Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Review

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#101 Joe Prete

Just got an email from a friend, FZ60 is the U.S. Model, so I guess you are outside the U.S. and DMC-FZ62 would be your version, and it is in stores at this time. The announcement was the 18th of July so I guess you can look for the best deal right now, so get busy!!
... Joe Prete

2:41 am - Wednesday, August 7, 2013

#102 Faith

Hey Joe,

Thank you I was hoping you’d reply after seeing previous posts from yourself!! Your a STAR! ;O)

Yes I’m in Wales, UK and we have the FZ62 which has been out for a while retailing at £249.00 not sure how that compares to dollars?  Funilly enough I was debating on whether to purchase the camera in the States as I’m in California in September for a road trip holiday with the girls which is the purpose of buying the camera in the first place.  I want to be able to take really good shots, scenery, beaches, wildlife and the girls ofcourse!

I actually have a TZ1 from around 2005 which I love which is why I was leaning towards the Panasonic as I’ve used them before and never had any problems but was told by someone else that Cannon was better.  However, I think this has made my mind up! Thanks!!

The only thing I have to decide now is whether or not to buy from the shop at £249 or take a chance on one I’ve been offered on eBay which is new unused with a 4 month warranty for £165.  I keep getting told not to trust eBay for electronics but I’ve never bought that kind of thing off there and I’m saving quite a bit of money.  Any thoughts?

Thanks for all your help.


8:02 am - Wednesday, August 7, 2013

#103 Joe Prete

I have never trusted anyone except for a small circle of (Brand) Authorized Dealers, NO I would not buy it with a 4 month warranty, even if it were half price. One lost image could cost me more than the price of the camera! You should get it Brand New with the full Warranty as supplied by the manufacturer. In the U.S., usually it is one year, but other countries may require that the term be Three years. Amex always adds to your coverage!

Please do not shortchange yourself, You are entitled to a Brand New product, not someone else’s headache. The advantages of buying it at home are: 1)Your warranty and registration will be in effect where you live, and 2)You will have time to learn with the guide and have enough practice so you can start shooting high quality images from the very start of your trip.

That includes your goodbye’s and parting shots. Use this trip to create a Picture Story, it will be your first assignment and it will be something you’ll save for a long time. (I don’t know your age) but I’m sure it will be of great value to your family as well.
I said Picture Story, but you will have Full 1080p HD Video also.

Panasonic has been laying the groundwork for these cameras for some time now, and I expect these models to be real winners. It can be considered a Performance Camera, if it were a car, this one would be a Camaro. I hope you understand my analogy.

I don’t know if Panasonic will join Fujifilm, including the Printed Users Guide, but if they don’t it should give you time to get one.
Sometimes, it just takes the right kind of phone call, other times it means a trip to the Print Shop to make it into a book. It will be difficult to read a PDF while you are traveling.

Make sure that you get more than enough memory, and that it’s
rated high enough, SDHC Class 10 and if you’re planning video, they need to be large enough too. I’ve been using a high grade LEXAR Professional 400X 16GB SDHC UHS-1.  In the U.S. they cost about $15.00 each. Separating them into 16GB’s size gives you better odds, Think- “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” Well, we use cartons now, but I think you get the idea. These Lexar cards write at 20MB/s and transfer at 60MB/s Fast enough and still cost effective. If you use other brands, check the speed.

It’s probably good to carry a few USB drives for storage, but make sure your technique is right, if not you can transfer your images at the end of each day, so you’ll always have freshly Formatted cards to use. (Always format in the device that the card will be used in) If you were okay with the TZ1, think of this as Graduation Day. Any other questions? Don’t hesitate, just ask.

Oh, your question about one brand being better than another, you really have to look at individual models, rather than brands.
Good Luck Faith,
... Joe Prete

10:36 am - Wednesday, August 7, 2013

#104 Faith

Hi Joe!

Thank you sooo much for all your help! I have declined the eBay item and will be going into town on the weekend to purchase a brand new FZ62 and can’t wait to get started!

