Canon IXUS 500 HS Digital Camera - Red

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The IXUS 500 HS brings a big 12x zoom to a compact, stunning metal body - getting you closer, in style. With HS System, Intelligent IS and Smart Auto, shooting great images is easy, even in low light. Amazing by design. Tiny, 12x zoom IXUS.

12x zoom in tiny and stunning metal body
With a tiny metal body in an amazing finish the IXUS 500 HS packs a powerful 12x optical zoom extending to 21x with ZoomPlus. The huge zoom offers a wide range of shooting options and lets you get right up close to distant objects whether shooting stills or movies.

HS System: 10.1 MP CMOS
The HS System excels in low light so you can capture the real atmosphere of the scene without flash or tripod. Advanced DIGIC 5 processing and a high sensitivity 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor give excellent image quality in all situations.

Intelligent IS
Intelligent IS automatically adjusts the optical Image Stabilizer to the scene from 7 modes - counteracting movement to prevent blur and delivering sharp and detailed photos and movies at full zoom and in low light.

7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
A large, high quality 460k dot LCD screen with excellent visibility allows easy framing and reviewing of images from any angle plus effortless menu navigation. A tempered glass outer layer gives excellent durability.

Full HD movies
Record superb Full HD (1080p) movies at 24fps with stereo sound and optical zoom. Intelligent IS keeps footage steady while filming, even at full zoom. An HDMI connection ensures high quality playback on an HDTV.

Smart Auto (58 scenes)
Effortlessly shoot great photos or movies with Smart Auto, which detects the scene and selects perfect settings from 58 variables. It also works with faces registered with Face ID and adapts shooting settings to the person's age - for example turning off flash and sounds when a sleeping baby is detected or engaging continuous auto-focus when children over 2 years old are detected.

Face ID
Face ID lets you register up to 12 faces of family and friends, so they are automatically the focusing priority in every shot, and tags images with their names so they are easy to find in playback.

High-speed shooting
Never miss a moment. Capture fast-paced action with High-speed Burst or slow down fast movement with Super Slow Motion Movie. Handheld Night Scene combines a sequence of high-speed shots into one file to capture nightscapes without a tripod.

Movie Digest (720p)
Movie Digest records up to 4-seconds of action before each still shot, joining the day's clips into a bonus HD (720p) movie.



Product Description
Canon IXUS 500 HS - digital camera
Product Type
Digital camera - 1080p - compact
Image Processor
Sensor Resolution
10.1 Megapixel
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080
Lens System
Zoom lens - 12x zoom - 4 - 48 mm - f/3.4-5.6
Focus Adjustment
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Camera Flash
Built-in flash
LCD display - 3"
Supported Battery
1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery (included)
Composite video/audio, HDMI, USB 2.0
Microsoft Certification
Compatible with Windows 7
Dimensions (WxDxH)
8.7 cm x 1.9 cm x 5.4 cm
155 g



Product Type
Digital camera - 1080p - compact
Enclosure Colour
Sensor Resolution
10.1 Megapixel
Optical Sensor Type
Effective Sensor Resolution
10,100,000 pixels
Optical Sensor Size
ISO (Max)
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Processor
Image Stabiliser
Face Detection
Print Standard
Direct print, DPOF support, Exif Print support, PictBridge support
Auto Focus
TTL contrast detection
AE/AF Control
Face-priority AF, Subject-tracking AF
Digital Video Format
H.264, MOV, iFrame
Image Recording Format
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080
Composite video/audio, HDMI, USB 2.0

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity
ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO auto
Exposure Metering
Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot
Exposure Modes
Programme, automatic
Shooting Programs
Portrait mode, slow shutter, stitch assist, low light, Underwater, snow, handheld night shot, smart shutter, movie digest
Special Effects
Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Vivid, Custom Effect, fisheye, soft focus, monochrome, Colour Accent, Colour Swap, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Green, vivid blue, Vivid Red, miniature, Toy camera, Posterisation, Super Vivid
White Balance
Custom, automatic, presets
White Balance Presets
Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, fluorescent light (cool white)
Max Shutter Speed
1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed
15 sec
Exposure Compensation
±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Zoom lens - 12x zoom - 4 - 48 mm - f/3.4-5.6
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera
28 - 336mm
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focus Range
Zoom Adjustment
Motorised drive
Lens Construction
12 groups / 14 elements
Built-in lens shield, aspherical lens, UA lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash
Built-in flash
Flash Modes
Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction
AF illuminator
Effective Flash Range
0.5 m - 2.5 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed
0.9 frames per second, 2.8 frames per second, 6.8 frames per second (2.5MP)
Self-Timer Delay
10 sec, 2sec
Additional Features
RGB primary colour filter, camera orientation detection, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, FE lock, Smile Detection Auto Shutter, Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB, Face Detection Self-timer, i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, Scene Detection Technology, in-camera red-eye fix, digital tele-converter, safety zoom, Smile Detection technology, Smart Flash Exposure, HS System, Smart AUTO


3" LCD display
461,000 pixels
Display Form Factor
Display Features
Display brightness control


Microphone Operation Mode


Connector Type
USB 2.0 , Composite video/audio output , HDMI output


Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Canon ImageBrowser EX


Compatible with Windows 7
"Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.
Included Accessories
Battery charger, USB cable, wrist strap
Body Material


Battery Type
Canon NB-9L
1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery (included)
Battery Life Details
Photo shooting - 170 shots , Playback - 4 hours

Memory / Storage

Supported Memory Cards
microSD Card, microSDHC Card, microSDXC Card
Image Storage
JPEG 3648 x 2736 , JPEG 3648 x 2048 , JPEG 3648 x 2432 , JPEG 2816 x 2112 , JPEG 2816 x 1880 , JPEG 2816 x 1584 , JPEG 1920 x 1080 , JPEG 1600 x 1200 , JPEG 1600 x 1064 , JPEG 640 x 480 , JPEG 640 x 360 , JPEG 640 x 424 , JPEG 2736 x 2736 , JPEG 2112 x 2112 , JPEG 1200 x 1200 , JPEG 480 x 480
Video Capture
MOV - 1920 x 1080 - 24 fps , MOV - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps , MOV - 640 x 480 - 30 fps , MOV - 640 x 480 - 120 fps , MOV - 320 x 240 - 240 fps

Dimensions & Weight

8.7 cm
1.9 cm
5.4 cm
155 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature
0 °C
Max Operating Temperature
40 °C
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