introduced 1996 - discontinued 1999

Essentially the EOS 500 given a 'retro-style' facelift. New features include user-selectable focus points, Auto Exposure Bracketing, and a Night Scene program mode. E-TTL flash metering is available with Speedlites 380EX and 220EX.

Type and major components
Type: 35 mm focal plane shutter SLR (Single-Lens Reflex) autofocus/autoexposure camera with built-in motor drive and retractable flash.
Picture format: 24 x 36 mm, panorama (13 x 36mm) enabled (Japanese version KISS only, panorama frame is set with external lever)
Lens Mount: Canon EF Mount (electronic signal transfer system).
Usable Lenses: Canon EF lenses.
Suggested standard lense: EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6II USM
Viewfinder information: Fixed eye-level roof mirror. 0.7x magnification and 90% coverage. Center AF marks, wide AF frame, partial metering circle. 7-segment LCD displays (Yellow-Green) numeric values, textual display, in-focus indicator, exposure display, shutter speed, aperture setting, Red-Eye reduction lamp, flash ready, panorama frame (set with external lever), and other indications.
Reflex Mirror: Quick-return half-mirror.
Standard Dioptre: Adjusted to -1. (18.5 mm eye relief).
Focusing Screen: Fixed, full-surface new laser-matte screen marked with focusing points, partial metering circle.
Shutter: Vertical-travel, focal plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled. Front and rear shutter curtains both have dedicated electromagnetic release control. (Curtain speed: 6.3 ms/24 mm).
Shutter Speeds: 30 to 1/2000 sec., Bulb; X-sync at 1/90 sec. Can be set in 1/2-stop increments.
External LCD: Shutter speed, aperture setting, film speed, multiple exposure count, Red-Eye reduction, self-timer display, film status, exposure display, battery check, and other indications.
NOTE: LCD Panel In time, the camera's LCD (liquid-crystal display) panel indications may become light and difficult to read. If this happens, have it replaced (at cost) by a Canon Service Center. At low temperatures, the display response of the LCD panel may become slower. And at 60 degrees C or higher temperatures. the display may blacken. In either case, the display will return to normal at room temperature.

AF Control System: TTL-SIR (Secondary Image Registration) phase detection type using 3-point cross type BASIS (Base-stored Image Sensor). (| + |). One of the following two AF modes is set automatically depending on the picture taking mode. The shutter does not release until focusing is achieved. One-Shot AF: Autofocus locks when focusing is achieved. Al Servo AF: for automatic switching between One-Shot AF and predictive AF for moving subjects.
Focus Point Selection: The focusing point can be selected by camera (Automatic) or by user (Manual).
AF Working Range: EV 1.5 - 18 at ISO 100
AF Auxiliary Light: Built-in auxiliary light fires when necessary

Exposure Control
Light Metering: Composite SPC for TTL full-aperture metering (6-zone evaluative, 9.5% partial at center, and Centre-Weighted averaging) with shutter speed-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, Intelligent program AE (5 settings), depth-of-field AE and metered manual. Five PIC (Programmed Image Control) modes: Portraiture, land scape, Close-up, Sports and Night scene.
Metering Range: EV 2 to 20 conversion with 50min f/1.4 lens at ISO 100) (normal temperature)
Film Speed Setting: ISO 25-5000 automatically set in 1/3 step increments according to DX code. Can also be set manually from ISO 6-6400 in 1/3 step increments.
Exposure Compensation: 2 EV (in 1/2-stop increments) Not available in PIC modes.
Auto Exposure Bracketing: +/- 2 stops in 1/2-stop increments, Three continuous exposures taken in sequence: one under, one at the standard metered value, and one over.
Film Transport: Film Loading / Film Advance: Automatic. One of two modes is automatically set: Single Frame and Continuous (1 fps maximum). Align film leader at mark, then close the camera back for prewind loading. First, the entire roll is wound on the take-up spool. Then each time a picture is taken, the film advances back into the cartridge.
Film Rewind: Automatically rewinds at the end of the roll. Mid-roll rewind is possible.
Frame Counter: Counts down on external LCD panel (counts up during prewind loading).
Film advance speed: 1 fps

