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Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH Discussion
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Dave, Thanks for your excellent site and yet another excellent review ! I have one question - you said there was an option on the camera to perform a "low level format" - what does this do exactly ? Thanks Justine..

Comment #1

Thank you for the great site and reviews, I just found this site yesterday! I've been thinking about getting my first digital camera and I think SD500 is perfect for my trip to asia, although I'm not an experienced photographer for all the overwhelming features and $500 price tag. The only problem with it is that the price is a bit too high for me, a college student with a part time job. Are there any reasons not to buy this within a month or two due to a plan for a next model or price drops? Again, thanks for the great site and informations!..

Comment #2

Just wondering if there is any significance in the multiple reports of screens cracking on these cameras for little or no reason? The screen on my S400 cracked a while back and I am at a loss to explain why. I ordered a SD500 today and since have read 4 different reviews from people that the screens on their SD series cameras cracked...

Comment #3

I just ordered mine today and was not aware of this issue. Is it just for the SD300 or all of the SD line?..

Comment #4

Justine: Dave writes: __ Justine Clark Dave, Thanks for your excellent site and yet another excellent review ! I have one question - you said there was an option on the camera to perform a "low level format" - what does this do exactly ? I think that was just meaning a reformat of the memory card, rather than just erasing the current images. Reformatting basically resets the "directory" on the card, where all the files are kept track of. It will sometimes correct card errors caused by faulty information in that directory, or bad blocks of storage on the card itself. It's a bit more thorough reset of the card than just doing an "erase all" operation. Dave __ Hope this helps. Forum Admin..

Comment #5

Hi, I noticed in your picky info area of the canon SD500 that you say it records images on a compact flash card. Doesn't the SD500 use an SD card? Thanks...

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James: Dave writes: __ James Lee Thank you for the great site and reviews, I just found this site yesterday! I've been thinking about getting my first digital camera and I think SD500 is perfect for my trip to asia, although I'm not an experienced photographer for all the overwhelming features and $500 price tag. The only problem with it is that the price is a bit too high for me, a college student with a part time job. Are there any reasons not to buy this within a month or two due to a plan for a next model or price drops? Again, thanks for the great site and informations! Sorry for the *slow* response, there's been so much review work that I've gotten way behind on my forum correspondence. Canon doesn't tell us very far ahead if new models are coming, but given how new the SD500 is, it's very unlikely that they'd have something newer to replace it any time soon. If you're looking to save money though, you might consider the SD400. It's got many of the same features, but is less expensive.

I haven't finished my review of the SD400 (it should actually go up some time next week), but I can say that it looks like a very nice little camera, with good image quality. Dave __ Hope this helps. Forum Admin..

Comment #7

Hi All, I just purchased an SD500. Right out of the box, my XP laptop would not recognize the camera and you could not download images  the camera would freeze up to where you would have to take the battery out to reset it. I saw this on a post on dpreview.com but figured it to be an anomaly. Guess not. That fellow went out and bought an SD card reader to get around the problem, but I find that unacceptable for a $500 camera. After much trouble shooting and an hour with Canon tech support, their solution was to send the cam back to Canon.

A $500 camera, right out of the box has to be sent back for repair for two weeks. And we had an event we wanted to use it for this weekend. I dont think its the cable, or software, more likely firmware or something internal. Weve used an S30 with our computer before without problem. And, to top it off, we cant return it to US1camera where we purchased it without a 15% restocking fee! So were rather trapped  send it back to Canon for two weeks or eat $75 + shipping to return it.

Promise kept. Regards,.

Canonsucks..

Comment #8

Hi,.

I have a Canon SD500, my first canon camera. I can charge the battery on my sony digital camera with the usb cable attached to the PC.

Does canon too charge the battery thru' usb? I can't figure it out with just connecting it, bcoz it does not show any blinking sign or anything... there is no battery life indicator. Although the camera is excellent in every other aspect, not knowing the battery life and the space left on the SD card is a major drawback. Or am I just missing seeing them? thanks,.

Swati..

Comment #9

Hi Dave (Etchells), Given the problems you have been talking about in other threads, would it be possible for you to do the portrait tets using the center focus mode to make sure that the camera actually focus on Marti's face ? - this would then clear up the issue of her features looking soft because of an autofocus mistake ? - perhaps you could do this as an extra picture to compliment the one done with the autofocus ? Thanks for your great site ! Ashley..

Comment #10

Dave, I don't understand the flash range test. For the SD500 the target gets smaller as the distance increases ? but for the other cameras such as the p200 the target does not get smaller as the distance increases ? I thought you zoomed in on the target for all cameras ? Are the flash range tests from the p200 and the sd500 directly comparable ? Thanks! Alex..

Comment #11

Just getting ready to purchase a subcompact digital. If Canon is as bad as everyone suggests (crack screen) do you have an opinion on other manufacturers? What comparable camera would you recommend...

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