Canon ELPH 500 HS Review

Overall 45
Imaging 9
Features 41
Size 89
Price 1

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3.2″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 101 x 56 x 25 mm
  • Weight: 185 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Also known as Canon IXUS 310 HS / IXY 31S

Canon ELPH 500 HS Summary

This review is devoted to ELPH 500 HS that Canon has first introduced to the public in Feb 07, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #139 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #373 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon ELPH 500 HS Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon ELPH 500 HS review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F2.0-5.8
  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon ELPH 500 HS With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon ELPH 500 HS. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon ELPH 500 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS has the following external dimensions 101 x 101 x 25 mm (39.76 x 22.05 x 9.84″) with the weight of 185 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon ELPH 500 HS, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon ELPH 500 HS is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 25mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon ELPH 500 HS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon ELPH 500 HS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon ELPH 500 HS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon ELPH 500 HS — 180 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Canon ELPH 500 HS — 25 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Canon ELPH 500 HS — 185 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Canon ELPH 500 HS comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon ELPH 500 HS comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon ELPH 500 HS Photo and Sensor Features

Canon ELPH 500 HS boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon ELPH 500 HS has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Canon ELPH 500 HS. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Canon ELPH 500 HS features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon ELPH 500 HS is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Canon ELPH 500 HS with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon ELPH 500 HS

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon ELPH 500 HS is equipped with a Fixed Type 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 461k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon ELPH 500 HS are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/1600 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, ELPH 500 HS unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, ELPH 500 HS has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon ELPH 500 HS, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon ELPH 500 HS allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Canon ELPH 500 HS provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Canon ELPH 500 HS is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect ELPH 500 HS to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon ELPH 500 HS provides a shooting life of 180, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon ELPH 500 HS is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Canon ELPH 500 HS for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon ELPH 500 HS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon ELPH 500 HS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the ELPH 500 HS to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon ELPH 500 HS for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon ELPH 500 HS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon ELPH 500 HS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Canon ELPH 500 HS for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon ELPH 500 HS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 22. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon ELPH 500 HS can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (101 x 56 x 25 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon ELPH 500 HS for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon ELPH 500 HS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 28. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon ELPH 500 HS can be called a 28 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1600s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (180 shots)
  • Small size (101 x 56 x 25 mm)

Canon ELPH 500 HS for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon ELPH 500 HS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 23. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon ELPH 500 HS can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (185 g)
  • Small size (101 x 56 x 25 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Canon ELPH 500 HS for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon ELPH 500 HS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 28. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon ELPH 500 HS can be called a 28 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Canon ELPH 500 HS Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model ELPH 500 HS
Announced Feb 07, 2011
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 3
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 461k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1600 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 185 g
Physical Dimensions 101 x 56 x 25 mm
Battery Life 180 shots
Battery Type 180 shots
Battery Model NB-6L
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
Storage Slots 1

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