With regards to your Camero comment I know exactly what you meant! :o)

With regards to the photo story that’s what I did with my TZ1 when I did a Trek America around California and this time I’ll be doing the same except I’ll be with friends rather than strangers and adding a few more stops from San Francisco around the coast and then up to Vegas to finish.  So I’m hoping to get some cracking shots that I can keep and utilise in the house.  With regards to age I’m 39 so it’s about time I invested in a decent camera! ;o)

Thank you sooo much for all your help you have been an absolute STAR!!!

Kind regards


10:57 pm - Wednesday, August 7, 2013

#105 B Vinod

helloo.. i ‘ve got canon power shot SX500IS. for images.. its good.. and im satisfied with the quality. but incase of videos.. its a bit noicyy… can we avoid it by changing any settings.. is it possible?// and i like the mannual setting it got. but i missed the view fider. im not a proffessional photographer.. waiting for your replies… thank youuu…..

4:20 am - Sunday, August 11, 2013

#106 Joe Prete

To B Vinod,
While the SX500 IS is way better than the Nikon L810/820, still it is
the most basic of cameras. You can thank the “Point & Shoot” crowd
for the loss of the viewfinder,  I wouldn’t take an LCD only camera even at half price, but if you had written in for help, there are a few cameras that still have the Viewfinder and an LCD screen. On this SX500 IS,  what you see, is what you get. There’s nothing you can do about this one, but next time, ask first. Hopefully there will be something better in your price range.
... Joe Prete

4:11 pm - Sunday, August 11, 2013

#107 B Vinod

Joe Prete
    thank you Joe, very much glad to you, for your reply.. what u said is absolutely right…

5:46 am - Monday, August 12, 2013

#108 Hayley

I am looking at taking up photography as a hobby, however i have no idea what to look for when buying a camera. I was wondering if the Canon Powershot SX500IS would be a good starting point or not? If not could anyone recommend anything?

4:15 am - Thursday, August 15, 2013

#109 Joe Prete

There is very little to learn about Photography with this camera, it functions at it’s best in full Auto mode. If it takes 10 minutes to learn about this camera, that would be a lot. It’s main purpose is to take picture without knowing anything about Photography.

That’s why we call it a “Point & Shoot”. I think the price sounded good to many, and they are reporting that it works well, but as a camera to learn about Photography, it’s not the one. I do think that a good camera to learn on would cost a little more. It’s not like film though, so buying the camera is the only real expense.

If you need some help, let me know if you can spend a little more and I’ll see what I can find for you. You can write back here, or look through the comments to find my email address
and I will reply to you. Write from your email, not from the links on the site. Good Luck,
......  ..... Joe Prete

7:54 am - Thursday, August 15, 2013

#110 Susan

How can I save an edited/enlarged/cropped image on/with the SD card still in the camera?

3:47 pm - Thursday, August 15, 2013

#111 Chiranjib

nikon L820 / canon SX500 which better ??????

2:25 am - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

#112 CP

canon SX500 / Nikon L820 which is much better ?

2:30 am - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

#113 Joe Prete

Chiranjib, and/or CP
I’S A LITTLE MORE Complicated than one or the other, I wrote a detailed reply, but it never posted. You do know the new Canon is coming out, it has many more features, but I don’t know what you’re shooting, or if you’re just learning. You can email me so you can make the right choice, it would need more information from you, but at least you won’t make a mistake and waste your money. reach me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  I’ll reply the sameday
... Joe Prete

6:51 am - Friday, August 30, 2013

#114 Sab

I want to get this camera for taking videos. When I read the comments I wasn’t sure to get it or not. I want to make really good quality videos. Would you recommend it?

