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85 people found this helpful
Works for me
on February 10, 2012
I have had this camer for about a week and so far, it has met or exceeded all of my expectations. I bought it as an upgrade from a Canon PowerShot A710 IS that I have had for years and which has served me very well. I bought the ELPH 510 HS primarily for the longer zoom and the more compact size. The extra megapixels were not a big factor for me. I have been experimenting with the camera and exploring the features and capabilities. I have read the reviews and the complaints about short battery life. The camera comes with a relatively low power battery (870mAh). I was able to burn through that in an afternoon of playing with the camera, taking and viewing shots, video, etc. and hardly turning off the power at all. I bought a pair of 1200mAh batteries for spares. They provide almost 50% more power which should translate to more photos and video between charges.
I am totally satisfied with the camera. It is not a full size digital SLR, which I also considered. But, I wanted a camera that I could keep with me that would give me more flexibility and better pictures than my smart phone. While I am certain the full size camera would provide even more capabilities, it wouldn't do me any good if it was inconvenient to carry along. This camera provides all of the essential, and many not so essential, features that I wanted. It takes great pictures in nearly all lighting conditions. The AUTO mode works pretty well for most shots. I did, however, find that using some of the other scene modes can make a difference, i.e. using Kids & Pets mode when shooting pictures of the grandkids seems to speed up the focus process and results in a better picture. The video is outstanding, especially for the compact size of the camera. I have read reviews claiming that you could hear noise from the zoom while shooting video. I have not noticed that to be a problem.
I like the touch screen. It does take more pressure than my smart phone, but it is not problematic. The menus are intelligently constructed and make it quick and easy to find what you need. I love the way the switches work for powering on the camera, switching between shooting and viewing, and between snapshots and video. The camera is always ready to do whatever you want. The power on time is faster than my previous camera. It is also faster between shots. So, I have no complaints.
The video diary feature is quite nice, but is limited to low resolution video. The same is true for some of the other rapid shooting features, like the five shot group where the camera picks the best shot, or the 8 shot burst, or the continuous shooting. These features work well, but do not produce HD size images. These are the only features of the camera that have not lived up to my hopes.
I also did an accidental drop test on the camera. I had it in my shirt pocket. I dropped something else and when I bent down to pick up what I had dropped, the camera fell out of my shirt pocket onto a tile floor. It powered on just fine and everything seemed to work just fine, but it seemed like it took the image stabilization a little while to reorient itself. It has been working flawlessly since.
One feature that I was looking forward to was the ability to control the camera from the TV remote when connected via an HDMI cable. That does not work with my TV even though it has an HDMI CEC capability. The camera user guide warns that this could be the case. So, I have to hold the camera and manually control it when sharing photos and video with the camera connected to the TV. The full HD video is great. No need to carry a separate video camera anymore.
The bottom line -- This is a very capable, very compact camera that takes very good photos and video. I am completely satisfied and would recommend it.