Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Availability: September 2012
The outlook:For $100 less than Canon's top megazoom, the 35x zoom PowerShot SX40 HS, the SX500 IS gets you a 30x f3.4-5.8 24-720mm lens, a fixed 3-inch 460K-dot resolution, and a 16-megapixel CCD sensor. It's definitely a step down from the SX40, but Canon claims faster autofocus speed and less shutter lag and, if it's like most other PowerShots, its photo quality will be excellent for its class.
- Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
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Starting at: $198.49
The good: The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS holds an ultrawide-angle 30x zoom lens in a very small, very light body. It offers more shooting options -- including semimanual and manual controls -- than most in its class, and has very good optical image stabilization.
The bad: Despite autofocus improvements, the SX500 IS' shooting performance might still be too slow for action shots, especially indoors. It's not a great choice for handheld low-light shots.
The bottom line: It has its limitations, but the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is a good choice for zoom addicts on a budget.
September 10, 2012 9:30 AM PDT
Photo by: Canon
| Caption by: Lori Grunin, Joshua Goldman
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