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Canon DIGITAL IXUS 500
By Chucks
Category : Digital Camera
Published by Jimmy Tang on Wednesday, 23rd June, 2004
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

Just in case you don't know, the IXUS range is now in its eighth year. The Canon DIGITAL IXUS 400 launched last year was a best-seller in Singapore for several months. The chic looks, ease of use, and impressive image quality made it the camera of choice for those looking for a point-and-shoot digicam.

This year, Canon followed up the success and added three more cameras to the IXUS range. They are the five-MegaPixel IXUS 500, the four-MegaPixel IXUS 430 and the three-MegaPixel IXUS IIs. And in this review, we look at the top-of-the-line digicam in the IXUS family – the DIGITAL IXUS 500.

Vertical view of the IXUS 500. The camera has an orientation sensor which means that portrait shots are automaticaly rotated in your image editing program.

The table below is the list of specifications for the DIGITAL IXUS 500:-

Technical Specifications for the Canon DIGITAL IXUS 500:-
General
Suggested Retail Price* S$799
Dimensions 87.0mm(W) x 57.0mm(H) x 27.8mm(D)
Weight (without battery and card) Approx. 185g (body only)
Tripod Mount Yes, metal
Image Capture
Sensor Type CCD
Image Sensor Size 1/1.8-inch
Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0 million
Number of Recording Pixels (Image/Video Size)
  • Still Images:-
    • 2592 x 1944 (Large)
    • 2048 x 1536 (Medium 1)
    • 1600 x 1200 (Medium 2)
    • 640 x 480 (Small)
  • Movies with audio:-
    • 640 x 480, approx. 30 sec, 10 frames/sec
    • 320 x 240, approx. 3 min, 15 frames/sec
    • 160 x 120, approx. 3 min, 15 frames/sec
Compression
  • Superfine
  • Fine
  • Normal
  • Exposure Control System
  • Programmed AE
  • Metering Modes
  • Evaluative
  • Center-weighted average
  • Spot
  • Lens
    Aperture Range f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
    Focal Length 7.4 - 22.2mm (equivalent to 36mm - 108mm in 35 mm format)
    Optical Zoom 3x
    Digital Zoom Approx. 4.1x
    Focus Range
  • Normal: 46 cm to infinity
  • Macro: 5 to 46cm (W)/30 to 46 cm (T)
  • AF System TTL autofocus Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (center)
    Display
    Optical Viewfinder
  • Real-image zoom viewfinder
  • LCD Monitor
  • 1.5-inch
  • 118,000 pixels
  • Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD
  • Picture coverage 100%
  • Exposure
    ISO Settings
  • Auto
  • Manual ( ISO 50, 100, 200, 400)
  • White Balance
  • TTL auto
  • Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Tungsten
  • Fluorescent or Fluorescent H
  • Custom
  • Exposure Compensation -2EV to +2EV in 1/3-stop increments
    Shutter Speeds
  • 15 - 1/2000 sec
  • 15 - 1 sec. possible in long shutter mode
  • Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec or slower operate with noise reduction
  • Self Timer 2 or 10 sec
    Flash
    Modes
  • Auto
  • Auto with Red-Eye Reduction
  • Flash On
  • Flash Off
  • Slow-Synchro
  • Range (ISO Auto)
  • Normal: 46 cm - 3.5 m (W), 46 cm - 2.0 m (T)
  • Macro: 30 cm - 46 cm (W/T)
  • Accessory shoe None
    Image Storage
    Recording Media CompactFlash card (Type I)
    File and Image Recording Format
  • Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
  • Still images: JPEG (Exif 2.2)
  • Movies: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
  • Power Supply
  • Rechargeable Canon Battery Pack NB-1LH lithium-ion battery, 3.7 V, 840 mAh and charger CB-2LSE (both supplied)
  • AC Adapter Kit ACK500 (sold separately)
  • Connectivity Ports
  • USB 1.1 (mini-B)
  • Audio/Video (A/V) out
  • *Price quoted is correct at time of publication.

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