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by Brad Soo on January 9 2012

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500 HS)

Remember that ultra-small ‘folded’ 12X optical zoom lens we saw on the pocketable ELPH 510 HS? Well here it is again, on the latest all-metal ELPH/IXUS model just launched today. This new camera lacks the touchscreen of the ELPH 510 HS, which isn’t such a bad thing if you’ve read our review of that camera, and has a lower resolution sensor… that really makes us wonder if this is the true successor to that camera or yet another branch in Canon’s line of small and stylish cameras. Either way, the ELPH 520 HS here sports a similar design and is Canon’s first digital camera to use those tiny microSD cards.

  • 10 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 28 – 336 mm (f3.0 – f5.8) 12X optical zoom lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3 inch LCD (461,000 pixels)
  • Advanced Smart Auto picks one of 58 (!) scene modes; no manual controls
  • Face ID can remember 12 faces along with their age group; new Sleeping Face Recognition (essentially baby mode) puts the camera in ‘silent mode’ to capture photos of sleeping babies
  • High-speed continuous shooting up to 6.8 frames per second
  • 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080) 24 FPS movie mode with stereo sound
  • Takes microSD/microSDHC memory cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in March for $300
  • Comes in your choice of silver, black, red or blue

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  1. John Doe January 9, 2012 Reply

    Vaguely interesting that the European model numbering (IXUS 500 HS) doesn’t mark it as being in the same line as the ELPH 510 HS, which was known as the IXUS 1100 HS.

  2. Jan Kubes April 2, 2012 Reply

    I wonder only if this camera uses also the 4x digital zoom like almost every compact camera of Canon except the new ZoomPlus technology of Canon.If its so,then optical zoom 12x with ZoomPlus =21x and if you add digital zoom 4x -84x final zoom.Is it true?

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