5:39 pm - Friday, August 30, 2013

#115 Joe Prete

Very few posts get through here, that’s why I post an email. The new model, SX510 HS has a CMOS sensor, better than this one with a CCD. It also has newer Firmware & Software, it transmits WI-FI and it operates closer to the higher end SX50 HS. That stands for High Sensitivity, due to the new CMOS Sensor. There’s more, but I keep these replies short, most never even show up! My email is above. Good Luck,
... Joe Prete

9:52 pm - Friday, August 30, 2013

#116 Maria

Hi Joe,
I’m looking for a compact camera with some control manual (ISO / shutter speed) and with a great zoom. I don’t know a lot of photography but I’d like to learn sometime, that’s why I’m looking for a camera that let me choice some things.
I’ll use it for travel (big landscape, low light, some details) and for everyday moments (birthday’s party). Also, I don’t used to print my photos on a big size.
In Spain, where I live, Canon PowerShot SX500 IS cost 315USD and I really can’t spend much more (can’t afford SX50). 
Other options I’ve found that I can afford: Panasonic DMC-FZ62 (329 USD) and Pentax X5 (260USD). Reading your comment #100, I understand that FZ62 is better than SX500 IS, isn’t it?
Would you recommend another compact camera with some control manual? Thanks!!!

5:39 pm - Wednesday, September 4, 2013

#117 Auriel

HELP. I love photography so much, and I really want a camera that will take great professional looking photos. Is there any cameras that are less than 400 dollars better than this camera OR is this a good camera for a teen who has love photography? Is it worth it?

7:31 am - Thursday, September 5, 2013

#118 Joe Prete

I’ve said this many times in these comments. How you are getting such long messages through I don’t know, but when I put in the questions needed, it’s too long and doesn’t get through. If you email me, I will help you, but I won’t type another response here for nothing. It will be rejected. Write to me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and I will reply.
... Joe Prete

8:58 am - Thursday, September 5, 2013

#119 Mandar

HI Joe, i have purchased the canon sx 500 i want your help to know how to capture depth images
in other words i want to know dat how background to make blur in back ground in image

5:11 am - Monday, October 28, 2013

#120 vicki

Hi Joe, have recently purchased this camera telling the shop assistant i wanted to use it mostly for taking pics of show jumping. I have limited knowledge of photography, after playing around I have got some beautiful photos but feel a lot are lacking in colour and have been editing 90% with cannon program that came with the camera (which I find a pain) and as yet haven’t used it for action shots ie show jumping. I am wondering if it is really going to disappoint? Also would have liked a panorama choice. If all else fails I am thinking about getting a camera for our teenage son ( maybe give him this one and get some thing more suitable for myself)? Thanks

8:50 am - Sunday, November 24, 2013

#121 J.P.

You should know that the newest version of this camera is the Canon SX510 HS, you can see that they both have the same list price on the Canon USA website, this is not the type of camera that those who want to be creative will buy. There are many videos and quite a bit of information there at the site, and Canon has a toll free line to speak to a Canon camera representative, at 1-800-OK-CANON   All camera brands have support lines!
If this camera can still be returned, we can try to help find the right camera for you. My email is just above at #118 Remember that the Salesman probably doesn’t have any photographic knowledge, but they are quite familiar with their overstock, and how to relieve it. While no camera can read your mind (yet) we can try to set you on the right track, but it may not be the lowest price option. That’s what usually causes this issue. ... J. P.

12:33 pm - Sunday, November 24, 2013

#122 mr. C

hi everybody! does anyone knows what kind of shutter does this camera (Canon sx500is)has? I mean is it mechanical or electronic shutter? I am very intrested on that fact. Thanks!

1:03 am - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

#123 Maricela

First of all, I a not a professional photographer, so here goes my non-professional review.

I had been looking to replace my old camera for a new semi-professional one that would aid me to get references for my work.

I feel like a child on Christmas playing with this camera, I still haven’t practised enough,  and still need to learn how to use it at its 100% capacity like my old one, but it’s fulfilling its purpose in a fabulous way. (Horses under light rain)
In a wonderful way.

I’ve been having some troubles taking good movement pictures when there is not enough light, but I don’t mind them being slightly noisy, it still gives me the colours and details I need. It has a nice auto-stabilizer, but if you are looking for much clearer images I suggest getting a tripod.

