Canon Powershot A520 Review
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Like its 3-megapixel little brother, the PowerShot A510, the PowerShot A520 is 13 percent smaller and 10 percent lighter than previous A-Series models, and is equipped with a longer 4.0x 35-140mm (35mm format equivalent) Canon optical zoom lens for sharp images. Even with its small size, the A520 and A510 sport a large 1.8-inch LCD screen for easy preview and review. It also includes Canon's exclusive DIGIC image processor for fast processing speed, excellent image quality, and crisp, vibrant colors. The 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.
The PowerShot A520 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 modes, which helps make 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 & Pets. The PowerShot A520 is also capable of recording movies with sound for up to three minutes per clip, making it perfect for capturing memories in motion.
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); Auto Exposure; Auto Focus; Auto White Balance control and most other functions.
The PowerShot A520 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. An
underwater housing, WP-DC60, is also available and can be used at depths up to 130 feet.
The WP-DC60 housing is great for
vacations at the beach, while skiing, or simply to help protect the camera from
When you need more flash output power you can attach the optional High-Power Flash HF-DC1
which operates without need of a connecting cord.
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The Powershot A520 and the 3-megapixel Powershot A510.
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