Features & Controls
Like most all of Canon's PowerShot models, the ELPH 510 HS incorporates their Optical Image Stabilization system to further enhance the 510's low-light and blur fighting abilities, using a true optical system built into the lens itself. It uses Lens-shift technology, verses the digital or sensor-shift IS techniques used on other cameras.
The 510 uses a Contrast Detection, TTL (through the lens) autofocus system, which is comprised of 9 AF points across the frame. You can choose from the focus range (Normal, Macro, and Infinity), AF Frame (Face Detect or Fixed Frame), the AF Frame Size (Normal or Small), as well as turn Servo and Continuous AF on and Off. The 510 also offers an AF-Assist lamp, which helps the camera focus in lower lighting to almost complete darkness. You can turn it On and Off via the menu as well.
- Auto: 0.4 in. (1 cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1 m) - infinity (T)
- Normal AF: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
- Macro AF: 0.4 in. - 1.6 ft. (1-50cm) (W)
Here we have a close-up of the 510's tiny built-in flash unit; with the AF-Assist lamp below it. The 510 offers modes for Auto, Flash On (Fill), Slow Synchro, and Flash Off. The effective range according to Canon is 12 in. - 10.2 ft. (30 cm-3.1 m) Wide or 3.3 - 5.6 ft. (1.0 - 1.7 m) Telephoto.
On the top of the 510 you can see the Program - Auto mode switch, Power On/Off button, and the shutter release with the zoom controls mounted around it. In playback, the zoom controls also toggle the Index and Magnify options. At the left you can see the camera's built in stereo microphones, and the built-in speaker all the way to the right.
The ELPH 510 uses a 3.2-inch wide view touch screen LCD for framing and viewing your photos, as well as handling most of your user inputs with it's touch interface. Because the camera is controlled by the touch screen, the only button that remains on the back is the Play button; with a small LED indicator located above it. This display uses resistive type interface, which allows you to use the tip of your fingernail, or a stylus for operation; using the "meat" of your finger does not work well like it does with capacitive type displays found on smart phones. Resolution is higher than average at approx. 461,000 dots, which affords a nice clear image with plenty of detail. The screen also boasts 5 levels of brightness adjustment, making it easy to see in most lighting conditions.
I/O ports are located on the right hand side. On top is the combination USB 2.0 Hi-Speed data and the A/V Output port. It handles both USB connection to your PC or Printer, as well as standard definition Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL). At the bottom you can see a HDMI output that allows you to view your images and HD movies in HD on your HDTV with an optional HDMI cord.
The ELPH 510HS is compatible with all SD/SDHC and the newer SDXC types cards as well as Eye-Fi, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus cards. Above is a fast and spacious Sandisk Extreme Pro 8GB SDHC card. Below you'll find the storage capacity tables for both stills and video.
|File Size (KB)||4 GB||16 GB||File Size (KB)||4 GB||16 GB||File Size (KB)||4 GB||16 GB|
|File Size (KB)||4 GB||16 GB|
* When in High-speed Burst, Best Image Selection or Low Light
|iFrame||Super Slow Motion Movie||Miniature Effect|
|HD: 1280 x 720||640 x 480||320 x 240||HD: 1280 x 720||640 x 480|
|30 fps||120 fps||240 fps||5x||10x||20x||5x||10x||20x|
|6 fps||3 fps||1.5 fps||6 fps||3 fps||1.5 fps|
|Video Size (KB/sec.,)||4,701||4,914||2,457||573||287||143||246||123||61|
|4GB||13 min. 35 sec.||12 min. 58 sec.||25 min. 46 sec.||1 hr. 45 min. 52 sec.||3 hr. 21 min. 9 sec.||5 hr. 35 min. 16 sec.||3 hr. 43 min. 30 sec.||6 hr. 42 min. 20 sec.||11 hr. 10 min. 33 sec.|
|16GB||55 min. 38 sec.||53 min. 7 sec.||1 hr. 45 min. 35 sec.||7 hr. 13 min. 30 sec.||13 hr. 43 min. 40 sec.||22 hr. 52 min. 47 sec.||15 hr. 15 min. 11 sec.||27 hr. 27 min. 20 sec.||45 hr. 45 min. 35 sec.|
*Shooting: 120 fps; Playback: 30 fps
|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|
|16GB||59 min. 40 sec.||1 hr. 24 min. 54 sec.||2 hr. 59 min. 3 sec.|
Power is supplied by a small AA looking NB-9L 3.5V, 870mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Canon claims that this battery is capable of providing only 170 images on a single charge. Also included with the camera is this portable charger with fold-away prongs. This allows you to easily carry it with you to keep your batteries charged all the time, as well as charge extra batteries while you're using another.
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