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's 30x zoom PowerShot SX500 IS

About Video Transcript

First Look: Canon's 30x zoom PowerShot SX500 IS

1:34 /

Though good and reasonably priced, the PowerShot X500 IS is not without sacrifice.

Hi there. I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor with CNET. And for those of you who really value small cameras with long zoom lenses, you'd wanna consider the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS. It's certainly not pocketable but considering its 30x zoom lens, it's one of the smallest and lightest options available with that much range. It's also well-priced for a camera with that feature. It does come with some sacrifice though since Canon used a slow CCD sensor and older image processor instead of the high sensitivity CMOS sensors and newer processors found in its higher-end models. This means in shooting performance and low light photo quality isn't as good as those models and you missed out on some features like 1080p movie capture. You do get 720p video though as well as a lot of other shooting options for those who like to leave it in auto or those who like more control. There's no electronic view finder but the 3-inch LCD is good and the grip has this nice notch in front so you can hold on to it and to help you with your framing when you're using the zoom. There's this button on the side of the lens that shoots the lens back so you can find your subject and then zooms back in. All and all, not a bad package if you're doing your shooting outdoors and your subjects aren't moving too fast. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS.

New releases

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C: Anatomy of a mini supercar (CNET On Cars, Episode 60)
18:39 February 27, 2015
Alfa's undistilled little 4C isn't quite like anything else on the market, a look at the little-known bible that rules all cars in...
Play video
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250
4:07 February 27, 2015
Can Mercedes-Benz convince Americans its tri-star logo belongs on a compact SUV?
Play video
SousVant can sous vide très bien
2:22 February 27, 2015
A fancy cooker with a pleasingly simple appearance, the SousVant makes cooking to temp easy.
Play video
Apple Watch may open cars, says CEO Tim Cook
2:59 February 27, 2015
Tim Cook says he wants the Apple Watch to replace your key fob. Also, we dive into the core problem of #TheDress debate and bid farewell...
Play video
Anova cooks up a smarter sous vide starting point
1:52 February 27, 2015
Better (and cheaper) than the original, the second-gen Anova dials in on sous vide supremacy.
Play video
Best new games for March 2015
2:30 February 27, 2015
What are the hottest new video game releases for March 2015? Jeff Bakalar runs down the most aniticipated games on the Xbox, PlayStation...
Play video
Apple features we don't want in a car
2:45 February 27, 2015
The five worst features Apple will probably include in their rumored Apple Car.
Play video
Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless: A $100 over-ear Bluetooth headphone that sounds decent
1:15 February 27, 2015
Skullcandy's Hesh 2 may not be a great wireless headphone, but it's a reasonably good value at $100.
Play video