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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera

10.1MP 12x CMOS Jan 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
An Ultra-Slim High Performer.In the twelve years since the original ELPH was instantly and universally proclaimed an icon of style, successive ELPH cameras have remained at the forefront of design... More
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21 Reasons For

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Compact camera digital cameras produced by Canon have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just compact camera digital cameras) and found that Canon also has good ratings across its entire range.

SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other cameras of this age and type which do not support Full HD video, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS supports Full HD video.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS supports video recording, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 12 times zoom factor, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The average optical zoom of cameras that have been available for more than two years is 9.3x.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Has Six Photo Effects

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a greater number of photo effects than most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Canon digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on digital cameras of this age and type. The photo effects "Neutral", "Positive film", "Sepia", "Skin tones" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a greater number of ISO speeds than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 are also supported by this camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 250mm. At 336 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a quite long maximum focal length compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS.

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Has Two Light Exposure Modes

The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a greater number of light exposure modes than most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently found light exposure mode is Auto, but this light exposure mode is not found on this Canon digital camera. The light exposure modes Aperture priority AE and Shutter priority AE are also found on this camera.

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3648 X 2736 Still Image Resolution

The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a 3648 x 2736 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most digital cameras of this type and age. This Canon digital camera also have still image resolutions of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1200 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2112 x 2112, 2736 x 2736, 2816 x 1584, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 2112 and 3648 x 2048 and 3648 x 2432. Across all compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixel Count

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS the total megapixel counts range from 10MP to 15,000,000MP. The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a quite many total megapixel count (16.8 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has one of the higher display resolutions (461,000 pixels) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. This camera also supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all cameras that were released more than two years ago the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Very Thin

The average depth of cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is 38mm, and the depths range from 13mm to 2,200mm. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is fairly thin (only 19.2 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Short

The average height of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is 61mm. With a height of only 53.9 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is one of the shorter similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Narrow

At only 87.1 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is quite narrow compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age. The average width of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is 100mm, and the widths range from 22mm to 470mm.

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12 Reasons Against

Quite Low Megapixel Count

Across all the digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS the megapixel counts range from 0.3MP to 46MP. With a megapixel count of only 10.1 megapixels, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only 1/3"" Optical Sensor Size

The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3"". That's 22% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". 4.80 x 3.60mm. The optical sensor size of all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS ranges from 1/4"" (worst) to 4/3"" (best).

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is not 3D compatible. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS does not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is not waterproof.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a greater number of flash modes than most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Canon camera.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a higher image resolution than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras of this age and type the best image resolution is 5152 x 3864 pixels and the worst is 2592 x 1944 pixels.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

The average maximum aperture of compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 6.6, and the maximum apertures range from 2 to 130. With a maximum aperture of only 5.6, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a fairly big maximum aperture compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of this age and type. This Canon camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras of this type and age.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

The minimum focal lengths of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 2.6mm to 290mm. At 28 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a fairly long minimum focal length compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS.

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Fairly Long Flash Recharging Time

At 10 seconds, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a fairly long flash recharging time compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS the flash recharging times range from 0.0005s to 15s, and the average flash recharging time is 6s.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS.

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MOS Sensor Type

The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a MOS sensor type which is better than most digital cameras of this type and age. Most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a CCD sensor type.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 135 grams, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Interface
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Power Supply

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 6166b001, canon 6174b001
Barcodes 00013803146714, 00013803146752, 00013803146769, 00013803146837, 00013803146844, 00138031467520, 00138031468374, 00138031468442
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