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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Red Digital Camera - 6171B001

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Red Digital Camera - ELPH520HSRED

An Ultra-Slim High Performer. 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. Brimming with a full range of advanced technologies that automatically optimize the image quality of every shot, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera makes the ultimate style icon incredibly effortless.

Features:

  • World's thinnest camera with a 12x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer and 28mm Wide-Angle lens.*
  • Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 10.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with Canon's DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional low-light performance up to ISO 3200.
  • Shoot beautiful 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
  • A 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD enables easy viewing.
  • Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 58 predefined shooting situations, and the new Face ID function adjusts focus and exposure priority based on pre-registered faces.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
  • Improved Movie Digest records a short 720p HD video clip right before shooting a photo and then combines one day's worth of clips into one video.
  • New Smooth Skin and Soft Focus scene modes allow you to capture more pleasing portraits.
  • High-Speed Burst Mode allows continuous shooting (6.8 fps) and Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow playback in slow motion.

Specifications:

Type

  • Compact digital camera with built-in flash, 12x Optical, 4x Digital, and 48x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer

Image Capture Device

  • Type 10.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS
  • Total Pixels Approx. 16.8 Megapixels
  • Effective Pixels Approx. 10.1 Megapixels

Lens

  • Focal Length 4.0 (W) - 48.0mm (T) (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) - 336mm (T))
  • Digital Zoom 4x
  • Focusing Range Auto: 0.4 in. (1cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T) Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T) Macro: 0.4 in. - 1.6 ft. (1-50cm) (W)
  • Autofocus System TTL Autofocus

Viewfinders

  • Optical Viewfinder N/A
  • LCD Monitor 3.0-inch TFT Color with wide-viewing angle
  • LCD Pixels Approx. 461,000 dots
  • LCD Coverage Approx. 100%

Aperture and Shutter

  • Maximum Aperture f/3.4 (W) - f/5.6 (T)
  • Shutter Speed 1-1/4000 sec. 15-1/4000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)

Exposure Control

  • Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
  • Light Metering Method Evaluative*, Center weighted average, Spot** * Facial brightness is evaluated in Face AiAF. ** Fixed to center.
  • Exposure Control Method AE Lock
  • Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments White Balance

White Balance

  • Control Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

Flash

  • Built-in Flash Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
  • Flash Range 1.6 - 8.2 ft. (W), 3.3 - 4.9 ft. (T) (50 cm - 2.5 m (W), 1.0 - 1.5 m (T))
  • Recycling Time 10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.5 V)
  • Flash Exposure Compensation N/A

Shooting Specifications

  • Shooting Modes Auto*1, P, Movie Digest, Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter*2, High-Speed Burst, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie - Shooting movies are possible with the movie button *1 Smart Auto also available for movies *2 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
  • Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color* *Adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available
  • Self Timer Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom* * Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
  • Wireless Control N/A
  • Continuous Shooting [Normal] Approx. 2.8 shots/sec. (in P Mode) Approx. 6.8 shots/sec. (in High-Speed Burst mode) - Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically - Differs according to zoom position

Image Storage

  • Storage Media microSD Memory Card, microSDHC Memory Card, microSDXC Memory Card
  • File Format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
  • Image Recording Format Normal, Fine
  • JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif 2.3 (JPEG) Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio data; Linear PCM (2 channel stereo))
  • Number of Recording Pixels Still Images: [16:9] Large: 3648 x 2048, Medium 1: 2816 x 1584, Medium 2: 1920 x 1080, Small: 640 x 360 [3:2] Large: 3648 x 2432, Medium 1: 2816 x 1880, Medium 2: 1600 x 1064, Small: 640 x 424 [4:3] Large: 3648 x 2736, Medium 1: 2816 x 2112, Medium 2: 1600 x 1200, Small: 640 x 480 [1:1] Large: 2736 x 2736, Medium 1: 2112 x 2112, Medium 2: 1200 x 1200, Small: 480 x 480 Movies: [iFrame Movie] 1280 x 720 (30 fps*1) [Super Slow Motion Movie] 640 x 480*2, 320 x 240*3 [Miniature Effect] 1280 x 720*4, 640 x 480*4 [Other than the above] 1920 x 1080 (24 fps*5), 1280 x 720 (30 fps*1), 640 x 480 (30 fps*1) *1 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps. *2 Shooting: 120 fps., Playback: 30 fps*1 *3 Shooting: 240 fps., Playback: 30 fps*1 *4 Shooting: 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps Playback: 30 fps*1 *5 Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps

