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Canon Powershot A520 4MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (OLD MODEL)
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- 4.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 11 x 15-inch prints
- 4x optical zoom, 9-point AiAF, 13 shooting modes
- Large 1.8-inch display; D!GIC Image Processor for faster speed and vibrant colors
- Print/Share button for easy direct printing and downloads, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with Canon CP printers
- Stores images on SD or MultiMedia Cards (MMC); powered by 2 AA batteries
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.9 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||115,000|
|Display Size||1.8 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||50|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/MMC card|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||AiAF TTL 9-point|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.52 x 1.5 x 3.58 inches|
|Item Weight||0.51 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.6 - F5.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||140 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,272|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||3.9 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||AA (2) batteries (NiMH recommended)|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 30 secs, 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 3 mins|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||1.8 in||2.7 in||3 in||7.6 in||3 in||2.5 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.5 x 3.58 x 2.52 in||2.13 x 1.97 x 0.87 in||0.88 x 3.93 x 2.27 in||4.37 x 3.28 x 3 in||5.5 x 6.3 x 2.2 in||1.85 x 4.29 x 2.8 in|
|Item Weight||0.51 lb||4.48 ounces||5.12 ounces||0.97 lb||1.1 lbs||0.7 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||3.9 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||16 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||8 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 30 secs, 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 3 mins||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1280 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1080p||1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels||640 x 480 @ 30 fps, 320 x 240 @ 30 fps, 160 x 120 @ 15 fps|
|Viewfinder||Optical||None||None||fixed LCD||fixed LCD||None|
MD) CL) CANON POWERSHOT A520 DIG Cam
From the Manufacturer
Canon's new compact 4.0-megapixel PowerShot A520 digital camera with a powerful 4x optical zoom provides you with a comfortable introduction to the fun and freedom of digital photography.
Named for their use of AA batteries, Canon's A-series digital cameras offer easy-to-use, high quality features to consumers looking to capture, save, and share meaningful memories, personal milestones and family functions.
The next generation PowerShot A520 digital camera is 13 percent smaller and 10 percent lighter than its predecessor, yet it is equipped with a longer 4.0x 35-140mm (35mm format equivalent) optical zoom lens with Canon optics for sharp images. The new lens features all-glass construction and two aspherical elements in a seven-element formula.
In order to make the camera smaller, Canon engineered the new PowerShot A520 model to accept SD media. Even with its small size, the camera sports a large 1.8-inch LCD screen for easy preview and review. It also includes Canon's exclusive DIGIC image processor for faster processing speed and excellent image quality with crisp, vibrant colors.
The PowerShot A520 digital camera requires only two AA batteries, while providing the same number of shots (300 with LCD screen on) as previous models that used four batteries, thanks to reductions in power consumption made possible by improvements in key components and circuit design.
Like its A75 predecessor, the PowerShot A520 digital camera is equipped with a nine-point AiAF "smart" autofocus system and 13 shooting modes. The standard shooting modes are Full Auto, Program, Manual, Shutter-priority, and Aperture-priority with additional modes including Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Fast Shutter, Slow Shutter, Special Scene, Stitch Assist, and Movie. The Special Scene mode, which makes it easy for beginners to achieve optimum results in many popular photo opportunities, has been enhanced with the addition of two new settings called Night Snapshot and Kids and Pets. The PowerShot A520 digital camera is also capable of recording movies with sound for up to three minutes per clip, making it perfect for capturing memories in motion.
The new camera's grip is ergonomically improved, and the control layout is even easier to use than before. Other camera functions including self-timer and review have also been enhanced for greater creative flexibility.
The DIGIC Difference
Image quality is enhanced and improved as a result of Canon's proprietary DIGIC (Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit) image processor. DIGIC combines the roles of image processing and camera function control into one chip, resulting in faster display and write times for each image and lower power consumption, which extends battery life. Moreover, because DIGIC technology was designed specifically for use in digital cameras it is also capable of handling JPEG compression and expansion, memory card control, LCD/video control and processing gain control (control of CCD signal amplification), autoexposure, autofocus, auto white balance control, and most other functions.
Located on the backside of the PowerShot A520 digital camera is the Print/Share button. This button simplifies and accelerates direct printing to compatible Canon and PictBridge-enabled printers and one-touch image transfer to Windows XP, Me, 2000, and 98 computers for use with image processing programs, uploading to the Internet, or as e-mail attachments. When the camera is connected to a compatible printer or computer, the Print/Share button illuminates to let the user know to press the Print/Share button to begin the printing or downloading process.
In addition to its rich feature set, the PowerShot A520 digital camera is compatible with a wide variety of optional accessories including supplementary wide-angle (WC-DC52), telephoto (TC-DC52A) and close-up lenses (52mm Close-up Lens 250D). These accessories enhance the new camera's versatility and make it easier to use in specialized applications such as real estate and insurance photography. A waterproof case WP-DC60 is also available and can be used at depths up to 130 feet. The combination of the A520 digital camera with the WP-DC60 housing is great for family vacations at the beach, while skiing, or simply to protect the camera from the elements.
What's in the Box:
The PowerShot A520 digital camera kit includes interface cable IFC-400PCU, AV cable AVC-DC300, wrist strap WS-200, SD MultiMediaCard MMC-16M and two AA-size alkaline batteries as well as Canon Digital Camera Solution Disc Version 22, featuring the latest versions of Canons powerful software and ArcSoft PhotoStudio.
