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Canon 10 Megapixels PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Review by ePhotoZine

2012-03-01 02:29 | Source
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On January 9 2012, Canon announced the 10 Megapixels Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS (aka IXUS 500 HS) and the 16 Megapixels PowerShot ELPH 110 HS (aka IXUS 125). The ELPH 520 HS is a metal-bodied ultra-compact camera with 12x optical zoom, while the ELPH 110 HS is a similarly slim camera with a wide, 24-120mm equivalent lens. Both cameras feature the Advanced Smart Auto mode that can recognise up to 58 different scenes and shooting situations, a Full HD movie mode and high-speed shooting. This technology has been enhanced to include a new Face ID feature, allowing users to register up to 12 people on the camera and have the camera recognize and prioritize each person. Further additions to this new feature are Smile Recognition and Sleeping Face Recognition. With Smile Recognition, the camera will take three consecutive shots of a scene and select the best out of the three for the final image. For Sleeping Face Recognition the flash, assist beam and sound is turned off.

Other highlights include a 3.0-inch, 460,000 dots LCD screen, a Super Slow Motion Movie mode, an improved Movie Digest mode, ISO range of up to 3200, Full HD 1080p video capture capabilities and High-Speed Burst mode where images are continuously captured at 6.8 frames per second (or 5.8 frames per second on the 110 HS model). The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS camera is available in black, silver, red and blue with an estimated selling price of $299.99. Here's the summary of review by ePhotoZine, giving the camera a rating of 4 out of 5:

"The images produced by the IXUS 500 HS have excellent colour reproduction and are well exposed. Detail is OK throughout the images whether shooting wide or with the full optical zoom, with some purple fringing evident on occasion. The lens has a minimum focus distance of just 1cm in macro mode and this allows for impressive close-up images. There isn't any noise at ISO 100 and when you go through ISO 200 and ISO 400 there is only a very small increase in noise levels with sharp images produced. At ISO 800 there is enough noise to cause the images to lose a touch of sharpness. Noise then becomes significant to enough to effect image quality at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200, but noise doesn't effect the quality of the colours in the images, making these higher ISO settings usable for images which are to be resized for use on the web. Landscape mode does an excellent job of creating images with great blues and greens. Portrait mode takes images with pleasant skin tones, but there is some red-eye evident. Further portrait modes include Smooth Skin and Smart Shutter, which uses face detection to take pictures automatically. High-speed burst has been used to capture the water droplets flowing from the fountain. The auto white-balance copes perfectly well in most lighting conditions. Under our incandescent studio lights the AWB setting gave an orange cast to the image, with the incandescent preset giving a better looking image. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB performs well, with the fluorescent preset giving a very slight cast in the image.

The Canon IXUS 500 HS is currently available for £309.00. Other compacts with a similar zoom range and megapixels are the Canon IXUS 1000 HS (10x zoom at £249.00), Canon IXUS 510 HS (12x zoom at £349.00 and Ricoh CX6 (10.7x zoom at £259.00). There are many cameras available with similar zoom and more megapixels, such as the Canon Powershot SX150 at £164.00, Olympus SH-21 at £184.00, Nikon Coolpix S8200 at £199.95 and Canon IXUS 1100 HS at £304.00. The Canon IXUS 500 HS is ideal for those who want an extremely small camera but want more zoom than you typically find on such cameras. The downside to the tiny body are the small buttons and fairly low battery life. There is also full 1080p HD video recording. The IXUS 500 HS takes images with excellent colour reproduction and detail is OK, meaning it will appeal to those who like to share images on the web rather than produce large prints."

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Camera Reviews Roundup

Camera Labs - Aug 21 2012
"The ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS is one of the most compact pocket-zooms on the market. While it lacks the reach of models like the Sony HX20V and Panasonic ZS15 / TZ25, it's much smaller and lighter. The ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS is fitted with a 16.8 Megapixel sensor, but only uses the centre 10.1 Megapixel portion of it. This has some implications for image..." More »
82out of 100
Imaging Resource - Aug 16 2012
"I did all of my shooting with the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS at maximum resolution (3,648 x 2,736 pixels; there is no raw capability). Videos were shot in MOV format, also at best compression (1,920 x 1,080 at 24fps). Everything was recorded on an 8GB Class 6 microSDHC card. I used the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS for a good period, shooting flowers, Manhat..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Review - May 15 2012
"The ELPH 520 HS shoots nice looking movies in its highest resolution movie mode, 1920 x 1080 resolution at 24 frames per second, with good color and stereo sound. Optical zoom can be used, which will occasionally cause the camera to momentarily lose focus.   There are also additional movie options including miniature effect, in which the subjects look..." More »
70out of 100
Steve's Digicam - May 15 2012
"In our minds, the most impressive feature on the 520 HS is the 12x optical zoom lens. Canon claims this is the World's thinnest camera with a 12x optical zoom, with their own proprietary UA lens technology helping them accomplish this feat. UA technology combines molded glass elements with ultra-high refractive elements, which allows for a much more compact..." More »
Not Rated

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