Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS / IXUS 310 HS 12.1 MP Digital Camera - Pink
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS / IXUS 310 HS 12.1 MP Digital Camera - Pink

  • Optical Zoom: 4.4x
  • Type: Point & Shoot
  • Digital Zoom: 4x
  • Megapixels: 12.1 MP
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS / IXUS 310 HS 12.1 MP Digital Camera - P...

Experience an intuitive touch panel technology with the PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera. Do almost everything right on the LCD - like choosing an AF point, set exposure settings and record videos - all with the touch of one finger. The PowerShot ELPH 500 HS brings the art of photography at your command. The Canon HS SYSTEM takes the frustration out of low light shooting. The system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact, and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. Beautiful low light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds, and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.Experiencing the brilliance of full HD video in a Canon PowerShot ELPH digital camera has never been easier. With the convenient dedicated movie button, you'll be able to instantly record everyday moments in amazing life-like realism at a push of a button. You can also operate the optical zoom while shooting video so you can get in close - but don't worry about shaky footage because Dynamic IS will help keep your videos steady! The PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera sports an f/2.0 aperture, perfect for creating enticing portraits, by drawing attention to the face and blurring the background with its impressively shallow depth-of-field. The large aperture also does more. It lets you capture more nuances in low light shooting by using more of the available light. The ultra wide-angle lens puts more into every frame so you can easily photograph landscapes, tall buildings and large groups of people.The PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera is equipped with High-Speed Burst mode that lets you catch every single detail in pure Canon brilliance. A 4.4x optical zoom lens enables you to capture subjects that are close and far away. The added bonus of an optical image stabilizer ensures that every moment you photograph will come out amazingly clear and focused. The PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera takes the quality of your still images and videos to a high level automatically. The camera's advanced Smart AUTO system detects a wealth of information about the scene you're shooting, then automatically selects the optimal settings for you. Now with an expanded range of 32 shooting scenarios, the camera handles a wide variety of situations, freeing you up to concentrate on composing your shot and capturing the moment you're looking for.For photography enthusiasts, the ability to control aperture and shutter speed is key. The Aperture- and Shutter-priority modes on the Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS digital camera make it easy for anyone to take extra control over the look and feel of images captured. In Aperture-priority mode, you set the aperture and the camera automatically selects an appropriate shutter speed. This lets you create sharp subjects with beautifully blurred backgrounds, and landscapes with foreground, middle ground and background all in focus. Shutter-priority mode lets you choose a shutter speed while the camera automatically selects the aperture. Higher shutter speeds are great for catching stop-action shots of moving subjects, while lower shutter.Putting together a video containing highlights from family vacations, important occasions and other special events is now easier than you might imagine. Using the Movie Digest mode, you can have the camera automatically record a short video clip every time you shoot a still image. The camera will then combine an entire day's worth of clips into a single video. No editing required - Movie Digest mode does all the work, so you can sit back and enjoy your video!

Consumer Reviews


Canon Powershot Digital Elph 500 HS

byHoward_Creech Sep 14, 2011
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Pros Easy to use, Very good pictures, HD video, Large LCD
Cons Touch screen LCD is slow and imprecise, expensive, slight tendency toward...
Recommended it? Yes

Canon has been the top selling P&S digicam maker in the U. S. for a long time.  Canon also sells more entry-level and amateur level DSLRs than any of their competition.  Photojournalists, Pro Sports shooters, Wedding photographers, Magazine and Free Lance shooters, and others who make... Read full review »

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Product Details and Features


Shooting Programs Beach
Special Effects Toy camera • Posterization • Miniature • Vivid Blue • Sepia • Fisheye • Vivid Red • Neutral • Vivid Green • Lighter Skin Tone • Color Swap • Color Accent • Vivid • Black & White • Monochrome • Custom Effect • Darker Skin Tone
Continuous Shooting Speed 3.4 frames per second

Other Features

Shooting Modes Frame Movie Mode
TouchScreen Yes
Additional Features Brightness Control • AF Lock • Digital Tele-Converter • Safety Zoom • Exif Print Support • RGB Primary Color Filter • Touch-Screen Control • Wink Self-Timer • Face Detection Self-timer • Orientation Detection • DPOF Support • Smile Capture • USB 2.0 Compatibility • i-Contrast system (Intelligent Contrast Correction) • Histogram Display • Automatic Face Tracking • Direct Print • 1080p Full HD Movie Recording • AE/FE Lock • PictBridge Support • Scene Detection Technology • Red eye Fix • Smart Flash Exposure
Face Detection Yes

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature 40 °C
Min Operating Temperature 0 °C


Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080

File Format

Digital Video Format MOV • iFrame • H.264


Battery Form Factor Manufacturer specific

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Supported MS Windows XP SP3 • MS Windows Vista SP1 • MS Windows 7 • Apple Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.6


Expansion Slot 1 x SD Memory Card
Connector Types 1 x HDMI output
HDMI Output Yes


Microphone Type Microphone - built-in - stereo
Microphone Operation Mode Stereo


Screen Details LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3.2" - color
Display Rotation Built-in
Display Type LCD


Depth 0.98 in.
Width 3.96 in.
Height 2.18 in.
Weight 5.82 Oz.


Viewfinder Type None

Memory / Storage

Supported Flash Memory Eye-Fi card • SDXC Memory Card • MultiMediaCard • SDHC Memory Card • MultiMediaCardplus • SD Memory Card

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Type Built-in flash


Exposure Metering Center-Weighted • Evaluative • Spot
Max Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec
Min Shutter Speed 15 sec
Exposure compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Light Sensitivity ISO 100
Light Sensitivity Max 3200
Exposure Modes Automatic • Shutter-Priority • Program • Aperture-Priority

Lens System

Auto Focus type TTL contrast detection
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 24 - 105mm
Macro Focus Range 3-50cm
Focus Adjustment Automatic

Optical Sensor

Sensor Size 1/2.3"

Key Features

Optical Zoom 4.4x
Type Point & Shoot
Digital Zoom 4x
Megapixels 12.1 MP

Product Identifiers

Model ELPH 500 HS / IXUS 310 HS
UPC 8714574564975
Brand Canon

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