I needed a camera with macro, this one has a really fantastic one.
I needed a camera with decent zoom (this one has an amazing one).  I have been able to take really detailed pictures of the moon, which makes me super happy as it is not a professional camera.

Its white balance allows me to take pictures with colours really close to what it is.

I guess there is a camera for everybody’s needs.  I have met people with better cameras than mine who couldn’t get a single shot right because they didn’t know how to use it at all.

I love this camera and I don’t really need more quality than it is already giving me. :)

Needless to say, zooming in while taking videos is the best~

I just wish I could connect this camera would allow me to make livestreams. I do recommend this camera~

3:54 pm - Saturday, December 7, 2013

#124 mike

Hi Joe Prete,
I am a student from India and I quite often need to take the photographs of plants, animals, insects, birds and general landscapes in and outside the forest. I am in search of a camera that can capture a bird in flight, a wild animal at run, every detail of a plant, a small insect on a leaf with a clarity enough to identify it. Please help me out to choose a best camera for me. Would this Canon SX500IS suffice my needs? Remember I am new to modern digital photographic world and my budget is below 300USD. Thank You.

2:31 pm - Monday, December 23, 2013

#125 J.P.

I’ll answer your question in sections: “A Camera that will Capture Birds in Flight & Wild Animal at run” The answer is simple of course, NO!

You would be wasting your money on the SX500 IS.
Here’s a few suggestions:Canon SX50 HS, Fujifilm SL1000, Fujifilm HS50EXR, Fujifilm S8500, Fujifilm S8400, Sony HX300, Nikon P520

This part “Budget below $300.00 USD” again the answer is, NO!

The other part, “Every detail of a plant, insect on a leaf showing Clarity” The answer here is, any of the cameras that I listed, but you will also need a Tripod.

Your budget, considering Camera, Storage media, accessories & Tripod, is about 50% short of your goal.

But, You left out the MOST important part, “THE EXPERIENCE”
You need some education in the field, it’s not as simple as just being able to purchase the tools required, that is the easy part!

Maybe you should ask people that are shooting these types of pictures “How many years of experience they’ve acquired, before taking these images” Don’t be surprised to find the average time for a beginner is 3+ Years. You should really get yourself a few books.  That is, if you plan on learning,    ... Joe Prete

4:31 pm - Monday, December 23, 2013

#126 mike

Joe Prete,
Thank you very much J.P.
Your quick reply was very kind of you. I will definitely rethink before I actually buy a camera. I can invest more money (upto $400) if I get the desired camera. But I am worried about two things: one about my inexperience, that is why I sought for your suggestions, second is if I am going for a high range camera I would have to invest more money on other things like tripod, lens cleaner, uv filter or adapter, extra battery, a good camera bag which can hold these things etc. what do you say? What is the best option for me?

6:39 am - Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#127 J.P.

Don’t be scared away now, actually $400.00 opens up many new options for you, and there are cameras in the Super Zoom group that are 720mm Just as an example, the Fujifilm HS30EXR is a great camera to learn on, discontinued in the U.S. the last price posted was $309.00 at and just last week I was helping a guy who found this camera in the $330.00 range which leaves some room for a SDHC Card & Case. A tripod can be in your long range plans. My lens cleaner is a “Huff” on the glass when it needs it, and I don’t keep a UV filter on for protection. It sounds like you’ve spoken to a salesman!

Try to educate yourself with the internet, and have reasonable expectations, and you’ll see that you can learn as you go along, many times by trial & error, and there’s almost always people on the Blog sites that can answer your questions. We’re in the “Camera Review Comments Section” but if you look at the small print at the bottom of any page, you’ll find the “Forum” where there is ongoing discussions with people just like you that are trying to learn, and if you’re sure that you want to get into this as a hobby, let me know and I’ll send you some links to read, and some video to watch. Try your best to start with close to the $400.00 range, that way you will have money for what you need.
(not what the salesman wants to sell you, but what YOU need).

