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Canon PowerShot A510

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1041 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the image quality and portability are overall positive. The battery and usability also get good reviews. Views about the viewfinder and focus are mixed, while the contrast and features get negative reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A510 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot A510


Canon's PowerShot A510 compact digital camera combines the simplicity of a family-focused camera, a high resolution three megapixel image sensor and a powerful 4x optical zoom to produce pictures that you can be proud of with the image quality Canon is re

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Canon PowerShot A510


Manual and automated exposure/focus controls; impressive image quality; zoom flash; versatile burst mode.

Not small; many common settings require trip to menus; long flash-recycle time.

Very good image quality for a 3.2-megapixel camera along with a full complement of manual and automated exposure controls make this a bargain purchase for the ambitious photographer.

Expert review by: - Canon PowerShot A520


The $300 Canon PowerShot A520 is an affordable point-and-shoot for the budding photography student. This camera is essentially a 4-megapixel ...


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Canon PowerShot A510 review by PC Magazine


There's plenty to like about this camera, especially the manual controls. Images are less noisy than with the A520, but the camera is fairly slow. ...

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Canon PowerShot A510 Digital Camera Review


The PowerShot A510 is a rectilinear-shaped point-and-shoot digital camera crafted by Canon with a (slightly) extended 4x optical zoom lens that leads back to its 1/2.5 inch 3.3 MP CCD. Internally, the camera includes a DIGIC image processor and a 9-point

Manual control of shutter speed and aperture for engaged users,Much improved performance at the ISO 400 setting,Intelligent microphone placement,small compact size without excessive controls,straightforward menu structure,simple and well labeled memory...

an overly complicated battery cover makes a simple action aggravating,Small viewfinder (virtually unusable),Incredibly slow shot to shot speed in all photo modes

The Canon PowerShot A510's small compact frame will greatly please the point-and-shoot user looking for an introductory camera with solid performance. The simple physical design comes equipped with a wide variety of manual control options - a...


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Canon PowerShot A510 Review


Good resolution for a budget 3.2 megapixel camera, Bright, vivid - though natural - color, Good edge-to-edge sharpness, Useful new 35-140mm equiv. 4x zoom lens, Reliable focus and exposure, Lots of manual controls, Excellent build quality for a budget...

Images need sharpening, Focus can be slow - especially at the long end of the zoom, Flash recycle way too slow, Minimum two-second shot-to-shot time, Slow start-up

Everything we said about the PowerShot A520 applies equally to the A510; it would be hard to find a more suitable first digital camera for the novice digital photographer on a budget. No matter what the situation, the A510 turns out perfectly exposed...

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Canon USA Powershot A510 Camera


The Canon PowerShot A510 won't win any best-of-breed honors, but at $200 this compact camera with good features is an exceptional bargain, so much so that we awarded it a Best Buy in the May 2005 issue.

As you might expect of a camera in the $200-and-under price range, Canon provides few extras with the A510; the 16MB SD Card is just enough to get you started. Canon's bundled Digital Camera Solution is a cut above the software that comes with most...

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Digital Cameras - Canon PowerShot A510 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Featuring a 3.2-megapixel CCD, automatic, partial, or fully manual exposure control, and a wide range of preset shooting modes, the PowerShot A510 is another great member of Canon's A-series line of digital cameras. Built on the same long-tested design...

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Canon PowerShot A510/A520


The two cameras have the same resolution as the old models: 3.2 Megapixel for the A510 and 4.0 Megapixel for the A520. The only other difference between the two cameras is the color of their bodies

Excellent photo quality ; 4X optical zoom lens ; Full manual controls, unusual for a camera in this price range ; Compact body feels solid for the price ; Support for optional conversion lenses, external flash, underwater case ; Above average battery...

Poor low light focusing, despite having an AF-assist lamp (worse than old models) ; Redeye (worse than old models) ; Movie mode still needs some work ; Noisy images at ISO 200 and above ; LCD doesn't "gain up" very much in low light ; Including...

If you're trying to decide between the A510 and A520, note these tradeoffs. The A520 will let you make larger prints and gives you more flexibility when cropping your photos. However, images are slightly noisier, especially at high ISO sensitivities....

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Canon PowerShot A510


In this special 2-in-1 review, I'll be reviewing both the Canon PowerShot A510 and A520 at the same time. I will alternate between the views of these two cameras in the camera tour.

New 4x zoom lens ; Compact ; Ergonomic grip ; A full array of manual controls ; Excellent battery life ; Overall sharp photos ; Conversion lens compatibility ; Variety of scene modes ; Very affordable price

Mediocre movie mode ; High noise levels ; So-so LCD performance ; Slow for 2005 cameras

The Canon PowerShot A510 and A520 have both full manual controls and are very affordable. Despite a new 4x optical zoom lens and the ability to take overall great photos, the A510 and A520 both still lack something. If you read about the release of all...

Product Specifications

From the second you switch it on, the compact, affordable and easy-to-use 4x optical zoom PowerShot A510 is perfectly equipped to help you explore the world of digital photography. Even though it contains a host of advanced technologies, the PowerShot A510 has been designed so first time users can switch on and start shooting for immediate, great results - straight out of the box. Yet for those that intuitively push technology boundaries, this 3.2 Megapixel camera comes packed with exciting manual features. A powerful 4x optical zoom gets you right in close to the action, while an incredible 20 versatile shooting modes, including 8 special scene modes, are on board for you to experiment with. The special scene modes are stored shooting presets ideal in tricky shooting conditions when you don't want to use the manual controls. There is even an 'Underwater' mode for use with the exciting optional waterproof case. Take up to 3-minute movie clips, complete with sound recording and playback on the large 1.8" LCD monitor. For high definition playback on TV, the camera even records 30 second VGA clips. Every function on the PowerShot A510 works with you to get great photos. Canon Visionary Technology combines in the form of a superb quality lens, precision sensor and super fast processor to ensure accurate colors and high clarity images. To speed up focusing and optimize exposures, the camera analyzes the scene and makes setting adjustments even before the shutter release is pressed. The 9-point AiAF helps ensure pictures are always perfectly focused, even with off-center subjects. A Print/Share button makes direct printing to any Canon Direct Print or PictBridge compatible printer a breeze, and simplifies uploads to any Windows PC. When connected to a Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printer, the PowerShot A510 allows you to print a sequence of movie clip frames, and to produce your very own ID photos. With Canon's ZoomBrowser EX (for Windows) and ImageBrowser (for Macintosh) you can arrange photo albums, crop photographs and adjust contrast and brightness with ease.

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Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach/snow / Fireworks / Foliage / Hi-speed shutter / Indoor / Kids & pets / Landscape / Night scene / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Stitch assist / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-5.5
Max Focal Length:23.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:3.2
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical