Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Review

Review posted 10/25/2011

Quick Take
  • Classic Digital ELPH look and feel
  • Durable metal exterior
  • Captures pleasing 12-megapixel photos in various shooting conditions
  • Good shooting performance
  • Loads of useful exposure options; both in still and video modes
  • Records nice full 1080p HD video
  • Good high ISO performance up to 1600
  • Nice 3.2-inch touch screen LCD
  • Metal Tripod mount
  • 3 stylish colors (Red, Black, Silver)
  • Weak flash
  • Stereo mics pick up slightest breeze and lots of background noise
  • Poor Battery Life
  • Smart Auto produces higher noise levels than Program mode
  • Smart Auto captured warm images with flash indoors
Bottom Line
The PowerShot ELPH 510 HS continues the Digital ELPH tradition of bringing you powerful features and ease of use in a stylish and compact metal shell. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Canon continues to add new and exciting models to their popular PowerShot ELPH HS line, and the ELPH 510 HS is no exception. This model replaces the ELPH 500 HS we reviewed earlier this year, with some much appreciated upgrades. The most notable of these is the impressive 12x optical zoom lens with Canon's legendary Optical IS (Image Stabilization) system. This unit covers a vast zoom range of 28-336mm (in 35mm equivalence), which is the longest range ever offered on an ELPH model (as of 8/2011).

The 510 carries over the powerful 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor and DIGIC 4 processor from its predecessor, along with the same 3.2-inch touch screen LCD. With an enhanced Smart Auto exposure mode, Canon's HS (High Sensitivity) system, Intelligent IS, and full 1080p HD video recording, the ELPH 510 HS is chock-full of awesomeness.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Features:
  • 12.1-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor
  • 12x optical zoom lens, covers 28-336mm equivalent zoom range
  • 3.2-inch touch screen LCD
  • Intelligent Image Stabilization
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • Motion Detection Technology
  • Full 1080p HD video recording
  • Enhanced Smart Auto exposure mode
  • Face Detection AF,AE, FE, WB
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot (Eye-Fi compliant)
  • Li-ion battery pack (good for up to 170 shots)
  • Comes in 3 colors (Red, Black and Silver)
The PowerShot ELPH 510 HS is available now for about $349.99 USD. Check our buy box below for the most current online pricing from various retailers.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Body
  • Battery Pack NB-9L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LB
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC10
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

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