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

Luxury tech gifts
2:56 November 28, 2014
The hottest tech for the fattest wallets.
Play video
The Renault Megane 275 Trophy is a Lord of the Ring
8:56 November 27, 2014
When someone dared to take the FWD lap record at the Nürburgring away from Renault, the Frenchmen fought back. The result is the Megane...
Play video
How the Samsung Galaxy Note got its pen in CNET UK podcast 412
20:16 November 27, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Note almost came with a toothpick, we're going back to "Jurassic World", and BT has its sights on O2 -- or maybe...
Play video
Apple looks to Virtual Reality
4:55 November 26, 2014
Apple is pursuing virtual reality harder than it ever has before. The iPhone 6 can play 4K video, and the best Black Friday deals for...
Play video
Olympus E-PL7's mainstream appeal
2:24 November 26, 2014
A good interchangeable-lens series for budding enthusiasts gets better.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot security guards and more
23:17 November 26, 2014
On today's show, we discuss a Japanese design firm's plans for a futuristic underwater city, the newest way to watch your favorite...
Play video
Sparing no expense, 'Jurassic World' features Gear smartwatch
2:56 November 26, 2014
Samsung products find a way into the latest "Jurassic Park" movie, Amazon launches Local Services, and Twitter tests coupon offers...
Play video
Tablet tips for traveling with kids
2:47 November 26, 2014
Learn how to use the tech you already have to entertain your kids during a long trip.
Play video