as good as my film camera prints. We continue to be... Read full review »


Small thing with great features

bymaxyourhits Feb 17, 2005
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Simple and easy to use
Cons Battery life is not so good.
Recommended it? Yes

Fine look, small size with 5 mega pixel makes it attractive. Digital photography performance is ultimate. Excellent images with superb design make it wonderful. It saves our memories very brightly. Moreover it is very easy to use.

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Great Camera

bynw_diver Dec 27, 2004
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Great picture quality and ease of use under water.
Cons Battery life, especially with the LCD screen always on. Extra batteries are expensive.
Recommended it? Yes

I bought this camera along with its underwater housing and external strobe in order to take underwater pics while diving. I used it for the first time and was greatly surprised by how well the picture quality was. this camera had all the features I needed to take professional looking underwater... Read full review »


Canon PowerShot S500 5-Megapixel Digital Camera - Why, Canon, Why?

bydkozin Dec 15, 2004
31 Helpfuls 32 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Compact, sturdy, good LCD visibility in sunlight, good photo quality, features, resolution
Cons No modes other than Normal, Landscape and Macro; poor menus, stiff controls, LCD...
Recommended it? Yes

The Canon PowerShot S500 is a 5-Megapixel digital advanced compact camera with metal body that features some manual control. I find some of its features and performance aspects useful and powerful whereas others are annoying and make me question why Canon went the route they did.

The S500... Read full review »


Great Camera for the value

bybtt1968 Dec 6, 2004
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Size, 5 megapixel
Cons Speed of picture
Recommended it? Yes

Small, compact, takes great photos. Sometimes when taking a picture there can be a delay to focus, but usually it is fine. Read full review »


Fantastic "little" camera

byk9kiska Nov 30, 2004
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Small and easy to use.
Cons I wish the battery life were just a bit better.
Recommended it? Yes

Fantastic little camera, and I mean little! Wonderful features easy to use, what more could you ask out of this little gem. With 5 mega pixels and a short but usable 3x zoom in such a compact design, Canon came up with a winner! Read full review »


Finally got it and it's perfect!

byinteragepc Nov 8, 2004
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Slick looks, enough Megapixel, compact, lots of functions, easy to download, etc.
Cons more features than I need, no case
Recommended it? Yes

I've been always wanting Canon powershot digital camera's. But to cut cost I've been buying refurbs and other brands. They weren't bad but since lately the price has really been dropping and I've saved some $ on shipping and tax since I buy from out of state, I was able to convince myself to buy a... Read full review »


Great little thing! Best ELPH I ever had. But not perfect.

byandreasschmieg Sep 30, 2004
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Very compact, always with, sexy design, easy to use, great pictures, superb macro!
Cons Poor in dark environment, battery dies suddenly, expensive battery and charger.
Recommended it? Yes

AUTHOR BACKGROUND: I waited years for this camera to hit the market. My requirements: as compact as the analog ELPH / IXUS APS models, 5 Megapixels (that is what your average analog SLR gets), and below $500. OK, they got me to buy one ... The next challenge: Could it replace my old SLR, a Canon... Read full review »


Great Camera all around

byiiviiaf Sep 19, 2004
1 Helpfuls 2 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Compact size, Cheap Memory, Battery life, Picture quality
Cons Expensive Battery
Recommended it? Yes

The Canon Elph S500 is an excellent camera and is very compact. You will actually be able to put this camera in your pocket with comfort. The camera takes excellent pictures and is very easy to use. The price of this camera is also coming down making it even better. I personally recommend Canon... Read full review »

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