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February 2010

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Canon Powershot SD500 - IXUS 700

Canon-Powershot-Sd500The Canon Powershot SD500 (also known as the IXUS 700) is a new 7.1 megapixel digital camera from Canon just announced. It comes complete with a 1/1.8inch type CCD image sensor, 2 inch LCD and a 3x Optical Zoom lens.

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Digital Camera Info has a first impressions review of the Canon PowerShot SD500 and writes - 'The 7.1-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD500 follows in the tradition of the Digital ELPH line with its compact size and stylish look. However, this model gets a slight makeover with its rounded edges. The added comfort is a welcome feature to the ELPH series, which is known for its flat, sharp surfaces. The SD500 also adds other features that are debuting in the compact line. A custom self-timer lets users choose a time delay between 1-30 seconds. A series of digital color filters, as well as color accents and even a color swap are available.' - Also read their full review of the Canon Powershot SD500

DCRP reviews the Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH and writes - 'With the PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH, Canon has delivered an excellent ultra-compact, high resolution digital camera that's one of the best out there. It takes excellent quality 7.1 Megapixel photos that rival those from the higher-end PowerShot G6, though purple fringing and corner softness are issue (though minor, thankfully). While it's a bit chunkier than the other SD series cameras, the SD500 is still a very small metal camera that can go anywhere with ease. Build quality is very good, save for the usual cheap plastic door over the memory card and battery compartment. The SD500 has a nicely sized 2.0� LCD display that gains up in low light situations (finally!). I'm also glad to see that Canon has done away with the optical viewfinder on the SD cameras.'

PC Magazine reviews the Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital Elph and writes - 'The SD500 is a versatile, accurate, fun 7MP compact camera that performed very well on our tests and will appeal to a broad section of shooters. We like it so much, we've awarded it our Editors' Choice.

Pros: Quick performer. Excellent image quality. Unique My Color feature. Good ergonomics. Sleek and attractive.

Cons: Macro mode did not produce good results. Flash had some problems in backlit situations.'

CNET Reviews has a review of the Canon PowerShot SD500 and writes - 'The Canon PowerShot SD500 is in many ways a lovely camera and in many ways a frustrating one. On the plus side, it has an exterior design that combines form and function more elegantly than any point-and-shoot we've ever tested. A Digic II-powered image-processing system enables the SD500 to snap a limitless stream of 7-megapixel photos at a respectable clip, and its start-up time is tops in its class. Unfortunately, the camera's downside is also substantial. Severe fringing, hit-and-miss focus, and high noise even at lower ISO settings bedevil the SD500's photos. In the end, this is a camera that we really enjoyed shooting with but whose weak photo quality ultimately disappointed us.'

DP Review reviews the Canon PowerShot SD500 digital camera and writes - 'It's not without reason that the IXUS/Elph range has proved so popular; the combination of size, design and materials, performance and decent image quality is a compelling one. The SD500 is no exception; it's fast, easy to use and capable of producing first-class results in the right situations - and it has all the hallmarks of a design classic. But it's not a camera without problems. Some, such as the rather erratic behavior of the AiAF 'intelligent' focus system, can be easily overcome (switch to center focus), others, such as the SD500's tendency to miss fine low-contrast detail, will only really cause you a problem if you're printing at sizes over about 8x10 inches.'

Imaging Resource has published a review of the Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital Camera and advise - 'Canon's ELPH line of digital cameras have consistently offered good image quality, user-friendly design, and excellent build quality, and the new Canon PowerShot SD500 is no exception. While it's not actually that much smaller than the previous CompactFlash-based SD500 model, it feels a lot smaller, thanks no doubt to its sleekly sculpted, curving body design. When it comes to picture taking, while actual exposure control remains automatic, the ability to adjust ISO, White Balance, and access longer shutter times significantly increases the camera's shooting range. Thanks to its high-speed DIGIC-II processing chip, it's also very responsive for a subcompact digital camera, and its movie capability goes far beyond what I'm accustomed to seeing from subcompact digicam models. One particularly positive note is that the Canon SD500 seems to largely avoid the problems with softness in the corners suffered by the SD200 and SD300 models, and its 7-megapixel CCD also manages to keep noise levels under control, even at ISO 400.'

Digital Camera Review has a review of the Canon Powershot SD500 Digital Camera and writes - 'Canon's little SD500 is a revolutionary imaging tool that pushes the boundaries of product development right to the cutting edge where the upper limits of current resolution technology meet the potential limits of miniaturization. With the introduction of the SD500 Canon has achieved one of the two symbolic holy grails of the digital imaging revolution (the other is an affordable high performance dSLR). Photography has always been about compromises so there will never be a perfect camera, but the new Canon Powershot SD500 comes tantalizingly close. It is (for now) in a class all by itself.'

