Thursday, October 4, 2007

Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH Review

Announced just before PMA in February 2005, the SD500 (which goes by the names of Digital Ixus 700 in Europe and IXY DIGITAL 600 in Japan) is the latest in a long line of ultra-compact 'ELPH' or 'IXUS' cameras stretching back to early 2000 (and a lot farther back than that in the film camera world). The 7 megapixel SD500 is curvier and slightly wider than previous models, and replaces the S500 (IXUS 500) as the flagship of the range (it's around 8% lighter than that model). Other changes (many also seen in the new SD400) include a new mode dial, faster USB 2.0 connectivity, improved performance thanks to the DIGIC II processor and upgraded movie capabilities. Like its predecessors, the SD500 lacks much in the way of manual controls, but it does manage to cram a lot of high end features into its diminutive all-metal casing;

  • 7.4 megapixel CCD
  • 2.0-inch color TFT monitor
  • 37-111mm (equiv.) F2.8 - 4.9, 3x optical zoom
  • 640 x 480 movies at 30fps
  • Fast frame rate movies (320x240 pixels @ 60fps)
  • Print/Share button
  • New 'hold' feature
  • Custom white balance
  • Spot, center-weighted and evaluative metering
  • DIGIC II and iSAPS
  • 9-point AiAF
  • Nine scene modes

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