42nd Street Photo Reviews Canon IXUS 500 HS

The tiny angular Canon IXUS 500 HS is the new addition to the IXUS range, and was proudly presented at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January. It’s the world’s thinnest 12x zoom camera, extremely compact so it can easily follow you everywhere.

Despite being so compact, the IXUS 500 HS has a 10.1MP CMOS sensor and the latest DIGIC 5 image processor. The Program mode allows a certain degree of user control, but with the Smart Auto mode and a set of other fully-automated shooting programs it just works for you really nicely.

The Face ID technology enables prioritising the focus on the faces of your family and friends. The thing that’s so fun about this digital camera is that, apart from being such a colorful little toy (comes in red, silver or black), it lets you be creative without using Photoshop employing digital effects like Miniature or the Toy Camera.

The full HD 1080p movie capture is crisp and clear, with a 24fps including stereo sound. Plus high-speed movies can be played in slow motion on the three-inch, 460k-dot LCD PureColour II LCD screen.

The consumers will definitely be drawn by the 12x optical zoom, with a focal range of between 28-336mm in 35mm terms. Among others, the IXUS 500 HS benefits from Canon’s lens stabilisation technology for blur-free images at slower shutter speeds and longer focal lengths than might otherwise be achieved.

The estimated retail price in the US in approximately $299.99.

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