Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

from  $328+
71
Global
Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
71

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Engadget Summary

When you put a 30x zoom lens in a compact camera and sell it for $249, there are bound to be some trade-offs, and in the case of Canon's PowerShot SX500 IS, the biggest one is image quality. As Pocket Lint puts it, "image quality is let down by both the lens and image processing," and even at the camera's lowest ISO settings, "there’s still a presence of luminance noise and the processing reveals slightly “fuzzy” edges." Zooming in on distant subjects causes the camera to struggle with what Pocket Lint calls "colour fringes, slight softness from image processing and image noise problems." While ePhotoZine points out that the SX500 IS is capable of "generally good" image quality, "if you mostly shoot outdoors at lower ISO settings," if you want better performance in a superzoom, you'll need to spend more and get something like Canon's PowerShot SX50 HS, or settle for an older model, like the SX40 HS, which is still available, and sells for just a little more than the SX500 IS.

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Battery life

80
 

Design and form factor

80
 

Ease of use

80
 

Video quality

75
 

Speed (start-up time, lag)

67
 

Image quality

68
 

How It Stacks Up

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86
 

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79
 

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