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Canon 10 Megapixels PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Review by PB

2012-02-23 02:00 | 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 PhotographyBLOG, giving the camera a rating of 4 out of 5:

"The Canon IXUS 500 HS is a good attempt to marry the classic styling of the IXUS range with a big zoom lens, but the tiny controls, poor battery life, so-so image quality at high ISO speeds and the eye-watering price-tag detract somewhat from its overall appeal. The IXUS 500 HS' 12x zoom lens proves to be a real boon to your creativity, especially given the camera's diminutive size and weight, providing enough width for landscape and group shots and more than enough reach to take close-up action shots, despite being able to easily fit inside a trouser or even shirt pocket. Maximum apertures of f/3.4 and f/5.6 are nothing to write home about, but we can excuse them on what is after all a consumer-oriented camera. The IXUS 500 HS doesn't quite deliver all the goods in terms of image quality. Disappointingly noise starts to rear its ugly head at the rather slow speed of ISO 400, on a par with other similarly priced compacts, although chromatic aberrations are commendably well controlled. Full 1080p HD movies complete with stereo sound and (rather slow) use of the 12x zoom are also very welcome. Casual users are more than catered for by the wealth of hand-holding technologies on offer, but the IXUS 500 HS' lack of external controls does mean that some things are more difficult to access than they really should be. An over-reliance on the Function and Main menus slows down the camera's operation, something that beginners' won't mind so much, but which will particularly irk more serious snappers. Nobody will like the short 190-shot battery life, with two batteries required for more than half a day's shooting.

The IXUS 500 HS doesn't really live up to the High Speed part of its name. While 2.8fps at full resolution is perfectly acceptable, there are some Sony models that can shoot at 10fps at full resolution, which rather dwarves the IXUS 500's headline speed of 6.8fps at a paltry 2.5 megapixels. Likewise 240fps movies played back at 30fps are a novel feature, but they're very low resolution and the specification is again bettered by several Casio models. The final problem for the Canon IXUS 500 HS is that £309 / $299 price-tag. A little more money in the UK and Europe will buy you the PowerShot S100, PowerShot G12 or even an entry-level DSLR like the EOS 1000D, while a little less gives you the choice of several better-specced rival models. In summary the IXUS 500 HS combines a stylish, almost retro look with more up-to-date features and an appealingly long lens, but there are still a few too many negatives that hold back Canon's latest super-compact super-zoom from true greatness."

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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