Pocket Lint reviews the 7 megapixel Canon Ixus 700 (also known as the SD500) and asks the question we all asked when we saw it announced - do you really need that many megapixels in a point and shoot digital camera? They write:

'So should you be rushing out to buy the Ixus 700. This is the important question and we can�t help but feel the answer is NO.

Yes the camera�s results are good. Yes the size and the style are equally as impressive, in fact on paper you would think this would be a resounding YES. But it all comes down to do you really need 7 megapixels in a compact digital model if all you are planning on doing is printing the odd 6in x 4in prints?'

DP Expert reviews the Canon IXUS 700and writes -

'The IXUS700, like its competitors in this price range, seems to be so fast in its responses that we may be able to say that shutter lag is now just a bad memory. We had no trouble capturing the decisive moment.

The camera is small enough to easily fit in a pocket. Face area is almost exactly the same as a credit card and it is 25mm thick. It feels quite heavy, but in the best and most reassuring way.

Results from this camera were consistently good, requiring little or no post processing in the computer.'

Megapixel reviews the Canon SD500/IXUS 700 and writes - 'Photos captured over the entire focal length ranges reveal a solid performance overall, but also that focus is at its softest at the widest angle.

Distortion, on the other hand, is minimal at both ends of the range � pincushion is negligible at the telephoto end and barrelling is never obvious at the wide end � and moreover, images are normally free of any chromatic aberration.

Similarly, although sharpness is a bit softer at the wide end, images show that it is even across the field of view captured by the lens.'

Learn more about the Canon Powershot SD500/IXUS 700 from the following Canon Press Release.

Canon Powershot SD500 News Release:

Canon Tops the Digital ELPH Line with the New 7.1 -Megapixel PowerShot SD500

Canon Builds Cutting-Edge Custom Color Controls, High-Resolution Imaging, High-Speed Transfers and Fast Frame Video Into two Sleek Stylish Pocket and Purse Sized Package

It's true...the two newest Digital ELPH(R) models in Canon's perennially popular PowerShot(R) compact camera series - the PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH and the PowerShot SD400 Digital ELPH cameras - not only capture brilliant high resolution images and transfer them in a flash, but also allow the user to customize their color on the spot, removing the need for time consuming computer retouching. Both new PowerShot Digital ELPH cameras will be showcased at PMA 2005, February 20 - 23 (Canon Booth #3503), in Orlando, Fla.

Form, Function and Fun
While the new line-leading 7.1 megapixel PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH camera with its sleek new curved metallic design and its 5.0 megapixel companion model PowerShot SD400 Digital ELPH camera continue Canon's tradition of providing top-tier imaging technology in a ultra- slim, ultra-compact, easy-to-use package, these two models heighten the photo fun factor as well.

The Digital ELPH series remains the epitome of high-quality camera design in the consumer camera market, often imitated but never equaled, said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc, a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ). We know that though their sleek and slim styling consistently captures consumers' attention and affection, their fashionable form most assuredly follows one primary function: excellence in imaging. Ultimately, it is the high-quality pictures captured, printed and shared with near effortless ease that is the cornerstone of Digital ELPH cameras' appeal.

New Design Lines for the Top of the Line
At first glance, it is clear that PowerShot SD500 model is no ordinary Digital ELPH camera. Departing from the linear style that has characterized ELPH model cameras from their very beginning, the body lines of this new entry have not simply been refined, they have been redefined and redesigned.

Dubbed the Perpetual Curve Design by Canon engineers, the body shaping method reduces unevenness and tends to fit the hand more comfortably, all while accommodating the size demands of the camera's internal components. A gradual bulge from the grip side towards the flash side achieves a physically thin and visually slim appearance from the front, while the SD500 Digital ELPH camera's newly trimmed down side panels add to the camera's ultra thin appearance. The camera's stainless steel case is silver gray in color with a high-brightness coating applied to heighten the effect created by the elegant, continuous curve of the body.

The PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH Camera
Enabling the PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH camera's 7.1-megapixel resolution is a larger 1/1.8 inch type CCD image sensor (compared with the 5-megapixel 1/2.5-inch type CCD sensor of the PowerShot SD400 model). The SD500 Digital ELPH also features a retractable 3x optical/4x digital zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of up to 37-111 mm, making it ideally suitable for a wide range of photographic applications from landscapes and snapshots to portraits and macro at a working distance of under four inches from the subject. The camera's shutter speeds range from 15 up to 1/2000th of second, combined with a faster and more responsive 9-point AiAF Smart autofocus system. Adding to the power of this aptly named PowerShot camera is a new and more powerful built-in flash with six modes (auto/auto with red-eye reduction,/flash on with red-eye reduction, flash on/ flash off and slow synchro).