Built-in Flash
Type: Retractable, TTL automatic exposure flash housed in the pentaprism. By-pass control system. Auto pop-up head. TTL auto flash control (fires automatically in backlight and low-light conditions). Off-the-film metering with a 4-zone flash metering sensor covering three flash metering points.
Red-Eye reduction lamp (AF-assist beam emitter): provided. Applicable to all shooting modes. Lights when hutter button is depressed half way, shutter can be release immediately.
Guide Number(ISO 100, m): 12 (changes according to film speed.
Flash Coverage Angle: Automatically zooms to cover the field of view of 28mm lense
Recycling Time: approx. 2 sec.
X-sync: Fastest at 1/90 sec.
AF Auxiliary Light: Auto emit when shutter button is depressed half way. Wfffective range: 16.43 ft (5 m).
Effective shooting range: 3.29-15.7 ft (1-4.8m, ISO 100) It changes according to film speed.
Flash Duration: 1 ms or less
Others: Camera Shake alert: Provided for full auto and PIC modes -EXCEPT Night Scene mode. Shutter Speed blinks if speed is too slowthan the reciprocal
Recycling Time: Approximately 2 seconds. Lights when ready.
Red-Eye Reduction Function: Red-Eye Reduction Lamp Lights while the shutter button is pressed halfway and focusing and metering are achieved.
Self-Timer: Electronically controlled with a 10-sec. with beeper tone
Multiple Exposures: Up to nine (9) exposures can be present. Automatically clears upon completion
Remote Control: 3-pin remote control
External Flash: Hot shoe socket for external flash for E-TTL, A-TTL and TTL Programmed Flash Exposure Control with dedicated speedlites. Manual flash is possible.
NOTE: Although it is possible to use third party flash units with the camera but Canon warns when using an external flash unit, an EOS-dedlcaled Speedlite is also recommended. Using a flash unit (equipped with several contacts on the hot shoe toot) dedicated to a different-brand camera or using a high-voltage batterytype flash unit or accessories may result in camera misoperation or malfunction.

Power Source
Two 3 V (6 Volts) CR123A or DL 123A lithium batteries supplies power to body and built-in flash.
Battery Check: Battery level is displayed by the battery level indicator on the LCD panel. Battery level is indicated in one of four levels. Note: When the symbol blinks on the LCD, a picture can still be taken except it may not be enough to advance/rewind the film.

Size: EOS-500N/Rebel G/EOS Rebel G/KISS II QD: 5-5/8" (W) x 3-5/8" (H) x 2-7/16" (D), 145.7mm (W) x 92mm (H) x 61.9mm (D)
Weight: EOS-500N/ Rebel G /KISS II: 12.3oz (350g) without battery / 13.4oz (382g) with battery. EOS-500N/ Rebel G /KISS II QD: 12.8oz (365g) without battery / 13.9oz (397g) with battery.

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1 September 1996

Canon update popular EOS SLR camera

Canon has added the EOS 500N to it popular EOS range of SLR cameras. The EOS 500N builds on the success of the EOS 500 and incorporates new features with an attractive black and silver design.

New and improved features on the EOS 500N include user selectable focusing points, focus point indicator, improved viewfinder, Night Scene Mode, Auto Exposure Bracketing, partial metering and E-TTL autoflash.

The EOS 500N retains the easy to use control dials and an improved LCD panel, making it appealing to the new SLR photographer and experienced amateur alike.


A three-point autofocus system enables the camera to focus on off-centre subjects. Point selection is automatic, with the camera using an intelligent system to select the most appropriate focus point. Focusing points can also be selected manually, which is useful when there are multiple subjects in the viewfinder and the photographer wants to emphasise just one of them.

Automatic Exposure

Exposure readings are taken from six different areas of the scene. A built-in computer then compares these readings to a library of typical scenes. In this way, the camera is able to detect light or dark backgrounds, or other difficult subjects, and adjust the exposure accordingly.

When the multiple exposure metering is not required, readings can be taken from the central 9.5% reading of the picture area only.

AIM for perfection

For optimum picture quality the EOS 500N uses Canon’s AIM (Advanced Integrated Multipoint control) system to create a link between the focusing and exposure metering systems of the camera. The focusing system tells the exposure system where the subject is positioned, so that the light readings taken by the 6-zone metering sensor can be analysed even more accurately. Flash metering is also linked to AIM, giving optimum exposure indoors and out.

Improved Viewfinder

An improved viewfinder increases the image brightness, making viewing easier and more comfortable.

Auto Exposure Bracketing

In difficult exposure conditions, Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) allows the taking of three shots at different exposures, either individually or continuously. The exposure varies to ensure that at least one shot will give the required result.

TTL flash control

Introduced with the EOS 500N is a new flashgun – the Speedlite 220EX. Used with the new camera, it offers an improved method of flash exposure control, as well as flash synchronization up to 1/2000th of a second.

The EOS 500N also has a built-in retractable flash. This is linked to the multiple focusing points, has a zoom reflector giving coverage for lenses as wide as 28mm and features a red-eye reduction lamp.

Program Image Control (PIC) Modes

Five PIC modes are available for quick and easy photography – Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Action and the new Night Scene mode. A full Auto mode provides general settings to suit most situations.

Using the Night Scene mode, the shutter speed is increased to give greater exposure to the background, picking up more detail. The result is a well-exposed subject against a brighter background, eliminating the problem of underexposed backgrounds that can occur.

Focus Modes

Two focusing modes are available – One Shot AF and AI Servo with Predictive AF. One Shot AF focuses the lens and is ideal for static or slow moving objects. For action photography the camera senses the subject is moving and switches to Predictive AF. The focus will then follow the subject and anticipate its position at the moment of exposure. Manual focus is also possible.

The EOS 500N also features multiple exposure, 10 second timer, in-focus bleep, visual camera shake warning signal and single and continuous frame advance according to the shooting mode.

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EOS 500N

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