The EOS 500 is a entry level 35mm autofocus SLR introduced by Canon in 1993. It is known as the EOS Rebel XS in the North American market and the EOS Kiss in Japan. A nearly identical model without flash was available in the American market called EOS Rebel X. The model successors are the EOS 500N released in 1996.
It has a electronic vertical travel focal plane shutter with speeds from 30s to 1/2000. There is a built-in pop up flash with a GN of 12. Flash sync is at 1/90 a sec. The metering system features silicon photo diode with evaluative, central partial and center-weighted average metering modes. The meter has a range of 2 to 20 EV at (ASA 100, 50mm f/1.4), and can be set for film speeds from 6 to 6400 ISO. The mode dial is used for exposure modes which includes, aperture priority, shutter priority, dept of field AE, manual exposure and a program mode with scene selections such as portrait, landscape, close-up, sports, and night. An exposure compensation modes is available from -2 to +2 in 1/2 stops.
The film loading is automatic and prewinds the film onto the take-up spool, because of the the exposure counter is downward counting. Film advances up to 3 frames per second. It uses two 3V CR123A lithium batteries.