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Canon IXUS 510 HS / ELPH 530 HS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and portability. The image quality and design are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the viewfinder and features.

responsiveness, design, image quality, portability, performance

value for money, battery, lens, features, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 510 HS / ELPH 530 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS

 

Slick and slim, yet with a long zoom, the Canon ELPH 510 HS packs a ton offeatures into a compact camera body behind an occasionally frustratingtouchscreen interface.

Slim and stylish camera body; Extremely versatile 12x lens; Gorgeous 3.2-inch screen; Good image quality overall

Not everyone will like the touchscreen; Glossy camera body attracts smudges; Below-average battery life

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS has a lot to live up to, but it also has a lot going for it. For starters, there's its slim, stylish, and highly portable design, which makes the Canon 510 a great camera to stash in a bag or your pocket when you want to...

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Canon ELPH 510 HS

 

Canon's latest travel zoom is attractive on the outside. Inside… less so.

Rock solid construction; Stylish exterior

Cumbersome touchscreen interface; Noisy shots

What a disappointment. Here we’ve got a corner of the market that isn’t yet crowded to capacity, an area currently led by Casio which–and no offense to Casio here–is no Canon, and the arrival of a brand new, expensive contender with an exciting spec...

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Canon Ixus 510 HS review

 

The Canon Ixus 510 HS sports a compact chassis, along with a 12x zoom and built-in Wi-Fi capability, but does this justify the price tag?

Smooth, quiet zoom ; Good build quality ; Lots of tech in tiny chassis

Uploading can be convoluted ; Battery life could be better ; Pricier than rivals

The Canon Ixus 510 HS is an excellent compact camera and while the Wi-Fi capability is a nice touch, we feel that there are some improvements to be made before this is something that's really useful.

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Canon IXUS 510 HS review

 

There are dozens of compact cameras on the market to choose from. The Canon IXUS 510 HS sets out to grab your attention with its built-in Wi-Fi, touchscreen and 12x optical zoom. There are plenty of features here to gawp at, but at close to the £300...

Decent image quality, touchscreen useful for hands-on focusing, Wi-Fi will benefit some users

Expensive, chunky design, on/off and playback button placement, touchscreen won’t be to all tastes, touchscreen well behind current mobile phone standards, micro SD, poor battery life

The Canon IXUS 510 HS is a winner when it comes to image quality, and the touchscreen is useful for hands-on autofocus. However the overall design is less appealing, the lack of buttons makes menu digging tiresome and the high price makes it quite...

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Canon IXUS 510 HS review

 

This cute, 10.1 megapixel camera has a features list longer than Ben Hur. But is this specced-up compact worth its high price?

Good looks ; Excellent image quality ; Wi-Fi a useful extra feature

Pricey ; Wi-Fi has limitations

Build and image quality are both more than up to par, leaving you only with the unpleasant task of actually paying for the Canon IXUS 510 HS.

Editor's Choice!

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Canon IXUS 510 HS review

 

A return to form for the IXUS line, the Canon IXUS 510 HS is one of the best-looking cameras you can buy, and if you do, you won't be disappointed with its output. Vivid colours, fine detail and a good zoom make this camera a great choice.

Sharp images ; Great colours ; Built-in Wi-Fi

A touch pricey, which loses it half a star

The IXUS 510 HS is a great little camera. It's pleasing to see it returning to its roots as a stylish, chunky little block of a snapper. It's even better to have so many features built in, with a long zoom, fair resolution and excellent smart phone...

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Canon IXUS 510 HS

 

A camera for the social-media generation, the IXUS 510 HS delivers Wi-Fi connectivity, a 12x optical zoom and a touchscreen to make users feel right at home.

Easy to set up and transfer photos over Wi-Fi ; Excellent range of wireless transfer options ; Sleek design

Uses microSD cards ; Short battery life ; Some images can appear soft ; Resistive touchscreen limits swipe, pinch-zoom actions

Canon Australia no longer issues RRPs for its products, although we have seen the 510 HS available for AU$399 in a number of photographic retailers.

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Review: Canon Ixus 510 HS

 

Geared at the socially connected, this shooter lets users transfer content wirelessly and comes with a useful touchscreen interface.

Easy to set up and transfer photos over Wi-Fi; excellent range of wireless transfer options; sleek design

Uses microSD cards; short battery life; some images can appear soft; resistive touchscreen limits swipe, pinch-zoom actions

The IXUS 510 HS offers easy Wi-Fi connectivity and a long 12x optical zoom lens. There are some compromises to be had along the way, such as a design that's somewhat difficult to hold and a resistive touchscreen, but for some these will be a small...

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REVIEW–CANON IXUS 510HS]

 

This 10 megapixel camera with a 28–336mm (film equivalent) zoom lens is a variation of the 500 HS already reviewed. It has a face area exactly that of a credit card and it is a mere 19mm thick. It weighs in at 155 g and easily fits in any pocket or...

Good image quality. Both noise and noise reduction effects are well controlled The zoom range is overly optimistic but the pixel density is about right. At the full zoom extension drop-off in sharpness is noticeable but acceptable ; DISLIKE: The touch...

The touch screen is non-responsive. Moving through controls is like pushing through treacle. It is the worst implementation of a touch screen we have ever used. It is as though Canon is ignorant of the advances made by Panasonic and others in...

We loved the Ixus 500 and said: “It just about fills the bill for those who demand all the contradictory qualities of miniaturisation without image compromise. It’s a little ripper.” The 510 takes a fundamentally excellent camera and spoils it with an...

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Canon IXUS 510 HS

 

If you are prepared to pay a bit more for extra quality then the Canon IXUS 510 HS is likely to be of interest to you. For a pocket camera picture quality is very good. Add in the impressive set of features including a touch screen and Wi-Fi and you...

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Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Unknown
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: No
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: No
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-9L
Battery Type:Canon NB-9L

Recording

Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No
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