Aside from reading this Blog, and the comments, you should also go to the Camera Makers web sites, as that will help you to learn too. or
and There is plenty to learn from, you just have to search for it. Look foe “Learn & Explore” and similar tabs. You can look at cameras, and also pictures that were taken with those cameras. (B&H has that too, with each camera listed)

If you need any help, just leave a message back here, and I will see it. Btw, the links on this site will also bring you right to the Manufacturers too, just remember to find each “HOME” Page when you get there. Youtube also has many clips to learn from, as does  So search around, and bookmark sites you like, you’ll know when you’re ready to buy a camera.
Good Luck Mike ... ...  Joe Prete

7:57 am - Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#128 J.P.

If some of the sites aren’t showing as links, just type them in to your browser, like 
Another good site is See “Learn Photography”
right in the header of the home page.

... Joe Prete

8:18 am - Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#129 mike

To Joe Prete,
I am highly thankful for your valuable suggestions and concern. I noted all these points. I have started to search and read about the technical details of different cameras. When I reach any conclusion I will inform you. Thank you once again.

10:18 am - Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#130 J.P.

You are a well educated person, and I’m sure that you will do quite well as you learn about Photography too. I don’t mind answering your questions at all. In the event that you can’t get through the servers here, (a common issue) you can email me at
I was a little too blunt when I answered your first question, that’s why I followed up on it, to try to explain it better. Now I’m glad that I did, because I think it will be an excellent hobby for you, and you will gain quite a bit of satisfaction from it. I will help you to choose the best camera for your needs, to help you get off to a good start. ... Joe Prete

11:16 am - Thursday, December 26, 2013

#131 mike

Hello J.P
Alright! I have made you aware about my needs in my first comment. So suggest a camera from Canon or Nikon for a budget of around $400. I got stuck at Canon SX50 HS. Actually I am confused between Canon SX50 HS and Nikon P520. My camera should be comparatively light-weight, easy to carry and easy to operate with all the above qualities. what is your take?

6:47 am - Friday, December 27, 2013

#132 J.P.

Assuming that the price is similar, the Canon SX50 HS is a much more advanced system, with a longer focal length. It also has a learning program within, it can give you information, or just remind you what mode you are in, and the effects of the mode, as you are shooting. It also has an amazing feature called “ZOOM FRAMING ASSIST” Mode with “SEEK & LOCK” that keeps following a moving subject, within the brackets on your screen (whether using the LCD or the Viewfinder). It is coupled with a “Continuos Focus assist” that keeps the subject in sharp focus.

If you go to  you can search for Subject type, and/or Camera Type used. That way you can see the kind of subjects you expect to shoot, and an example of what each camera can do. You will have the variable of user experience, but try to view several, so you can judge an average Shooter. I’m not saying that one brand is better than another, but in this group of Bridge Super Zoom cameras, this one is very hard to beat. Just as in the 25-600mm range, the Panasonic FZ200 has been the best for about 2 years running. That model has also held it’s higher price without any interruption in sales.

I think looking at the shooters on a site like flickr would be the most unbiased way for you to judge, because you already have your subject types in mind, including the close-up macro image
type that you first mentioned. Select Macro/Canon SX50 HS at Flickr, or whatever site you use. I think looking at the actual images will show you everything you need to make an informed choice. This will be your camera, so choose well. ... Joe

10:08 am - Friday, December 27, 2013

#133 Ken Moffat

Thank you for this comment. I just ordered the Canon SX50 yesterday, choosing to upgrade from my SX500 for the extra zoom and the, as it turns out, essential EVF! Reading your comment has set my mind more at ease, since I waffled between the Canon, Panasonic, Sony and Fuji, all long zooms. Amazing lenses for the price, hard to choose between, but I’m somewhat familiar with the Canon menus. Feel more comfortable reading your post here.

My take,EVF highly recommended over the screen only cameras. For the $$, the SX500/510 are good family picture cameras, easy and take good photos, but lack of EVF is really important outdoors.

I hear the SX50 has rather poor EVF. Hopefully usable!

