The Canon PowerShot 500 HS digital camera continues the Canon tradition of great point and shoots with 12.1 megapixels, a DIGIC 4 image processor, 3.2 touch screen and 1080p video recording. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey review the $300 digital camera!
What You Need To Know
The Canon PowerShot 500 HS may seem big at first: it measures about 1" thick and weighs about 6 ounces.
The size is due to the huge touch screen on the back of the camera.
You'll probably be tapping the touch screen twice on things a lot because it won't register every touch.
Swiping and scrolling is even tougher.
The touch interface is actually better than other Canon cameras we've used but it's still far from perfect.
Canon added features to the 500 HS like slow motion video and high speed shooting.
The slow motion video feature actually works pretty well, even in low light but you can only record a maximum of 30 seconds.
The pictures look really great.
Outdoor photos look just as good (if not better) than any other point and shoot camera we've tested.
Colors are accurate and details are amazingly sharp.
Low light photos are also great though there were occasions when it couldn't focus fast enough.
98% of the time, the pictures look incredibly sharp and the flash exposes evenly.
The full 1080p video recording looks fantastic.
This is easily the best video we've seen from a point and shoot.
The HD video is detailed, vibrant and surprisingly stable.