Petite and Powerful
The PowerShot SD500 and PowerShot SD400 Digital ELPH cameras are also appointed with a full-range of movie features including a built-in microphone and speaker. Among the improvements is the ability to use the digital zoom while shooting movies in the high-resolution 640 x 480 30 fps VGA mode. Since the digital zoom does not involve any mechanical movement, zooming can be performed without creating any additional ambient noise that could be picked up by the cameras' built in microphone. The cameras also offer a Fast Frame Rate of 60 frames per second for a maximum of one-minute (at a resolution of up to 320 x 240 pixels), ideal for analyzing a golf swing or a tennis stroke using one of the supplied slow-motion playback settings. The compact movie mode - designed with e-mail attachments in mind - captures a maximum of three minutes of recording at 15 fps and a resolution of 160 x 120 pixels.

A new Night Display Function automatically brightens the subject in order to make framing a shot in dusk, night or other lowlight situations easier while the cameras' large 2-inch, 118,000 pixel LCD monitor features a backlight that combines lower power consumption with high brightness that improves the visibility of the LCD monitor even in bright surroundings. The monitor also incorporates a quick bright LCD function that temporarily boosts the brightness to its maximum level with nothing more than a one-second touch of the display button. Press the button a second time for one second and the monitor returns to its original brightness level.

DIGIC(R) II - Hi-Speed USB 2.0
True to the tradition of the Digital ELPH camera series, both the PowerShot SD500 and the PowerShot SD400 Digital ELPH cameras have many of the latest advances in Canon technology including the proprietary DIGIC II Imaging processor that enhances picture definition, vibrancy and quality, while helping increase the speed of the cameras' startup, autofocus, shutter response and playback as well as the image processing speed. The pace of image transfer is accelerated (when used with a USB 2.0 compatible computer, printer or other peripheral) thanks to the inclusion of a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port, the first time this feature has appeared in the PowerShot series. The USB 2.0 port is backwards compatible (at no increased speed) with computers featuring standard USB 1.1 connections.

Other New Features of Interest
Both new Digital ELPH cameras incorporate a host of improvements that contribute to their overall high quality level and functionality. For example, the Intelligent Orientation Sensor not only rotates vertical shots automatically, it now wakes up the cameras from sleep mode by detecting movement when the camera is picked up. A new Custom Timer function lets users shoot up to 10 consecutive frames automatically at the end of a preset delay, which can range from 1 to 30 seconds. The Review function has also been improved with the addition of several preset intervals plus a Hold function, and Playback mode now has the ability to locate captured images quickly according to shooting date or file type (JPEG or Movie).

In addition to the rich feature set both cameras have to offer they both also feature Canon's new My Color technology. Now even the most casual picture-taker can easily opt for verdant valleys of greener greens, juicy apples of redder red, skies and seas of bluer- blue and even add or reduce a little tan to the skin tone as they are shooting. Whether the desired effect is to make the color more real or surreal, these digital dynamos are capable of capturing and saving both the original still image and the enhanced color versions as separate files on the camera's SD Memory Card.

PictBridge Compliant
Both the PowerShot SD500 and SD400 Digital ELPH models support all current PictBridge functions. Established as the global industry standard for direct printing from any PictBridge compliant camera to any PictBridge compliant printer regardless of brand, these functions include single image prints, several selected images per print, as well as more advanced PictBridge setup features including print cropping, quantity selection, date imprinting, Layout print (fixed size), Layout print (N-up) and File Name imprinting.

Print and Share Function Plus Powerful New Software
The PowerShot SD500 and SD400 Digital ELPH models both feature Canon's popular Print and Share function, which enables one-touch direct printing or direct transfer via PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) to compatible personal computers using the supplied USB interface cable. New in this generation of cameras is the ability to download images directly to Mac OS X (10.1.5 and higher) as well as Windows(R) XP operating systems. The new cameras are also supplied with the latest versions of Canon's powerful yet easy-to-use software applications, including ZoomBrowser EX 5.1 (for Windows) and ImageBrowser 5.1 (for Mac OS X), as well as PhotoRecord (Windows) for high-quality layout printing, and PhotoStitch (Windows/Mac) for panoramas. ArcSoft PhotoStudio is also supplied for advanced photo editing functions.

Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH and PowerShot SD400 Digital ELPH will be supplied with a wrist strap and interface cables for USB and A/V, as well as a 32MB or 16MB SD card respectively, a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack and charger, software, and user manuals. The PowerShot SD400 Digital ELPH Camera will be available in April and the PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH will be available in March for estimated street prices of $399.99*, and $499.99* respectively.

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Posted by Darren in our Canon category on February 17, 2005