1:58 pm - Friday, December 27, 2013

#134 mike

First of all I am sorry for late reply. This is because I was out of station for three days. Anyways I must thank you for your concern and suggestions. You are doing a very good job on this blog. It is extremely helpful for the people in need like me. I will take these suggestions into consideration before buying my camera. Thank you once more.

3:00 pm - Monday, December 30, 2013

#135 mike

Happy New Year J.P. and all the readers…!!!
I discussed about Canon SX50 HS with a friend of mine. He has some experience in this field. According to him instead of buying a point and shoot at this budget it would be better to by an entry level SLR. As per him point and shoots have focussing problem. Please tell me if I can buy any SLR at this price and if going for an SLR would be a good choice for me. I personally think it would not be a good choice. Please reply with your experience and choice. thank you.

2:03 pm - Wednesday, January 1, 2014

#136 camila

Hola! necesito ayuda con la elección de una cámara, estoy entre estos dos modelos: Canon powershot S500 IS o la Samsun WB2100.

4:33 pm - Friday, January 3, 2014

#137 Cass

I know it’s a bit of an older model… But I’m interested in photographing people. My sister’s modeling portfolio, family photos, homecomings. What is your recommendation on this camera for such things? Good, not so good, great? I found one used on Amazon and am very interested in it for price. Is it a good “first camera”?

4:21 pm - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

#138 Joe Prete

I wouldn’t buy such an inexpensive camera used, if you can’t find a new one, a “Refurbished by the Manufacturer” unit will be just as good as new, sometimes even better! If you’re in the US, you can go to the Canon store at They give a full year warrantee, and other than a generic box, you won’t know the difference. Nikon sells Refurbished cameras too, but they give a 90 day warrantee, but the cameras are thoroughly checked, (more than a new one) Do it on line at Nikon, their support reps are not like Canon’s. If you can’t find the model you want, check at an Authorized Dealer, like B&H Photo, but buying it used, is buying someone else’s problems, so be careful with that. As far as Quality goes, you get what you pay for, and there is always better, so buy what you can afford.
… Joe Prete

6:43 pm - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

#139 Lynne

Joe, I just read all of your posts here & hoping this is the right place to reach you.  I am starting to sell my bead & antique jewelry collection & need to buy an affordable (under $300) camera to shoot these items.  Can you make a suggestion for one that is within my budget & that is easy to use (as it’s been YEARS since I have used anything other than my digital camera or cellphone camera)?  Thank you so much for your help! Lynne

6:31 pm - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

#140 Joe Prete

This type of camera is fine for what you want to use it for, but this model has been discontinued. Stores may still have them in stock, but the battery will be aged, and it won’t last much longer. They lose their ability to cycle properly with regular use, or by sitting on a shelf unused. Aside from that, several components in the camera were updated with the current model, the SX510 HS Currently the $50.00 promotion in the US drops the price to $199.00 I suggest that you get the current model, it’s a much better camera. You can make a light tent to shoot your jewelry, but you can buy a light tent, with lamps, camera support and 4 different backgrounds in a neat kit packaged by Polaroid, it’s called Photo Studio Kit, and it sells for $45.00 (Polaroid is just a brand name now). The only other item you will need is an SDHC card, The Sony SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 16GB Memory Card is $12.95 That will complete your set-up. The prices I’ve quoted you are from B&H Photo in NYC They are my main suppliers. The Photo Studio Kit, stores right into it’s own case, and it works well, I have one of my own. It is cheaper, and better than one you would assemble with similar components. If you have any more questions just ask, I’ll be here.
… Joe Prete

7:47 pm - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

#141 Lynne

Thank you so much for your incredibly quick help. Don’t know where you find the time to help all of us with your knowledge. I did see the camera was no longer available at many places, so this was great info you provided & I have always liked & respected B&H Photo in the city.  Don’t think I could spend less than this & thrilled to hear you still recommend this camera for what my photography needs are.  Thank you again…I am very much appreciative.  Lynne

