Canon Digital IXUS 500

PowerShot and IXUS digital compact cameras

Digital IXUS 500

Canon Digital IXUS 500

Supreme in every sense.

The ultimate in stylish high-performance, the all metal bodied 5.0 Megapixel Digital IXUS 500 is a triumph of precision optics, superb build quality and miniaturisation.


  • 5.0 Megapixel sensor
  • Designer style, ultra compact all metal body
  • 3x optical zoom (approx. 12.3x combined)
  • DIGIC and iSAPS
  • 9-point AiAF
  • VGA movies with sound
  • PictBridge/Canon Direct Print compatible
  • Print/Share button
  • Access to CANON iMAGE GATEWAY (Not available in all regions)

Detailed Features

Steely resolve

The ultimate in stylish, high performance digital photography, the Digital IXUS 500 delivers quality prints up to A3 size. With a super hard Cerabrite finish, this flagship of the IXUS range brings together uncompromising build quality and an abundance of integrated technologies in a triumph of miniaturisation.

The IXUS eye

A 3x optical zoom culminates 60 years of Canon optical heritage to deliver crisp, corner-to-corner clarity. A 3x optical zoom (12.3x combined) offers a wide angle of coverage, while the 9-point AiAF ensures accurate focusing, even with off-centre subjects.

Outstanding performance

High performance demands plenty of processing power – which is why the Digital IXUS 500 incorporates Canon's dedicated DIGIC processor. DIGIC delivers superb image quality at high speed with less drain on the battery for extended performance.

Photographer’s assistant

iSAPS is a hidden photographer’s assistant, instantly analysing the scene and making adjustments even before the shutter release is pressed. iSAPS optimises exposure, white balance and auto-focus settings in every shooting situation for consistently brilliant results.

Advanced features

An Intelligent Orientation Sensor automatically rotates images before playback. Movie mode allows up to 3-minute movie clips (30 seconds in VGA mode) with sound recording, playback and 'in-camera' editing. Auto mode is perfect for 'point and shoot' situations, while Manual mode puts you in creative control. An optional waterproof case protects your IXUS to a depth of 40m.

Easy printing

The camera prints directly to all PictBridge or Canon Direct Print compatible printers. Create beautiful, instant photo prints by connecting camera to printer and pushing the Print/Share button, which also speeds up online sharing to any Windows PC. When used with a Canon Compact Photo Printer, you can print ID photos, or a series of movie clip frames.

Online sharing

With Canon’s ZoomBrowser EX (for Windows) and ImageBrowser (for Macintosh) you can arrange albums, crop photographs and adjust image contrast and brightness. Your new IXUS also comes with membership to CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, your personal online gallery with 100MB free space for sharing albums with family and friends. CANON iMAGE GATEWAY also allows you to personalise the camera with start-up image and sound-effect downloads.

Product Specification


Type 1/1.8” CCD
Effective Pixels Approx.5.0M
Total Pixels Approx.5.3M
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Type DIGIC with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 7.4 – 22.2 mm (35mm film equivalent: 36 – 108mm)
Zoom Optical 3x, digital approx. 4.1x, combined approx. 12x
Maximum f/number f/2.8 – f/4.9
Construction 7 elements in 5 groups (2 aspherical elements)


Type TTL
AF System / Points 9-point AiAF, 1-point AF (Fixed centre)
AF Modes Normal, Macro, Infinity
Selected AF Point Display Indicated on rear LCD panel
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way
AF Assist Beam Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 5cm


Metering Modes Evaluative, Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* AUTO, 50, 100, 200, 400
Type Mechanical shutter & electronic shutter
Speed 15 – 1/2,000 sec
(Slow Shutter speeds of 1 sec. and more, available in Long Shutter Mode only. Shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. and more operate with noise reduction).


Type TTL
Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom


Type sRGB


Viewfinder Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder
Eyepoint 16mm


Monitor 1.5” P-Si TFT, approx. 118,000 pixels
Coverage 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of fifteen levels
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes
Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Built-in Flash Range 46cm-3.5m (W) / 46cm - 2.0m (T), 30 - 46cm (Macro) (at ISO AUTO equivalent)


Modes Auto, Manual, Long Shutter, Macro, Infinity, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White
Drive Modes Single, Continuous
Continuous Shooting High Speed at approx. 2.2 fps¹ (speed maintained for up to 14 images)
Normal at approx. 1.5 fps¹ (speed maintained for up to 17 images)²


Image Size (L)2592 x 1944, (M1)2048 x 1536, (M2)1600 x 1200, (S)640 x 480
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Movies (L)640 x 480, 10fps (M)320 x 240, (S)160 x 120, 15fps
Movie Length Up to 3mins, (320x240, 160x120)²
Upto 30sec. (640 x 480)²


Still Image Type JPEG (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies AVI [Motion JPEG + WAVE (monaural)]
Sound Files WAVE (monaural)


Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and Bubble Jet Printers with the direct print function. (ID Photo Print, Movie Print supported on CP printers only)
PictBridge Yes


My Camera Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
Sound Memo Up to 60 sec per image
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback Zoom 2x – 10x
Display Formats Single/ Index (9 thumbnail images)/ Slide Show/ Magnified/ Movie
Image Erase Protection Single image
Image Erase Single image, All
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec.
Menu Categories (1) Recording Menu
(2) Playback menu
(3) Set-up menu
(4) My camera menu
(5) Function menu
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.


Computer USB (Mini-B, PTP)
Other A/V output (PAL/NTSC)


Type CompactFlash Type I


PC Macintosh Windows 98(including SE) / 2000 / Me / XP


Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX (PhotoRecord) / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch
Drivers TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me)
Image Manipulation ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft VideoImpression


Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-1LH (battery and charger supplied)
Battery Life Approx. 190 shots (LCD monitor on)
Approx. 440 shots (LCD monitor off)
Approx. 140 min. (Playback)
Power Saving Power turns off after 10, 20, 30sec. 1, 2, 3mins.
AC Power Supply Optional, AC adapter kit ACK500


Case Soft Case SC-PS300
Waterproof / Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC800
Power Supply & Battery Chargers Compact Power Adapter CA-PS500, Battery Charger CB-2LSE, Car battery charger CBC-NB1,


Body Materials Metal body
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions 87.0 x 57.0 x 27.8 mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 185g
Continuous Shooting ¹ Large/Fine with LCD monitor off
² Depending on memory card speed & capacity
Movie Length ² Depending on memory card speed & capacity
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods.
  • Subject to change without notice.
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