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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full HD Video Recording (Red)
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- 10.1 effective megapixel, 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity CMOS sensor
- 3-inch TFT PureColor system LCD with wide-viewing angle
- DIGIC 5 Image Processor
- Full 1080p HD video with stereo sound and dedicated movie button
- 28mm wide-angle lens (12x optical zoom, approx. 4x digital zoom and 48x combined zoom) with optical image stabilizer
- World's thinnest camera with a 12x Optical Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
- Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 10.1 MP CMOS Sensor with DIGIC 5 Image Processor (up to 3200 ISO)
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The Canon 6171B001 PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10.1MP Ultra-Thin Compact Digital Camera, in red, is a mere 0.76 inches thick and the world's thinnest 12x zoom camera. Canon's pursuit of perfection has driven the development of miniaturization including a lens and 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that, powered by Canon's DIGIC 5 Image Processor, create images as breathtakingly beautiful as the camera itself. The camera's 12x Optical Zoom and 28mm Wide-Angle Lens is a marvel of optical technology. The Wide-Angle lens gives you more to work with in every shot, adding depth, perspective and grandeur as called for. The camera's sensor was specifically designed for this lens, so even at the long end of the zoom images are bright and clear. It is also packed with the technologies including Smart AUTO with Face ID and Full HD Video. Brimming with a full range of advanced technologies the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera makes the ultimate style icon incredibly effortless.
From the Manufacturer
In the twelve years since the original ELPH was instantly and universally proclaimed an icon of style, successive ELPH cameras have remained at the forefront of design even while boasting the very latest in digital technology. Now, opening a new era of ELPH design, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera is both homage to the original ELPH and astonishing synthesis of Canon’s leadership in technical advancements. A mere 0.76 inches thick, it is the world’s thinnest 12x zoom camera. Canon’s pursuit of perfection has driven the development of new miniaturization including a new lens and new 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that, powered by Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor, create images as breathtakingly beautiful as the camera itself. It’s also packed with the latest Canon technologies including Smart AUTO with new Face ID and Full HD Video.
Spectacular Lens Power, Amazingly Compact Body
Incredibly Thin Design
Canon’s unwavering commitment to equipping an ultra-thin, clean-profiled ELPH with 12x zooming power required a redesign of the lens, sensor and other technologies. This pursuit of perfection paid off, creating the world’s thinnest camera* with a 12x zoom. At an astonishingly thin 0.76 inches, it is significantly slimmer than competitors’ 12x zoom models.
12x Optical Zoom and 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
Newly designed to custom-fit the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera’s incredibly thin profile, the camera’s 12x Optical Zoom and 28mm Wide-Angle Lens is a marvel of optical technology. The Wide-Angle lens gives you more to work with in every shot, adding depth, perspective and grandeur as called for. Landscapes, city scenes, family shots and more all benefit from the extra width. With a 12x Optical Zoom, no shot is beyond your reach. You’ll love the flexibility it gives you when shooting: from a single vantage point you can capture an unlimited number of different images simply by zooming in and out. It also incorporates the latest in Canon lens technology, suppressing lens aberration for outstanding image quality throughout the entire zoom range. The camera’s sensor was specifically designed for this lens, so even at the long end of the zoom images are bright and clear.
UA Lens Technology
Pioneered by Canon, UA Lens technology makes possible compact lenses with remarkable optical performance. By using molded glass with an ultra-high refractive index in aspherical lens elements, Canon has succeeded in reducing lens size while significantly reducing image aberrations. Another stellar example of cutting-edge Canon optics, UA Lens technology helps make PowerShot digital cameras pocket-friendly and capable of astounding image quality.
Canon HS SYSTEM
The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations. Beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The system is the result of two technologies brought together in PowerShot cameras: a high-sensitivity imaging sensor, which is able to capture more light; and the DIGIC 5 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise with high-speed image processing. The 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor in the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera incorporates advanced light reception technology that enhances sensitivity. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor provides a major boost in noise reduction, expanding the usable ISO range to an amazing high of ISO 3200. The Canon HS SYSTEM takes the frustration out of low-light shooting, delivering clear, blur-free images.
In addition to the Canon HS SYSTEM, the combination of the advanced CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor in the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS makes it possible to shoot crisp, clear high definition video. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot spectacular 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound that you can later watch on your HDTV or download to your computer to share with family and friends. In addition to being able to shoot Full HD 1080p video at 24* frames per second, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS can also shoot 720p HD video at 30** frames per second.
* Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.
**Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
Dedicated Movie Button, Wind filter feature and Optical Zoom for easy video capture
It’s never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. There is no need to go through layers of menus or operate switches or dials to switch to and from video recording mode. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want. The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. And unlike less sophisticated point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS lets you use the full range of optical zoom when you’re shooting a video.
HDTV Playback via HDMI with CEC Support
It’s easy to enjoy and share the videos you shoot with the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera. Simply connect its HDMI terminal to your HDTV using an HDMI cable. And because the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS supports HDMI-CEC technology, you’ll be able to control the playback of your images and videos on any CEC-enabled HDTV using the TV’s remote control. (CEC – Consumer Electronic Control – is part of the HDMI specification, enabling components in a system to communicate with one another.)
iFrame Movie Support
With the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, you can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions.
