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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and exposure. The lens and color are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the manual image adjustments and responsiveness.

portability, color, lens, exposure, zoom

battery, storage, low-light, responsiveness, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS Review: Ultracompact Camera With 12X Optical Zoom

 

Pocket-megazoom cameras have been around for a few years now, but you probably haven't seen one as small or as simple as the Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS ($300 as of April 7, 2012). In a way, it represents a new breed of basic compact camera: Rather...

12X zoom lens in an ultracompact body ; Very good exposure and color ; Wide array of scene modes and effects

Battery life is only fair ; No manual controls ; Buttons are very small ; Poor image sharpness ; Uses MicroSD cards for storage

The PowerShot Elph 520 HS is a very compact 12X-optical-zoom camera designed for casual shooters. It doesn't perform at the level we're used to seeing in Canon's cameras, and its MicroSD slot and lack of manual controls may give prospective buyers pause.

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

 

The Canon Elph 520 HS is a slim, sleek and powerful little camera. You can think of the Elph series like the PowerShot's offbeat, eccentric cousin: It looks and acts a little different, which makes for some awkward moments here and there, but it more...

High-speed burst mode ; Good-looking and super portable ; Quality photos and videos ; Easy to use

Poor battery life ; MicroSD only ; Average low light performance at best

This is a camera for someone who finds they’ve outgrown their basic point-and-shoot and wants to start dipping their toe into manual settings.

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

 

Recapturing that original ELPH spirit, the Canon 520 HS successfully shoehorns a 12x zoom into the classic old box and circle design, making for a competent everywhere camera that's also affordable.

Compact 12x zoom; Optical image stabilization; Full HD movies; Handheld Night Scene mode; Good shutter lag time

Uses microSD media; Short battery life; Flash is weak; Soft at telephoto; Tiny buttons

I can easily recommend the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS to anyone looking for a slightly beyond-the-basics point-and-shoot digicam, particularly if portability is important. It has a good Smart Auto system with 58 options for aim-and-forget shooting. If...

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

 

I'm dissapointed for the life of the battery. I was traveling and wanted to get another battery but still didn't sell it at the store.

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Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS review

 

The PowerShot Elph 520 HS is a very compact 12X-optical-zoom camera designed for casual shooters.

The PowerShot Elph 520 HS is a very compact 12X-optical-zoom camera designed for casual shooters. It doesn't perform at the level we're used to seeing in Canon's cameras, and its MicroSD slot and lack of manual controls may give prospective buyers pause.

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