6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS

About Video Transcript

First Look: Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS

1:53 /

The touch-screen controls keeps the Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS from being a lower-cost PowerShot S95 alternative for enthusiasts, but its otherwise a very good

Hey, I'm Josh Goldman, senior editor with CNET, and this is the Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS. So, what's important about this camera is its lens. It has a rather large f2.0 maximum aperture, which is unusual for an ultra-compact not targeted at enthusiasts. If you're familiar with Canon's compact lineup, the PowerShot S95, which is aimed at enthusiasts, has a very similar lens. That big aperture does a couple of things. On this camera, it mainly helps with low light and indoor photos by using more of the available light instead of slowing down the shutter speed and using higher ISOs that will introduce more noise. To a lesser extent, it will create a shallow depth of field but that really only applies to macro shots with the 500 HS. You will get some background blurring with portraits but not enough to get rid of distracting backgrounds. What's nice is that along with all of its automatic modes, you do get shutter speed and aperture priority modes, so you can do more experimenting with this camera more than any other ELPH model. Unfortunately, you have to do it all through Canon's touch interface, which can be very frustrating to use if you're trying to make quick setting changes. On the other hand, Canon does allow you to customize the interface. Photo and video quality are excellent, too, but its shooting performance is pretty average and likely won't be fast enough to capture the exact shot you're after if you're shooting active kids and pets. Bottom line is if you're looking for a cheaper version of the S95, you probably won't be very happy, but overall, it is a very good camera. I'm Josh Goldman and that's a look at the Canon ELPH 500 HS.

New releases

Tech to expect in 2015
2:31 December 26, 2014
The five most-anticipated gadgets we expect to see in 2015.
Play video
Best websites for finding child care
1:01 December 26, 2014
Between holiday parties and New Year's Eve plans, it can be tough to secure a babysitter. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports...
Play video
What's new on Netflix in January 2015
2:08 December 25, 2014
Find out what you should add to your watch list and what other videos are disappearing in the new year.
Play video
Brian Tong's Viewer Feedback 2014
2:17 December 25, 2014
We read the e-mails, tweets, and YouTube comments from you that have helped us create the best tech videos on Earth.
Play video
XCAR Awards 2014: Best-Looking
1:31 December 24, 2014
The XCAR team has played with some amazing cars in 2014, but which will be crowned the best-looking?
Play video
LG's bare bones oven needs a little more meat
2:02 December 24, 2014
The LG LRE3021 gives reliable mid-range performance, but lacks the features you can find from other brands for the same price.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 106: Our 'Best of 2014' Extravaganza
27:44 December 24, 2014
On today's show, we celebrate another year gone by naming our (and your) favorite tech stories, pop culture news and video games of...
Play video
The big trends to watch at CES 2015
2:55 December 24, 2014
With CES around the corner, Bridget Carey tells you what to look out for at the tech expo. Expect buzz around the smart home, virtual...
Play video