When I first handled the Canon PowerShot 500 HS, I wasn’t too pleased with the effectiveness of the touchscreen interface; however, the more I used it, the more fun I had with the camera.
One of the features I enjoyed the most on the PowerShot 500 HS is its ability to capture high-speed video up to 240 fps, albeit at a lower resolution than the camera’s 1920 x 1080 resolution when shooting 24p or 30p.
At 240 fps, you get 320 x 240 resolution; however, at 120 fps, you still get a full VGA-quality 640 x 480 resolution, which is plenty big enough to make some fun videos to share on YouTube or Facebook. Below are a few slow-motion clips that I captured with the PowerShot 500 HS with a bleach bypass effect applied in iMovie ’11, which easily handles video files from this camera.
If you want to see one without the bleach bypass effect, it’s here.
This camera is a fun little point and shoot camera. The biggest problem with it is the scroll action on the touchscreen, which almost spoils the joy of the camera. The tapping action on the touchscreen for options and shooting mode selections works fine, but the scrolling action is a terrible implementation. Fortunately, the need to get into the menu to scroll for options is limited.
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