I went into my local Target yesterday to buy the D5100 instead of this model, but they were out. I was a bit disappointed at first, but that ended when I took my first picture. Wow!
With my first go, I decided to see what the automatic functions could do. Not bad, honestly, but not great, either. Definitely good enough to put in a photo album. Being my first DSLR, I wanted more from it, so went full manual. Stunning! My shots look professional. Sure, this is a learning curve, so for every thirty shots or so, I get one good one. It's not a camera problem, but a "me" problem. Once I get used to the functions of this camera, I KNOW that these shots will be perfect 100 percent of the time.
If you decide to go for this model, you will not have any regrets. Get used to the manual functions because it is worth it, ten fold. Excellent buy. So happy!
I bought this camera a week ago with my 20percent off code for target screwing up my baby registry.
I've been hesitant on spending this much money on a camera for several years now but with a baby girl on the way, i wanted an awesome camera i could take a million pictures with.
This camera is worth every penny. although you need to practice and read the manual to take amazing pictures, so far I've been taking pictures of anything and everything and I have been impressed.
I am very satisfied with my purchase.
After seeing pictures taken on a birding trip by a friend with this camera, I bought one as soon as we got home.
I took it on vacation with me to the dunes of Michigan and couldn't believe the pictures I got. The zoom is absolutely phenominal. I steadied the camera on a deck railing, not even a tripod and the pictures were perfectly clear even at 100x zoom. I just love this camera.
I used Canon SX40HS before bought this camera. First, I look for camera with super zoom, because I have DSLR only have reach 400mm with weight lens...
After read opinion and search for suggestion, I decide to buy this one for travelling and daily use. This camera was awesome for going somewhere, compact and free of lenses changing...the zoom was great for me, especially for candids and wildlife...superb!
After owning a Rebel ET for years decided to go smaller. It fits my needs totally. Really wanted a camera with video. Although I am satisfied with the camera I was a bit disappointed that the soft carrying case, PSC-4050, would not accept my camera because it was too small. Other than that I love all your canon cameras.
I have been using a cheaper 10 megapixel point and shoot camera for a few years now but really wanted a high end Cannon Rebel or better but was just not affordable for me yet so I thought I would at least upgrade to this SX 500 IS and WOW! I am Blown Away with this Camera. For the money this Camera Performs beyond my expectations. The Zoom feature is fantastic and the picture quality is amazing. I highly recommend this Camera and with a little patience and study of the more detailed manual available on-line the results are quite incredible.
This camera was a Christmas present to my wife and myself. I used this camera at several concerts in an arena. I was able to take photos, from the middle seating level near the back of the arena. I used the optical zoom without the flash, just using the concert lighting. The photographs are incredible, beautiful quality, the close ups were almost like a portrait shot. The video is also incredible, I would not hesitate to buy this camera if I had to do it over.