LCD and Viewfinder
Canon ELPH 500 HS has a Fixed Type 3.2″ LCD screen with a resolution of 461k dots. The 3.2″ screen is larger than average but461kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
LCD is Touch screen
type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
ELPH 500 HS doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 (Compare) or Canon PowerShot SD780 IS (Digital IXUS 100 IS) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon ELPH 500 HS can shoot continuously at max speed of 3 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/1600 sec.
Unfortunately ELPH 500 HS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Canon ELPH 500 HS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from.
Canon ELPH 500 HS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon ELPH 500 HS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps and save in and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Canon ELPH 500 HS will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
ELPH 500 HS also a high speed mode where it captures videos at 240 fps for ultra slow motion videos. ELPH 500 HS has a built-in Stereo microphone but no speaker.
Canon ELPH 500 HS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Samsung PL120 or Samsung SH100 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect ELPH 500 HS to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Canon ELPH 500 HS is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 180 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, Canon ELPH 500 HS has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend ELPH 500 HS owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Compact Cameras
Fujifilm X30 with its 470shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Compact cameras. Check the comparison of Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Fujifilm X30 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Canon ELPH 500 HS Features Compared to Main Competitors