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Canon IXUS 500 HS

Amazing by design. Tiny, 12x zoom IXUS

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.

  • 12x zoom in tiny and stunning metal body
  • HS System: 10.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 5
  • Intelligent IS
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
  • Full HD movies
  • Smart Auto (58 scenes)
  • Face ID
  • High-speed shooting
  • Movie Digest (720p)
  • Optional 3m waterproof case

Great low-light shots

Great low-light shots

12x optical zoom with wide-angle

12x optical zoom with wide-angle

Zoom to 21x without losing quality

Zoom to 21x without losing quality

10.1 Megapixel CMOS

10.1 Megapixel CMOS

Powerful DIGIC processing

Powerful DIGIC processing

Steady shots in every situation

Steady shots in every situation

Enhanced strength and visibility

Enhanced strength and visibility

1080p movies

1080p movies

Auto mode with 58-scene detection

Auto mode with 58-scene detection

Recognises your favourite people

Recognises your favourite people

High-speed shooting

High-speed shooting

Automatic movie summary of your day

Automatic movie summary of your day

Clear, sharp shots at night

Clear, sharp shots at night

View stills and videos on TV

View stills and videos on TV

Sample Images



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.

Optional waterproof case

Protect your camera outdoors and shoot underwater down to depths of 3m with an optional waterproof case.

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Product Specification



Type 1/2.3 type back-illuminated CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 10.1M (Total Pixels approx. 16.8M)
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Type DIGIC 5 with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 4.0 - 48.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 - 336 mm)
Zoom Optical 12x
ZoomPlus 21x
Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined Approx. 48x
Maximum f/number f/3.4 - f/5.6
Construction 14 elements in 12 groups (1 double sided aspherical lens, 1 single sided aspherical UA lens and 1 single sided aspherical lens)
Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type). Intelligent IS


Type TTL
AF System/ Points Face Detection, 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
AF Modes Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking AF
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 1 cm (W) from front of lens in macro


Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE Lock On/Off Selectable
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200


Speed 1 - 1/4000 sec. (factory default)
15 - 1/4000 sec. (total range - varies by shooting mode)


Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom. Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto. White Balance Compensation in Underwater mode.


Monitor 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD (TFT), Approx. 461,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD


Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation Face Detection FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50 cm - 2.5 m (W) / 1.0 m - 1.5 m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1,
Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2


Modes Smart Auto (58 scenes detected), P, Movie Digest, Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), High-speed Burst (2.5MP), Handheld Night Scene, Low Light (2.5MP), Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist
Modes in Movie Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), P, Portrait, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Underwater, 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)
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.8 shots/sec., AF: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec., LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. High-speed Burst (2.5MP): Approx. 6.8 shots/sec., (until memory card becomes full)¹²


Image Size 4:3 - (L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480
16:9 - (L) 3648 x 2048, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (L) 3648 x 2423, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 - (L) 2736 x 2736, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
Resize in playback (M2, S, XS)*
*XS is half the length and width of S
Compression Superfine, Fine
Movies (Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 24 fps, (HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie (L) 640 x 480, 120fps, (M) 320 x 240, 240fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
iFrame Movie (HD)
Movie Length (Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 10 min. 00 sec.¹
(L) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²
(Movie Digest) Up to 4GB or 29 min. 59 sec.
(Super Slow Motion Movie) 30 sec.


Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]


Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes


Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
My Category Image tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback zoom Approx. 2x - 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi, Malaysian, Hindi, Indonesian, Vietnamese


Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)


Type microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC


PC & Macintosh Windows 7 SP1/ Vista SP2/ XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.6 – 10.7


Browsing & Printing ImageBrowser EX
Other PhotoStitch


Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-9L (battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 190 shots¹
Approx. 240 min. playback
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC adapter kit ACK-DC70


Cases / Straps Soft Leather Case DCC-65, IXUS Metal or Leather Strap
Waterproof / Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (3m) WP-DC340L
Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1,
Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter kit ACK-DC70, Battery Charger CB-2LBE
Other Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100


Operating Environment 0 - 40 °C, 10 - 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 87.1 x 53.9 x 19.2 mm
Weight Approx. 155 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
  • *Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
  • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.

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