PureColor System LCD
The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera’s large and bright 3.0-inch PureColor LCD screen makes it easy to view and frame your shots in high resolution (461,000 dots). Many LCD screens on the market today use a striped arrangement of dots that works great for text and menus, but is not ideal for imagery. The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera’s PureColor System LCD uses a delta arrangement of dots, an arrangement that works better for the organic nature of photos and videos, allowing you to review your images with exceptional clarity with rich, true-to-life color. Moreover, you can view the LCD screen over a surprisingly wide angle – above, below or to either side – without color shifts and with minimal reflections.
Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.
Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
|Smart AUTO||The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.|
|Program||Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.|
|Movie Digest||Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day’s worth of clips into a video.|
|Stitch Assist||Easy-to-use guidelines simplify the shooting of aligned multiple frames that can later be combined (using bundled software) to create panoramic photos.|
|Low Light ||For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations. |
|Portrait||The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”|
|Smart Shutter||The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.|
|High-Speed Burst ||Captures rapid action frame by frame, by shooting continuously at a high speed while the shutter button is held down. |
|Handheld Night Scene||Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.|
|Super Vivid ||Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors. |
|Color Accent||Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.|
|Color Swap||Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.|
|Underwater||Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. Optional Underwater Case required.|
|Custom||Define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer. |
|Snow||Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.|
|Fireworks||Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.|
|Long Shutter ||Use to blur moving subjects for artistic effect, ideal for urban night photography. |
|Fisheye Effect||Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.|
|Miniature Effect ||Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image. |
|Toy Camera Effect||Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.|
|Monochrome||Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.|
|Poster Effect||Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.|
|iFrame Movie||The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.|
|Super Slow Motion Movie||Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion. |
|Smooth Skin ||Removes dullness, wrinkles, and harsh shadows for beautiful faces. |
|Soft Fucus ||Creates a hazy ambiance that’s perfect for portraits and wedding photos. |
What's in The Box?
- PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Body)
- Wrist Strap WS-DC11
- Battery Pack NB-9L
- Battery Charger CB-2LB
- Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- Solution Disk V110
- Getting Started Guide
- Customer Support/Online Registration Leaflet
- Printer Promotion Flyer
- Warranty Card
- Promotional Tag
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The IS seems to work quite well.
The zoom is fantastic for a camera of this size.
The lens is not "flat"...you can achieve quite nice bokeh for a point and shoot.
It has user defined white balance, which I believe is one of the most important features to getting good photos.
The super slow motion is cool, but kind of a gimmick. I got some great video of hummingbirds around the feeder, but it is low resolution.
There is no printed manual, just a PDF file on the included CD ROM.
Flash is unobtrusive, but semi-weak.
Overall, I'm quite happy with my purchase. I think you'll get way better pictures than most point-and-shoots if you switch to the "Program" mode. Your best camera is the one that you actually use to take pictures. The availability of an inexpensive Ikelite underwater housing and the camera's ability to take HD video mean that the Canon Elph 520 HS is going on vacation with us, while the Canon DSLR is sitting at home. My Canon A620 took fantastic underwater video and stills, but alas, after many scuba trips and several dozens of hours underwater (and many years) it doesn't like humidity any more.
I'd give this 5 stars based on what it is and what it's intended to be used for, but in the end I rated it 4 stars because it is a bit noisy in "auto" mode. I'll update this review after we get back from vacation where I'll really get to test the underwater mode and low light performance of stills and video.
Update June 10th -The more I shoot with this camera the more I like it. It is able to capture fantastic images in natural lighting with true to life colors. The myriad of scene modes makes getting the right shot on the first try very easy. I really wouldn't call this a point and shoot...the images in auto mode are good, but when you switch into scene mode you can get fantastic images if you select the appropriate scene. I'm upping my rating to 5 stars.
Now, why are there some negative reviews for this camera slamming it for image quality?
Out of the box, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is not configured at its highest-possible resolution. I don't know whether to blame lazy owners who don't take the time to go through the manual, novice owners who just don't understand, or Canon for making a bad decision for not making the default the highest resolution and for including the owner's manual on a CD where most people will never see it.
So, here's what you do:
Go into the camera's menu. Look for Image Quality and change the resolution from Fine to Super Fine.
Now you own a tiny camera that takes great photos that Amazon sells for the same price brand new as Canon sells for a refurb. New, Canon sells this camera for over $130 more than Amazon.
People who complain that image quality suffers in low light at high ISOs, I have news for you: Expensive digital cameras that cost $500 and up have the same problem. You could get a Sony DSC-RX100 II for over $700, which does really well in low light, but this camera is aimed at a different user base.
Looking at images at 100 percent magnification, I did notice noise. But for most people, this isn't going to be an issue. Keep in mind this is an inexpensive consumer camera, not a professional grade camera, and not a prosumer grade camera. If you are a professional photographer looking to make giant prints, you aren't using this Elph. This is a camera to keep in your pocket or purse, meant to take photos of your friends and family.
If you are looking for a little point and shoot camera that takes great photos, is easy enough for just about anyone to use, and that sells at a price that won't break the bank, this is the camera for you.