Number of Recordable Images

  • Image data
    • 16:9 3:2 4:3 File Size (KB) 4 GB 16 GB File Size (KB) 4 GB 16 GB File Size (KB) 4 GB 16 GB Large (L) SF 3,243 1,171 4,717 3,851 989 3,982 4,332 880 3,546 F 1,920 1,979 7,965 2,280 1,653 6,656 2,565 1,472 5,925 Medium 1(M1) SF 2,026 1,857 7,475 2,405 1,567 6,310 2,720 1,403 5,649 F 1,210 3,095 12,459 1,436 2,624 10,563 1,620 2,321 9,344 Medium 2(M2) SF 1,095 3,353 13,497 899 4,024 16,197 1,002 3,658 14,724 F 604 6,036 24,296 496 7,102 28,583 558 6,354 25,574 Small (S) SF 188 17,249 69,418 221 15,093 60,741 249 13,416 53,992 F 113 24,149 97,186 133 20,124 80,988 150 20,124 80,988 Medium* (M) SF N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A F N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 706 5,030 20,246 1:1 File Size (KB) 4 GB 16 GB Large (L) SF 3,249 1,171 4,717 F 1,924 1,947 7,837 Medium 1(M1) SF 2,026 1,857 7,475 F 1,210 3,095 12,459 Medium 2(M2) SF 760 4,829 19,436 F 420 8,049 32,395 Small (S) SF 188 17,249 69,418 F 113 24,149 97,186 Medium* (M) SF NA NA NA F NA NA NA *When in High-speed Burst or Low Light. *The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.

Time of Recordable Movies

  • Movie data
    • iFrame Movie & Movie Digest Miniature Effect Super Slow Motion Movie HD: 1280 x 720 HD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480 640 x 480 320 x 240 30 fps* 5x 10x 20x 5x 10x 20x 120 fps** 240 fps** 6 fps** 3 fps** 1.5 fps** 6 fps** 3 fps** 1.5 fps** Video Size (KB/sec.,) 4,701 573 287 143 246 123 61 4,914 2,457 8GB 27 min. 39 sec. 3 hr. 35 min. 27 sec. 6 hr. 49 min. 22 sec. 11 hr. 22 min. 17 sec. 7 hr. 34 min. 51 sec. 13 hr. 38 min. 45 sec. 22 hr. 44 min. 36 sec. 26 min. 24 sec. 52 min. 28 sec. 32GB 1 hr. 51 min. 37 sec. 14 hr. 29 min. 36 sec. 27 hr. 32 min. 15 sec. 45 hr. 53 min. 45 sec. 30 hr. 35 min. 50 sec. 55 hr. 4 min. 31 sec. 91 hr. 47 min. 32 sec. 1 hr. 46 min. 35 sec. 3 hr. 31 min. 49 sec. *Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps **Playback frame rate is 30 fps* Other Full HD: 1920 x 1080 HD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480 24 fps 30 fps 30 fps Video Size (KB/sec.,) 4,355 3,054 1,416 8GB 29 min. 39 sec. 42 min. 11 sec. 1 hr. 28 min. 59 sec. 32GB 1 hr. 59 min. 43 sec. 2 hr. 50 min. 19 sec. 5 hr. 59 min. 10 sec. *The approximate recording time on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.

Playback Specifications

  • Playback Modes File
    • - Stills & Videos: Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist) - Still Images: Single, Index (4-100 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning - Videos: Normal Playback*, Slow Motion**, Special Playback, Editing, Resume *Auto settings available in 5 levels ** 5 levels (including normal playback), sound not available.

Erasing Specifications

  • Erase Modes
    • Select image, select range, all images (all filtered images) - The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased). - Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie (1 sec. increments) can be deleted.

