Canon has released details of its latest super-zoom compact camera, the PowerShot SX500 IS, which is due for release in Australia from mid-September 2012.


Angled front view of the PowerShot SX500 IS with the pop-up flash raised. (Source: Canon.)

Claimed as the lightest 30x optical zoom with wide-angle lensin its class, the new camera features a 16-megapixel CCD sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor. Its stabilised 30x optical zoom lens covers focal lengths equivalent to 24-720mm in 35mm format with maximum apertures ranging from f/3.4 at 24mm to f/5.8 at 720mm. The Zoom Plus function enables magnification to be doubled to the equivalent of 1440mm in 35mm format.

The PowerShot SX500 IS includes the latest Canon Framing Assist function, Seek, which allows the user to quickly re-frame their shot on their chosen subject without zooming back and forth by simply holding down a button. This lets users bring distant subjects back into frame without losing their focus.


Rear view of the PowerShot SX500 IS. (Source: Canon.)

Covering all types of usage from point and shoot simplicity to creative modes and manual control via P/A/S/M shooting modes, the PowerShot SX500 IS provides a choice of 32 Scene Smart Auto modes plus HD video recording at 720p. Shutter speeds range from 15 seconds to 1/1600 second and the camera supports a sensitivity range equivalent to ISO 100-1600, with ISO 6400 available in low light mode.

No viewfinder is provided but the 461K-dot monitor features an improved Live View mode with easy adjustment of  Brightness, Vividness, and Colour Tone for creative control.Full details are available at