8:36 pm - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

#142 Lynne

Sorry to bug you again, but another question. I know I wrote you in the comments section for the Canon camera, but that was because I saw an email from you to someone who needed to photograph jewelry as well & you had recommended the Fujifilm SL300.  Which one of these two cameras (the Fuji Sl300 or the Canon SX510 you just mentioned would be best for me…for shooting beads & jewelry)?  Do you think one is better than the other for what I need to do?  Thanks..I should have mentioned the Fuji camera in my comments apologies.  Lynne

8:43 pm - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

#143 Joe Prete

I would have to see the other post, but the SL300 is discontinued in the US, maybe he was from India, where it is still sold, or maybe he needed a camera with a viewfinder as well. The SX500 IS had a CCD & the newer SX510 HS uses a newer, better CMOS Sensor. Maybe it was just a different time, but you asked for the Canon SX500 IS, and I informed you of the current SX510 HS model that has replaced it. This camera is currently on rebate, and it will not only serve your purpose well, but will be easy for you to operate too. If you want to complicate things, I’m willing to bet that Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Olympus and many others all have several cameras that would also do the job, but you’ve got a CMOS based Point & Shoot for two bills on the vey first shot, so why complicate the situation? I gave you a few items that are within your budget, and they will do an excellent job. Check the date of the other post, I can’t even remember it, but I give many people advice every day, and I always give them the best advice that I can, based on the availability at each particular time, but technology changes, and prices and availability constantly change, so obviously advice given to two different people, at different times, in different areas may not be exactly the same. It’s so nice to get an easy one once in a while, then something comes by to complicate it. No
Fujifilm makes many fine cameras, some of the best, but they use their own X Trans CMOS sensors in those, not a CCD that goes into an entry level camera, 3 or so years earlier than Canon’s SX510 HS.
Btw, the HS indicates a High Sensitivity Sensor, that came from the higher level SX50 HS. If you would like to discuss this any further, please email me, the addresses can easily be found, or send it to Mark Goldstein who will forward it to me. If you buy from B&H and are not satisfied, they will exchange it or reimburse you without any penalty, so you have nothing to lose with my original suggestions.
Lynne, I don’t mind answering your questions, but when it takes more than two responses, I usually do switch to email, so please do to be offended by that. If you need any further help, if Photography
is new to you, write to me and I will give you some instruction, and some helpful links that you can use for reference. If you plan on selling on ebay, or a similar site, your photographs will make or break your sales, so if you are to succeed, this is important to you, I understand that. I’ve helped many others in the same way, so I have stored examples, and email links that will help you. I’ll watch for your email, as it seems this is totally new to you. It’s not a problem.
… Joe Prete

11:18 pm - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

#144 Nikolay

Рекомендую, хороший фотоаппарат. Maid in Japan!

8:43 am - Thursday, June 12, 2014

#145 Lloyd Bob

Purchased a Power Shot SX500IS and 13 months later lens cover wont stay on. Missing a plastic ring($.12 part) called cannon & they want me to send them $196.00 for a rebult used model. Some loyality program. This is after the costomer service rep told me they had lots of complaints about same issue.Also no parts available for this camera. Thanks for the GREAT service will be buying a Fuji next time

4:16 am - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

#146 Joe Prete

Lloyd Bob,
If you could explain that a little better, I will help you. There are adapters that are normally used for Lens Filters, but they can be used to hold the lens cap too. If the cap itself is broken, they are inexpensive to replace. In a worst case scenario it may cost you about $6.00 and it doesn’t have to be Canon brand.  Another option is a company like OP/TECH USA that makes & sells Over-Covers http://www.op/ They fit over the lens and stay in place because they are made of stretch neoprene that comes in many sizes. It will stay on as good as the original cap.

They also sell the “Fastcap” that has a surrounding that stays on the lens, and the cap opens. It simply swings out of the way like a little door. (A picture is worth a thousand words here, but it is really very simple and inexpensive). Another alternative is a Body     - Lens Neoprene cover that will protect the camera as well.

I don’t recall hearing this complaint. Canon has some of the best Customer Service and Technical Support. I would call them again. They can see that you called, by your phone number. You could make a complaint, but ask for a Manager this time.  You will most likely receive a Satisfaction Survey too. Check the spam bin.