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Some people call this the Canon "economic" series. I think that is true if you compare them to the Digital Elph series, and this is mostly because of the use of plastic cases and several plastic parts instead of metal. Like one reviewer stated, the tripod mount is made out of plastic, and yes, I don't understand why it is in the corner. If your tripod is very light and the tripod head is small, it might cause the camera to tilt to the side and find it difficult to make it sit straight. To me this is a major flaw which I noticed at once at the moment of using a tripod, which I do often. You have to be real careful when you screw it on and off the tripod, frequent use might wear the plastic screw receiver.
You also have to be careful when you pull up the rubber strip that covers the inputs and outputs to transfer your pictures to your computer or view them on your TV screen. If you pull it too far back, this may cause the little rubber hinge that attaches it to the camera to break, with which you will loose this cover forever and beyond repair. I have seen this system before on several cameras and camcorders of different brand names and I think it is too fragile and should be changed.
This are maybe the main reasons I did'nt give it five stars, because otherwise, I am very much pleased with mine. I got it about four months ago and I have enjoyed it thoroughly. I had a Nikon 3100 for two years before the Canon, and I liked it a lot, but I must say this is a better camera overall.
The fact that it has a Digic processor instead of a Digic2, like more expensive models, is true; but hardly noticeable by most users, given the excellent picture quality that it delivers.
The 1,8 inch display has a very nice size and is very clear under most light conditions. It does'nt scratch easily, which did happen with the Nikon 3100 (read my review on this).
Battery life is great. Last weekend I took more than 200 pictures in the M1 setting which is 1600x1200 quality, the second larger available (it fills your computer screen), on a single pair of AA rechargeables, and they are still going.
I very much recomend the wide angle snap-on lens that you can get from Amazon at... 20 bucks!! It makes a world of difference when you are shooting landscapes or... whatever!! Besides a memory card (I use a 256MB and it stores hundreds of pictures), a carrying case (it does protect your camera), and a battery charger (it WILL save you a lot of money), this is definitely the best accessory you can buy.
The camera has a huge menu of manual settings, effects, scene modes and more that, I must admit, I haven'nt figured out or used totally yet. But, does anybody ever?
I did a lot of online and offline research before I decided myself on buying this one and I am very happy that I did. You won't find a better camera for this price. Trust me.
The Axxx series is the successor to the excellent Axx series, with a few very useful upgrades, such as the switch from 4AA to 2AA batteries (with no decrease in camera life!), and the 4x optical zoom.
A510 vs A520 vs SDxxx
First off, the A510 and A520 are identical except for the 3.2 megapixel sensor in the A510 and 4mp on the A520. Today, megapixel ratings are similar to Ghz ratings in the computer world: They used to mean a lot, but with today's cameras, it doesn't mean that much anymore. More megapixels do NOT mean a better image. They mean a larger printable image. In this case, the A510 has a maximum resolution of 2048x1536 pixels, or an 8.5x11 picture. The A520 has a max resolution of 2272x1704 pixels, or a picture slightly larger than 8.5x11.
Unless you need a slightly bigger picture, the A510 is a better buy.
When it comes to the Axxx or an SDxxx, it depends on what you need. The Axxx series will give you a better picture quality, manual controls, and standard AA batteries which actually last twice as long as the SDxxx series' proprietary batteries. The SDxxx series will give you better movies, the new Dig!c 2 processor, and a compact, cool looking camera, at a higher cost and with a very fragile exposed LCD screen.
-Beautiful image quality, better than any other camera at this price range (no purple fringing like on the SDxxx)
-4x optical zoom! It's very hard to find another camera in this class. This alone makes the camera superior to most of the competition
-Excellent, intuitive manual controls
-Easy to hold naturally - no fingers in the way of the lens
-Beautiful 1.8 inch lcd that looks great under various lighting conditions
-The lcd is protected by a plastic layer, unlike the exposed and easily broken SDxxx lcds.
-Uses AA batteries, which are cheap and easy to find instead of expensive proprietary batteries
-Uses widely available and cheap SD or MMC cards (SD are faster)
Cons (most of these are minor quirks):
-Movie mode isn't as good as the SDxxx series
-Only USB 1.1 transfer speed (SDxxx have usb 2.0)
-Uses the still good, but outdated Dig!c processor, instead of the Dig!c 2 in the SDxxx series and some newer Canons
-A historical problem for Canons still shows in this camera in the flimsy battery/Memory card covers
If you do choose this product, the first thing you should buy is a larger SD memory card. The camera comes with a 16mb MMC card, which is pretty much useless. MMC cards are slower than SD, and 16mb will fill up very quickly.
You should also consider a case, such as the very affordable and custom fit PC-65.
Also, as with any camera, rechargeable NIMH batteries are a must. You don't need to pay for the expensive Canon set however, similar offerings from Energizer, Rayovac, etc. will work fine.
Still....this is one of my best buys for myself!
This camera is still good but now I have a bit of criticism. The biggest is the response time when I push the button to take a picture. I push it....wait for it...wait for it...yeah...that's what I mean. It is far too slow before the picture actually is taken. I take pictures of my dogs and you know how fast they move. Action photos...might be a little too late!
Could be time to see about an upgrade for myself?