LCD and Viewfinder
Canon SX500 IS has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 461k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
SX500 IS 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon SX500 IS can shoot continuously at max speed of 1 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/1600 sec.
Unfortunately SX500 IS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Canon SX500 IS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 1 points to choose from.
Canon SX500 IS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon SX500 IS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 25 fps and save in and H.264 formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution .
SX500 IS has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Canon SX500 IS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Olympus XZ-2 iHS or Nikon Coolpix P7000 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Canon SX500 IS has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port to connect your camera to other devices.
Battery Canon SX500 IS is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 195 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, Canon SX500 IS has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend SX500 IS owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Canon SX500 IS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Canon SX500 IS Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Canon SX500 IS is $329.99