Canon Powershot ELPH 500 HS with Bright F2 Zoom Lens
Canon Inc. has introduced the Powershot Elph 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS in some countries), an update to the Powershot SD4000 IS announced last year.
The new Powershot Elph 500 HS receives a number of updates compared to its predecessor, including a higher resolution 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, a wider angle zoom starting at 24mm, a larger 3.2-inch Touch Screen LCD with 461K dots, and adds the ability to shoot 1080p HD movies with stereo sound.
Showcasing the evolution of the Canon ELPH brand, the new PowerShot ELPH models have now instituted a “HS” suffix to represent the inclusion of the HS SYSTEM in each model.
The Powershot Elph 500 HS also offers advanced Smart AUTO with 32 different shooting scenes. Smart AUTO is helpful since the camera will automatically select settings that match the scene without the need to switch modes, making it easier to take beautiful photos in a variety of situations.
The PowerShot ELPH 500 HS is scheduled to be available in Canada at the end of March for an estimated retail price of $349.99 (available in silver, brown and pink).
February 7th, 2011 – Canon today unveils the incredible new ELPH 500 HS – the latest touch screen ELPH that combines superior low-light capabilities, Full HD movie capture and manual photographic controls in a stunning stainless steel body. Designed for users who want superior performance and styling, the ELPH 500 HS provides excellent image quality and a host of advanced features, making it easy to capture crisp stills and stunning 1080p video.
Canon’s HS System and a bright, ultra-wide angle lens with optical Image Stabilizer allow users to capture any scene in fantastic quality. An enhanced version of Canon’s intuitive touch interface provides greater control over stills and video, and a new dedicated movie record icon enables fast switching between picture and movie capture. Combining a premium specification and stand-out ELPH styling, the ELPH 500 HS is the perfect compact camera for any situation – whether capturing stunning sunsets on holiday, the atmosphere of a city at night or fun portraits of friends on an evening out.
Ultimate low-light performance
The inclusion of the HS System enables the ELPH 500 HS to offer leading performance. The high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor combines with Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor to form the HS System and realise the highest possible image quality, capturing images with significantly less noise in all conditions. Dynamic range is improved and users are able to capture sharp, blur-free shots of scenes in low light that would usually demand flash support.
The ELPH 500 HS features a genuine Canon 24mm, ultra-wide angle, 4.4x optical zoom lens with a bright f/2.0 maximum aperture. As well as providing greater shooting flexibility, the lens design enables faster shutter speeds to be used, capturing the maximum amount of ambient light for well exposed, natural shots.
Users can also shoot with a shallower depth of field than most other compact cameras for more engaging portraits and creative macro shots. A 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer steadies the light passing through the lens elements, counteracting shake and image blur that can occur when shooting with slower shutter speeds or at the telephoto-end of the zoom.
Working together, the HS System, the f/2.0 lens and the advanced optical Image Stabilizer become the ultimate tool for sharper and clearer image results in all lighting conditions – especially in low light situations.
Fingertip control, intuitive
A large 3.2-inch 460K dot-resolution PureColor II Touch LCD offers excellent contrast and colour rendition, with a wide viewing angle that makes it easy to frame and play back images. Canon’s advanced, customisable touch screen interface allows the icons for various camera settings to be arranged according to the user’s preference.
Touch AF sets the focus area with a simple touch, while Touch Actions and Tap Control offer an easy and intuitive way to operate the camera with simple pre-set gestures used for various functions, such as flicking through the image library, or changing settings on-screen.
Full HD movies made
ELPH 500 HS owners can capture all the excitement of a special moment in superb quality, thanks to Full HD movie recording with stereo sound. The optical zoom can also be used when shooting, and Smart Auto in Movie offers additional support, optimising the camera settings in accordance with the shooting conditions and scene. Dynamic Image Stabilizer has also been included, allowing users to shoot smoother and steadier video – even if the footage is shot whilst walking or sitting in a moving car.
For a “behind the scenes” story of the day’s shots, a new Movie Digest function automatically captures up to four seconds of video before a still image is taken, and then assembles all the day’s clips into a bonus reel of spontaneous, fun video.
Users can now shoot video in iFrame format, which requires no transcoding before being imported - making it faster and simpler to transfer and edit footage. HDMI-CEC compatibility also allows the camera to be connected to an HDTV and controlled via the TV remote control, making it easier to enjoy captured moments on a big screen.
High speed shooting
The inclusion of a CMOS sensor enables a number of high-speed shooting functions which offer more creative flexibility. Best Image Selection shoots a high speed sequence of five shots, evaluating all the frames and selecting the best one to be saved to the memory card.
The ELPH 500 HS can shoot full resolution stills at up to 3.4 shots per second and 8.2 shots per second at a reduced, 3.0 MP resolution in High-speed Burst mode. Handheld Night Scene mode allows the capture of multiple shots of the same scene, before merging them together to create one image with the least possible blur and the best possible exposure.