Btw, they must stock parts for at least 7 years since the last date of Production This is governed by each country, but they all have similar rules.
  … Joe Prete

6:22 am - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

#147 mohamed

canon sx 50 hs is then best semi professional camera

9:22 pm - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#148 Danielle

Hi I just got this camera and haven’t really figured it out yet I wanted something that I could take some good scenery pictures with like sunsets and have them framed, that sort of stuff, has anybody tried this camera out?

7:30 am - Saturday, January 17, 2015

#149 Ken

I disagree somewhat with the statement that the Canon has no settings to change and is simply a point and shoot camera. It has the usual full auto, but has full manual and aperture and shutter priority settings, control if ISO, and may scene settings to choose from. It’s not close to an SLR, but for just over $200 it’s a nice camera. If it had a viewfinder it would be great. I upgraded to the Canon SX50 for that reason (and the longer zoom).

8:18 am - Saturday, January 17, 2015

#150 Joe Prete

Yes, many people have “Tried this camera out” as you put it. It is an inexpensive “Point & Shot” camera, named so, because of the ability to just put it in “Auto Mode”, and let the camera make all the decisions for you.  As Ken pointed out, the more advanced user can use other settings to get creative with your results. I would suggest reading the guide first, & start with the Warnings in the beginning, it will say NOT to point the camera directly at the Sun, so that you don’t fry your Sensor, and maybe your eyes too, although that is much more dangerous with an actual Viewfinder, which this camera lacks, but try to be causous with any camera, as the lens can magnify the object many times (such as the Sun) and it can cause damage. Think of how a fire can be started, using just the Sun and a Magnifying glass! The lens is much more powerful.

So read the guide, and take it step at a time. You should have a Hard Copy of the Basic User’s Guide, and an Advanced copy of the User’s Guide on a CD. You can buy a full Guide on ebay for about $10.00 and that’s much cheaper than doing it yourself.  It will most likely be over 200 pages, or you can read it from the CD, or on line.

I would say that this camera was popular, because it has since been replaced by the SX510, SX520 and the current version SX530. It has become common to leave the older models in the line-up for a while, to offer the users a less expensive alternative, but there are improvements in each new model. It may be a good idea to open a (Free) Flicker account, and join a group of shooters that are using this model, that way you can see what it’s capable of, and like Ted said, more advanced images can be taken once you learn how to use the camera. As you post your images, just seeing how you learn to shoot better images should give you the satisfaction to continue.

It can be a very satisfying Hobby, and of course there are monthly (& even weekly) Magazines available, like “Popular Photography”, it comes to just over a Dollar an issue in Paper form. (Digital is quite a bit cheaper) There is plenty of free How To’s on the web, even right on this site, just check on the link in the Header. At the top of every page, “How To” is just to the left of the “Search” (Field) Box.
Okay, are we good? … Just start at the Beginning of your guide!
Hey, maybe Ken can offer you some advice too? You can ask him.
We always try to help each other on this blog. Many are beginners!
Good Luck Danielle,
… Joe Prete

9:31 am - Saturday, January 17, 2015

#151 Theresa

I’ve noticed Joe Prete seems to know a lot about cameras.  I was wondering how I could get in touch to ask a few questions.


1:59 pm - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

#152 Laurie a

Hello! Can someone recommend a camera that is suitable and will do an excellent job at taking pictures of jewelery, diamonds and close ups. I also use a light box to take the pictures any tips on that?

Thanks in advance

8:10 am - Tuesday, February 9, 2016

#153 Laurie A

I would greatly appreciate it if someone could recommend a camera that will do an excellent job at taking pictures of jewelery, diamonds and close ups. I also use a lighting box to take the pictures..any tips on that?

Thanks in advance.

8:13 am - Tuesday, February 9, 2016

#154 Chad David Everts

Has any one used this for wide angle shots?  I sell real estate and need a camera that will make small spaces look enticing…

12:24 am - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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