Interfaces

  • Video Out NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video) Mini-HDMI connector
  • Audio Out Stereo (dedicated connector (female) unified type of digital, audio, and video)
  • Other Mini-HDMI cable: connection to high definition monitor; miniSD Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-speed cable
  • Power Source 1) Rechargeable lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-9L 2) Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC70
  • Shooting Capacity Approx. 190 shots
  • Playback Time Approx. 4 hours

Physical Specifications

  • Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C
  • Operating Humidity 10-90%

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.50 lbs
  • Shipping: 4 lbs

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Depth: 0.76"
  • Height: 2.12"
  • Width: 3.43"

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts And Labor
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TypePoint And Shoot
Effective Pixels10.1 megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height (inches)2.12"
Width (inches)3.43"
Depth (inches)0.76"
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom4x
Built-In FlashYes
Focal Length 4.0 (W) - 48.0mm (T)
Focus ModesAuto
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)3.0"
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay10/2 seconds
Shutter Speed1-1/4000 sec. 15-1/4000 sec.
Storage MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Power SourceRechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-11L, Compact Power
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
  

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Black Digital Camera
 
3.0

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

58%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Large clear LCD (6)
  • Lightweight/portable (6)
  • Excellent image quality (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Simple controls/menu (4)

Cons

  • Short battery life (5)
  • Poor image quality (4)
  • Poor low-light performance (4)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent Little Camera

    The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is an incredible little camera. I owned one of the first digital elphs and used it for all of my vacations and family functions. Once the wide format...Read complete review

    The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is an incredible little camera. I owned one of the first digital elphs and used it for all of my vacations and family functions. Once the wide format became popular I sold my old digital elph and purchased several other digital cameras all in which I returned or sold because they did not match the quality and style of the digital elph. I just purchased the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS and I am extremely satisfied. The camera is compact which makes an excellent camera for travel. I tested the low light photos and it beats all the competitors. One thing I recommend is to learn how to use all the functions in this camera as this will give you a variety of shooting options and your photos will have better results. One cool design on this camera is that the lens does not stick out very far when using the maximum zoom. Video quality is superb and sharp. I use an external HD light for my low light videos and they come out incredible. So I give the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS an A+.

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    small size, good zoom

    I've been using this camera for about 2 months and am enjoying it more all the time. The image quality isn't as good as I would like, but it's not bad as long as...Read complete review

    I've been using this camera for about 2 months and am enjoying it more all the time. The image quality isn't as good as I would like, but it's not bad as long as there is no camera shake. The color is very good, but the zoom is the best part of this little camera. I take it every where I go because it is so small. I would have liked to have control of the f stops and shutter speed, but that is not an option. I always use the camera on the program setting - not on auto and my photos are good to very good. In this mode I can select the ISO and the color settings. I think that the screen needs to be adjusted on the bright side to avoid over exposure and I always use the exposure trim to help in this regard also . Now that I have used the camera for a while I like it more all the time. It's not the best for capturing super detail, but the pictures are very nice.

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    2.0

    Very Disappointing

    By Sandy

    from Houston, TX

    Pros

    • body style with square edges
    • Bright LCD
    • compact size compared to other elphs

    Cons

    • auto function doesnt work well
    • Missing features/settings
    • Poor image quality
    • poor low-light performance

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Black Digital Camera:

      I bought this camera to replace my old SD300 from 2002, was looking forward to its zoom capability and its small size (it fits nicely in my old leather case). This 520HS camera has been a big disappointment. Its Auto function is constantly struggling to focus and so many of my photos and videos have turned out blurry. It very rarely engages the flash, causing lots of photos in low lighting to come out dark. I've tried taking the same shot with this camera, with my old SD300, and with my sister's 2012 110HS, sadly the shots from this camera consistently come out worst. It's shocking that an 11-year old SD300 does better than this new technology! Another complaint is the controls, which are not quite the same as the other Elphs so there is a bit of a learning curve (not a big deal), but several functions require additional button clicks than on other Elphs (very irritating). On the positive side: the zoom is wonderful, but suffers from the Auto focus problem so it ends up not being very useful after all. I do like the bigger display viewer in the back compared to the tiny one on the old SD300, but it's not much better than the one on the 110HS. I also like the compact feel and square edges of the casing. It's a well made camera but the software/firmware for the Auto function and for flash control needs to be fixed. In summary: skip this product, save your money and buy a 110HS instead or wait till they fix the software/firmware on this model.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Video transfer problem

