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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 261 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and image quality. The portability and value for money also get good feedback. The reliability and memory get critical reviews, while opinions about the build quality and flash are mixed.

usability, value for money, portability, image quality, battery

features, viewfinder, screen, memory, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS


Editors' note: Much of the design, features, and shooting options are identical between the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS and the SX500 IS we reviewed earlier, so readers of the earlier review may experience some déjà vu when reading the same sections below.

The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is a very good value thanks to a new sensor, offering up excellent image quality and performance for its budget-friendly price. It also has built-in Wi-Fi for easier on-the-go sharing, among other things.

Despite the updated sensor, the SX510 HS' shooting performance might still be too slow for action shots, especially indoors. With no viewfinder, you have to use the LCD for framing all your shots.

A change in sensor brings the 30x zoom Canon PowerShot SX510 HS' photo and movie quality as well as its shooting performance up a notch.

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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Preview


Canon has announced the PowerShot SX510 HS digital camera, which features a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, the DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a 30x optical 24mm wide angle zoom lens, Intelligent IS (Image Stabilization) Technology, and Full 1080p HD Video...

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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS


The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is a 12 Megapixel super zoom camera with 30x stabilised optical range and a 3 inch LCD screen. Launched in August 2013 it replaces the one year old PowerShot SX500 IS which is retained in the PowerShot lineup. The SX510 HS...

30x stabilised optical zoom ; Excellent optical image stabilisation ; Built-in Wifi and GPS linking ; 1080p24 HD video

Colour fringing at zoom extremes ; Improved, but average continuous shooting ; Indirect Wifi sharing to Twitter

The PowerShot SX510 HS is a solid upgrade to what was already a very popular model. The new CMOS sensor brings it into line with the other models in the SX range (the older SX500 IS is now the only model apart from the budget A series to use a CCD...


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"Great Photos, Extremely Flakey WiFi"


So the Camera itself has been great so far. I have take some great photos with it and it has taken some great movies too. The zoom is pretty good although indoors it does have a bit of a tough time gaining focus when zoomed too far in. I like the added...

Great photos so far

Poor microphone for movies

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Amazon review summary for Canon PowerShot SX510 HS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX510 HS from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

usability, value for money, portability, image quality, performance

memory, stabilizer

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Great Camera for family photos


This was the first time we purchased a camera over 200 and it great

Easy to use

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Does everything I need it to


Owned about a month or so and still practicing before vacation. Good close-ups, excellent zoom, good low-light pictures.... just have to learn where these options are located. Auto does a good job for point and shoot. Favorite is the zoom - wow. Good...

Love the zoom capability

No booklet-type user manual

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Great camera, easy to use.


Got this for my wife and she loves the picture quality and zoom. She is amazed at how good far away shots have been compared to our old camera.About me... Love shooting sports, Parent with kids, casual user

Point and shoot

nothing so far

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Need to have the manual for all the features


Like the camera just wish they had a manual with some shortcut steps for beginners with this camera. Nice and light, great zoom!About me... Photo enthusiast

Nice and light; good picture quality

Has a lot of features and need the manual...although it is online

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canon make a good camera


The best part of this camera is the grip, which allows you to take photos using only one hand. This feature comes in handy when you have small children.About me... Parent with kids, Love capturing special occasions, casual user

simple and easy to hold

lack of view finder