Captures pleasing 10-megapixel photos when viewed full screen
Good shooting performance
Loads of useful exposure options; both in still and video modes
Records nice full 1080p HD video
Cool Super Slow Motion video mode
Good high ISO performance up to 1600 when you get past graininess noted at all settings
3.0-inch LCD yields a very nice picture
Metal Tripod mount
Extremely Weak flash
Uses microSD cards
Poor Battery Life
Luminous noise present through ISO range, causes graininess or speckling when viewing images at 100%
Tiny rear controls are cumbersome; specifically the 4-way controller buttons
While the PowerShot 520 HS has some appealing features and performance,
it also has several cons; more than we typically see with a PowerShot
camera. At about $300 USD, we recommend you take a good look at the
competition before making your final purchase decision. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
One of two new ELPH models that Canon announced in January of this year (2012), the ELPH 520 HS boasts their High Sensitivity label, thanks to Canon's state of the art DIGIC 5 image processor and a 10.1 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor. This translates into sharper pictures in low light scenarios (with ISO settings up to 3200) as well as faster start up and auto focus timing. The DIGIC 5 processor also helps this camera to achieve High-Speed shooting in both still a video modes.
Both the ELPH 520 HS and ELPH 110 HS include a 3.0" LCD display, full 1080p HD movie recording, and Advanced Smart AUTO functionality. The camera automatically adjust for up to 58 varied shooting scenarios and a 12-person (on screen) facial recognition.
The 520 HS also features a wide angle 28mm lens with a 12x Optical Zoom. It costs $50 more than the 110 HS, which boasts an impressive 16.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, a slightly wider 24mm lens, and a different series of "fun, bright colors". However, the 520's 12x zoom will get you closer to the action than 5x zoom on the 110 HS.
Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Features:
DIGIC 5 image processor
10.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
12x Optical Zoom with 28mm wide angle extreme
ISO up to 3200
3.0" LCD with 461k pixels
Full HD 1080p
High-Speed Burst most up to 6.8fps
Super Slow Motion movie mode, records at 120 or 240fps
Advanced Smart AUTO (detect up to 58 scenes)
Face ID (register up to 12 faces on screen)
Li-ion battery pack (good for up to 190 shots)
Uses microSD/SDHC/SDXC type memory cards
Canon's PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is available now with an MSRP of $299.99. Colors choices include black, silver, red, and blue. See our buy box below for the most current online pricing.
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