The Canon IXUS 500 HS is a beautifully styled, slim and compact digital camera that’s just perfect for almost any occasion. With a genuine Canon 12x Optical Zoom lens you can get close to the action; or capture wide-angle scenes - plus its Optical Image Stabiliser with Intelligent IS will help you take sharp shots. Its 10 megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS sensor delivers exceptional low-light performance. The IXUS 500 HS has a suite of intelligent portrait functions including Smart Shutter, Face ID and Smooth Skin that will ensure great people shots of your family & friends. And cool Creative Filters let you add a touch of flair to all of your images.
Movie Feature – captures Full HD video with audio up to 1920x1080 at 24fps, or 1280x720 at 30fps. Also features super slow-motion video at 120 or 240 fps (frames per second), miniature effect, and dynamic image stabilisation for smooth movies. Optical zoom functions during video recording. Recording length is up to capacity of memory card*.
* SDHC Memory Cards and SDXC Memory Cards can be used only in equipment that is compatible with their respective formats. We recommend class 4 or higher memory cards for recording high definition video.
10.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor – 10.1 megapixels with High Sensitivity CMOS for better noise reduction delivering outstanding quality images in low light. 28mm Wide-Angle 12x Optical Zoom Lens – Genuine Canon lens with huge 12x Optical Zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens allows you to get closer to your subject or shoot beautiful landscapes and great group shots. DIG!C 5 - Canon's newest processor gives you natural looking images with reduced noise and improved white balance, and high-speed performance. 3.0 inch LCD Screen - A clear 3.0” LCD is great for sharp previews and for composing your photos. Creative Filters - Shoot with creative filters for an added effect: Fish Eye, Miniature, Toy Camera, Smooth Skin, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster, Colour Accent and Colour Swap effects are available. Intelligent Auto (58 scenes) - Improved Auto mode in both photo and video mode makes it even easier to get the perfect shot without having to fiddle around with menus. Servo AF / Servo AE – Tracks your subject and locks the focus and exposure on the target. Face ID (Face Identification) - works with Intelligent Auto to ensure that those who matter most to you always look their best in photos. By registering a person along with their age in the camera’s memory, the face will then be recognised and Intelligent Auto will automatically apply the most appropriate settings to capture a great shot, based on their age and activity, as well as the ambient scene. Face ID Sorting - Makes it easier to sort collections of images including particular friends and family, each photo will also be tagged with the names of your registered faces, allowing you to search your images by name. Movie Digest Function in HD – When Movie Digest mode has been selected, the four seconds preceding each image will be captured in a 720p HD video clip. Then all the clips from one day are combined into a movie bonus reel to tell the story behind a day’s or evening’s photos. Smart Shutter – Includes a number of intelligent features such as Face Detection Self-timer, Smile Shutter and Wink Self Timer. Optical Image Stabilisation - counteracts blurred images due to shaky hands or when shooting in low-light conditions. Also important at full zoom where a small movement of the hand can cause a lot of movement at the other end. Intelligent Image Stabilisation - The camera will automatically choose the correct image stabilisation to use in different shooting situations ISO to 3200 - this will help you take better photos in low lighting – helps to reduce blur caused by camera shake or subject movement. Handheld Night Scene – Take beautiful night shots without a tripod – created by combining consecutive shots to reduce camera shake and image noise Intelligent Flash Exposure - Automatically detects whether flash is required and adjusts the flash output, shutter speed, aperture and ISO speed to best suit the photo being taken. Red Eye Correction - this camera lets you fix red eyes in the camera, which is great if you're printing straight from the memory card or to a pictbridge compatible printer. Blink Detection – warns you when someone blinks in the photo you have just taken High Speed Burst Mode – shoot still photos up to 6.8fps (frames per second). Great for capturing action shots. Mini HDMI output - High Definition movies can be viewed easily on a TV with optional mini HDMI -> HDMI cable (sold separately).
IXUS 500 HS Technical Specifications
Sensor / Image Processor
Effective Number of Pixels / Size
Approx. 10.1 MP High Sensitivity CMOS / 1/2.3-inch
Approx. 10 sec or 2 sec delay, Custom, Smile, Wink Self-Timer, Face Self-Timer
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Centre weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
Program AE, AE Lock, Intelligent Contrast Correction
± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity (Equivalent Film Speed)
Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
White Balance Modes
Auto , Daylight , Cloudy , Tungsten , Fluorescent , Fluorescent H , Custom
3.0 type wide TFT (approx 461,000 dots) 4:3 aspect ratio and brightness adjustment (5 levels). Quick bright LCD
Flash Modes / Functions
Auto, on, off, Slow Synchro
Normal: 50cm – 2.1m (W) 1.0m – 1.5m (T)
Selectable Shooting Modes
Intelligent Auto (with Scene Detection), P, Movie Digest, Portrait, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter, High- speed Burst, Best Image Selection, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Colour Accent, Colour Swap, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red
Image Recording Format
JPEG Compression (EXIF 2.3 Compliant)
Colour Space and JPEG Compression
sRGB; Superfine, Fine
MOV (Image Data: H.264; Audio Data: Linear PCM stereo)
Recording Pixels and recording capacity on a 8GB card
Still Images and Capacity (at Fine Image Setting)
[16:9] Large 3648 x 2048, Medium 1 2816 x 1584, Medium 2 1920 x 1080, Small 640 x 360 [3:2] Large 3648 x 2432, Medium 1 2816 x 1880, Medium 2 1600 x 1064, Small 640 x 424 [4:3] Large 3648 x 2736, Medium 1 2816 x 2112, Medium 2 1600 x 1200, Small 640 x 480 [1:1] Large 2736 x 2736, Medium 1 2112 x 2112, Medium 2 1200 x 1200, Small 480 x 480
Movie Frame Rate
[iFrame Movie] 1280 x 720 (30fps) [Super Slow Motion] 640 x 480, 320 x 240 [Miniature Effect] 1280 x 720, 640 x 480 [Others] Full HD 1920 x 1080 (24fps), HD 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Movie Digest, Red-eye Correction, Intelligent Contrast Correction, Trimming, Resize, Slideshow, Index, Magnified, Focus Check, Favourites, Hints and Tips display, Auto Rotate, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Transition, MyCategory, MyColours, Filter by Date, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback
Direct Printing, PictBridge
Supported Operating Systems
PC: Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3; Mac: OS X v10.6 - v10.7
When number of detected faces increases, the shutter is released at 2 sec delay. However if no face is detected for 30 seconds or more, the shooting operation will start automatically.
Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detect AF
Fixed to center
Motion Detection - Camera automatically sets the optimal speed according to shooting mode, subject brightness and subject movement and camera shake.
Compatible printer required for direct printing
* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice
Canon IXUS 500HS Digital Camera Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery (NB-9L) Battery Charger (CB-2LBE) USB Interface Cable (IFC-400PCU) AC Cable Wrist Strap (WS-DC11) Software Suite CD-ROM User Guides 12 Month Warranty with Canon Australia