      By Mr Seveca

      from Undisclosed

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • good low-light performance
      • Simple controls/menu

      Cons

      • Short battery life
      • video transfer issues

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Black Digital Camera:

        A pretty decent camera, especially for the price. I've had it over a year and the main issue I have is that when I try to transfer videos I've taken 1gb or higher, it NEVER works. I can view the film on the camera itself, but can't play it on my computer from the camera or transfer it to the computer. This is very annoying as I've had to delete a number of videos I took and would have liked to keep :/ It's such a weird issue because 1gb or lower video files transfer and play just fine. A firmware update could probably fix this but I know we won't be getting one :/

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        (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Disappointed But Has Potential

        By Henweigh

        from Sacramento, CA

        Pros

        • Bright LCD
        • Durable
        • Excellent Image Quality

        Cons

        • Auto Focus
        • auto macro
        • Complicated controls/menu
        • Difficult to use
        • Poor image quality
        • poor low-light performance
        • Short battery life

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Black Digital Camera:

          I'm a long time Canon camera enthusiast and enjoy both their DSLR cameras and their digital ELPH series for the most part. This camera looks great on paper and has some very impressive specs. However in practice this camera suffers from some bad firmware compared to other cameras I've used. I use this camera a lot at concerts and vacations and the "auto" mode seems to have a difficult time focusing and determining whether to shoot in macro mode or standard. This can become quite annoying when you're trying to take a picture of a mountain and it can't focus because it thinks the mountain is .4 inches away. I've had even worse luck when trying to zoom in and then auto-focus. Sometimes the camera just "gives up" and can't focus on the subject. The same thing happens in movie mode where the camera can lose focus so easily and then the only way to regain focus is to zoom all the way out again and then slowly zoom back in. I believe the hardware is actually really good in this camera because when you get a clear shot the quality is superb (and moderately superb in a concert setting) and I'm pretty sure that the issues could be fixed with a software/firmware update. However unfortunately it doesn't look like Canon will update the firmware any time soon as it's been over a year since we've seen any update. I'd recommend skipping this camera until they've been able to correct for these issues. It's frustrating when the guy taking a picture with his iPhone can get clearer/better pictures than you with a dedicated piece of camera hardware.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A great camera in a small package

          By Nightflyer

          from Lakewood, CO

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Excellent Image Quality
          • lightweight/portable
          • Nice features/settings
          • Simple controls/menu

          Cons

          • Short battery life

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Black Digital Camera:

            This is a great camera in a very small package. I purchased it because of its size and portability. I use it in the intelligent auto mode most of the time and I have been pleased with the results. It has a sophisticated operating system which takes a little study at first. I like the menus as they are similar to other Canon cameras that I own. I have the instruction book on my smart phone and on my tablet for ease of reference. It is a good camera for social and family events. I use the tracking auto focus. The switch buttons are small for large fingers.

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            (86 of 88 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Little Camera

            By Jr

            from Naples, Florida

            Pros

            • Excellent Travel Camera
            • Superior build quality
            • Super-sharp images

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Black Digital Camera:

                The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is an incredible little camera. I owned one of the first digital elphs and used it for all of my vacations and family functions. Once the wide format became popular I sold my old digital elph and purchased several other digital cameras all in which I returned or sold because they did not match the quality and style of the digital elph. I just purchased the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS and I am extremely satisfied. The camera is compact which makes an excellent camera for travel. I tested the low light photos and it beats all the competitors. One thing I recommend is to learn how to use all the functions in this camera as this will give you a variety of shooting options and your photos will have better results. One cool design on this camera is that the lens does not stick out very far when using the maximum zoom. Video quality is superb and sharp. I use an external HD light for my low light videos and they come out incredible. So I give the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS an A+.

                Comment on this review

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Excellent Pocket Camera

                By Tomah Cheesehead

                from Wisconsin, Arizona

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to use
                • Excellent Image Quality
                • good low-light performance
                • lightweight/portable
                • Nice features/settings

                Cons

                • Short battery life

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Black Digital Camera:

                  After my wife lost our SD1200, I purchased this ELPH 520 for both of us. She uses it on auto because of the simplicity. I use it on program for the features, including selecting spot focus, fill flash, telephoto stabilization, and "tricking it" to use a wide aperture for narrow depth of field. My wife expected a "touch screen," which it does NOT have.. We are both pleased with the quality of photos. However, there are two things I do not like. The battery is more bulky and takes fewer shots than the NB-6L in the SD1200. And my SDHC memory cards to not fit this camera. There is no viewfinder when bright sunlight obscures the LCD. Altho functions are similar to the SD1200, instructions for more advanced features and for decreasing battery drain could be more clear.

