Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Brief Review


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  • 10.1 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 12x zoom with 28mm wide-angle
  • 3-inch LCD screen
  • Full 1080p HD Video at 24fps in Stereo Sound
  • HDMI Output for HDTV viewing
  • Lithium-ion Battery
  • Release Date: 2012-01-09
  • Final Grade: 75 3.75 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS
10.1 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor; 12x zoom with 28mm wide-angle; 3-inch LCD screen; Full 1080p HD Video at 24fps in Stereo Sound; HDMI Output for HDTV viewing; Lithium-ion Battery
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS.

The 520 HS sports an impressive 12x zoom in a very small package, yet we think they cut too many corners to get there. The 520 HS's 10 megapixel sensor is tiny, about the same size as the little chips put into cellphones. The zoom range is also slower than its predecessor and the battery is completely inadequate, lasting under 200 photos. Canon has already announced a replacement to the 520, the 530 with a touchscreen and normal 1/2.3" sensor, so jump on that or the 510 HS before this one.

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Canon Reviews

Top quality optics, dependability, and convenience of use are just some of the reasons that customers choose Canon digital cameras. One of the top makers of digital cameras in the world today, Canon has attained a reputation for creating some of the best digital cameras and digital SLRs available on the market. Canon cameras are inevitably on the camera wish list of any consumer that desires a high quality camera.

Canon is not generally a cheap brand by any means. In spite of this, Canon digital cameras have achieved the best buy status. This proves that you get great value for the extra money. In the past few years, Canon has begun releasing several types that are more inexpensive, without cutting quality.

Canon cameras come in two main types—the smallest is the Powershot line, compact, point-and-shoot cameras that still maintain a reasonable level of image quality. Canon Powershot cameras range from budget point-and-shoots like the ELPH 115 to an advanced compact with a 1.5” sensor, the G1X Mark II. Typically, if you are going to buy a point-and-shoot on nothing but the reputation of the brand, Canon is a pretty safe bet.

The second type of Canon camera is the EOS line—the DSLRs. The EOS line has a solid reputation as well for performance across the board, including video. Canon has a wide range of options available too, from top of the line full frame professional models to small, entry-level DSLRs.

While other manufacturers are concentrating on mirrorless models and packing more power into smaller cameras, Canon doesn't seem to be following that trend exactly. They've released some smaller DSLRs like the SL1, but haven't been putting time into mirrorless models. Whether this is good or bad is a matter of personal opinion, but the models that are out there are, more often than not, solid performers.

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