The ELPH 500 HS also features Super Slow Motion Movie mode, allowing users to slow down fast-paced action, such as sports – capturing the scene in VGA resolution at 120 frames per second (fps), or in 320 x 240 resolution at 240fps. Play-back at 30fps enables users to analyse movement like a golf swing, or to add drama and atmosphere to fast-paced action.
Control and creative
More advanced users will appreciate the control over aperture or shutter speed offered by Av and Tv modes respectively, while for those who prefer point-and-shoot simplicity, the latest Smart Auto mode is now capable of detecting up to 32 scenes, capturing well-exposed images without manually changing the camera settings.
A new Advanced Subject Detection technology allows the camera to detect and track even non-human moving subjects, while Servo AF/AE ensures the subject remains in-focus and correctly exposed right up to the moment the picture is taken.
For those who want to experiment with their shots, six creative shooting modes offer the freedom and flexibility to create different effects. In addition to Fish-eye Effect, Super Vivid and Poster Effect, the new Toy Camera Effect gives images a retro, pinhole camera feel, while Monochrome creates atmospheric shots with sepia, black and white or other monochromatic tones.
Canon’s popular Miniature Effect can be applied to movies as well as still images, recording 1.5, 3 or 6 frames per second in Movie mode to create the impression of a time-lapse video of a small-scale model. Multi-Aspect shooting also allows the individual to frame their original photo in 3:2, 4:3, 1:1 and 16:9, to create the desired effect, right from the start.
For even greater flexibility,
Smart Shutter makes it easy for the user to be part of the image. Thanks
to Face Detection technology, the shutter can be triggered by a wink,
a smile or by a new face being detected in the scene.
|Effective Pixels||12.1 Megapixel|
|Image Sensor||1/2.3 type back-illuminated CMOS|
|Image Processor||DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology|
|Lens Focal Length||4.3 – 18.8 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 105 mm)|
Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom)
Combined Approx. 18x
|Maximum f/number||f/2.0 – f/5.8|
|Lens Construction||7 elements in 6 groups (2 double-sided aspherical lenses (including 1 UA lens), and 1 single sided aspherical lens)|
|Image Stabilization||Yes (lens shift-type), 4-stop. Dynamic IS (in Movie)|
|AF System||TTL Autofocus|
|Macro Focus Range||3cm from front of lens|
|AF Points||AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed frame) or Touch AF with Object and Face Select and Track|
|AF Modes||Single, Continuous (Auto mode only), Servo AF/AE, Touch AF|
|AF Assist Beam||Yes|
TFT LCD Approx. 461,000 dot resolution with wide viewing
angle and Touch Panel Technology.
Brightness adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200|
|Metering||Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or Touch AF frame)|
stops in 1/3-stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
|White Balance Control||Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom|
|Built-in Flash||Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro|
|Flash Range||50 cm – 5.0 m (W) / 50 cm – 2.0 m (T)|
|Flash Exposure Compensation||Face Detection FE, Smart Flash Exposure|
|Shooting Modes||Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), P, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Movie Digest, Portrait, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter, High-speed Burst (3.0MP), Best Image Selection (3.0MP), Handheld Night Scene, Low Light (3.0MP), Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Creative Light Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks|
|Smart Shutter||Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer|
|Movie Modes||Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), P, Portrait, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie|
|Photo Effects||My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)|
10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom
Shooting start time (0-10 sec. (in one-second increments), 15/20/30 sec.) number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
4000 x 2248 (Large), 2816 x 1584 (Medium 1), 1920 x 1080 (Medium 2), 640 x 360 (Small)
4000 x 2664 (Large), 2816 x 1880 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1064 (Medium 2), 640 x 424 (Small)
4000 x 3000 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small)
2992 x 2992 (Large), 2112 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1200 x 1200 (Medium 2), 480 x 480 (Small)
|Movie File Format||MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)|
HD: 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps
HD: 1280 x 720 at 30 fps
640 x 480 at 30 fps
320 x 240 at 30 fps
iFrame Movie HD: 1280 x 720 at 30 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie: 640 x 480 at 120 fps or 320 x 240 at 240 fps
Miniature Effect Movie HD: 1280 x 720
|Movie Length||(Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 10 min|
High-speed Burst (3.0MP): Approx. 8.2shots/sec. (until memory card becomes full)
|Storage Media||SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, Eye-Fi Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card|
Mini-HDMI connector (cable optional)
|Menu Languages||English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi|
|Battery||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L (battery and charger supplied)|
Approx. 240 mins Playback
W x H x D
|100.6 x 55.4 x 25.0 mm|
|In the box||•
PowerShot ELPH 500 HS Body
• Battery Pack NB-6L
• Battery Charger CB-2LY
• Wrist Strap WS-DC11
• AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
• USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
• Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
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