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Totally satisfied

                  By HamNut

                  from Texas

                  Pros

                  • Bright LCD
                  • Easy to use
                  • Excellent Image Quality
                  • lightweight/portable
                  • Simple controls/menu

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Black Digital Camera:

                      Great Camera for the money. It doesn't have a touch screen as someone else said. The controls are intuitive and the instruction manual's overview is quite adequate to get you going. This is not meant to replace your Rebel. Its a shirt pocket camera with great Macro picture capabilities and very good standard or Hi-Res pictures. This camera runs circles around my other waterproof camera and is now my primary carry. Yes you can see fingerprint smudges on the main screen but that doesn't impact taking a picture. IMO overall I don't think you can go wrong and I have had no issues with this model.

                      Comment on this review

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      It's Not The Product: It's The Instructions!

                      By Shutterbug

                      from Florida

                      Pros

                      • Bright LCD
                      • Excellent Image Quality
                      • Good battery life
                      • lightweight/portable

                      Cons

                      • Complicated controls/menu
                      • Difficult to use

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Black Digital Camera:

                        Great camera and great upgrade to my previous Canon "Point and Shoot". Drawback is confused and non-explicit operating (and feature) instructions ANYWHERE: on installation disk, in Manual - or camera itself that I can see. Much fumbling and trial-and-error for something that ought to be simple, crystal clear first time around!

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                        (75 of 81 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        small size, good zoom

                        By grr

                        from Willmar, MN

                        Pros

                        • Superior build quality

                        Cons

                        • Semi-sharp images

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Black Digital Camera:

                          I've been using this camera for about 2 months and am enjoying it more all the time. The image quality isn't as good as I would like, but it's not bad as long as there is no camera shake. The color is very good, but the zoom is the best part of this little camera. I take it every where I go because it is so small. I would have liked to have control of the f stops and shutter speed, but that is not an option. I always use the camera on the program setting - not on auto and my photos are good to very good. In this mode I can select the ISO and the color settings. I think that the screen needs to be adjusted on the bright side to avoid over exposure and I always use the exposure trim to help in this regard also . Now that I have used the camera for a while I like it more all the time. It's not the best for capturing super detail, but the pictures are very nice.

                          Comment on this review

                          (18 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Very Disappointing

                          By Mark W.

                          from Tulsa, OK

                          Pros

                          • lightweight/portable

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy construction
                          • Missing features/settings
                          • Poor image quality
                          • poor low-light performance

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                            Comments about Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Black Digital Camera:

                            Really looking forward to a small size camera with big zoom to replace my sx230. This camera is not good. It rarely fires the flash inside on shots that i know my other canon cameras would. There's no setting to make it fire flash every time. Most of my pictures of pets or kids inside come out all blurry. The shutter lag is the worst I've seen on a canon since 2001. From the time I push the button to the time it finally takes the picture (no flash) it's not only blurry, but the kids stop smiling or the dog moved so it's not the shot I wanted. I've only had it a week and i've missed so many cute shots that come out all blurry it makes me want to throw it against the wall! Not super zoom, just regular living room 5 -10 ft away shots - blurry. Outside shots come out all right - not spectacular or even very sharp, just ok. The camera has a cheap, flimsy feel to it and the black paint shows fingerprints like crazy. I'm disappointed in the micro sd card and another funky battery size. The touch screen is not good at all. It doesn't pick up my finger most times. I still don't know if the gps works or not - I couldn't get the menu to go where i wanted with the crummy touchscreen. Please, Canon - give us some buttons or make the screen at least as good as a cellphone. I'm not even going to buy a big micro sd card for this - I will stick with my good old sd780 or sx230 and take pictures I will want to look at again.

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                            Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Red Digital Camera

                            Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10 Megapixel Red Digital Camera

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