Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS

  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS
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Based on 18 scores, 26 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    3
  • Good:
    5
  • Average:
    6
  • Bad:
    4

Pros:

  • Very compact and easy to carry, Good stills, Canon HS System, 12x optical zoom, Optical image stabilization, Very good 3-inch LCD screen rated 461K dots, Smart Auto with 58 options, 21 Scene and Effects modes, ISO range 100-3,200, Shutter speed range o...
  • Good-looking camera; remarkably compact for its 12x zoom lens.
  • Excellent design, impressive LCD screen, general image quality good

Cons:

  • Uses microSD media, Body has relatively sharp corners, Only 24fps video at 1080p, Spare battery a must, No video cable included, Images have soft corners, Soft in center at telephoto, Chromatic aberration at telephoto, Flash is weak, even with signific...
  • Poor battery life, Takes MicroSD format cards, Small buttons can be difficult to press, Reduced 2.5M resolution Burst mode.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Macworld on 50

As digital photography approaches the point of ubiquity—it's not just about grabbing the camera for a Sunday afternoon at the park anymore; people are photographing everywhere, all the time—the trend in 2012 has been toward downsizing...

By The Imaging Resource on

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....

By Camera Labs on 82

Canon ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS verdict The Canon ELPH 520 HS/ IXUS 500 HS sits near the top of the ELPH / IXUS range alongside the ELPH 530 HS / IXUS 510 HS which adds a 16:9 touch-screen and WiFi. Its headline feature is a 12x optical zoom which...

By evogadget.com on

The Canon IXUS 500 HS is a camera which will give you a lot of satisfaction. No matter if you're a professional or an...

By Steves Digicams on

Canon continues to update their Digital ELPH line-up, and so far for 2012 they've added three new models; the ELPH 530 HS, ELPH 520 HS and the ELPH 110 HS. The 520 HS holds the middle spot in this series, offering a few advantages over the 110 HS,...

By Trusted Reviews on

The Canon IXUS 500 HS is a compact camera that impresses at first sight. Not only is the model one of the most stylish currently on the market, but it also features a weighty specification to match its eye-catching looks. The combination of 10.1MP...

By TechRadar on 60

If you can manage to steady the camera enough to achieve consistently sharp results at full zoom then this proves rather more of a selling point, as does the fact that the optical zoom range can be accessed in video mode or for setting up stills. And,...

By PC World on 50

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...

By CNET Asia on 68

The Canon Ixus 500 HS is a good choice for those already happy with their smartphone's photos and movie clips, but looking for a cute little camera with a long zoom and faster performance....

By What Digital Camera on 89

The latest high-end model in Canon's IXUS series - the IXUS 500HS - features a 10MP CMOS sensor complete with Canon's HS system and DIGIC 5 processor. The sensor itself is backlit, promising improved performance on the standard variety of...

By DPexpert on

REVIEW—CANON Ixus 500 HS compact] by terry on 29 March 2012 Price: $400 A little ripper THE LOW-DOWN: This 10 megapixel camera with a 28–336mm (film equivalent) zoom lens is very compact indeed. It has a face area exactly that of a credit...

By cnet on 60

The Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS is a good choice for those already happy with their smartphone's photos and movie clips, but looking for a cute little camera with a long zoom and faster...

By Digital Trends on 75

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...

By Expert Reviews on 80

The slim, sumptuous design and 12x zoom lens are a great combination, but other cameras beat it for image quality...

By Pocket-lint on 70

Unapologetically fashion conscious IXUS goes retro with its boxy styling, but squeezes in an 12x optical zoom to ensure it’s not just a pretty fascia. Priced at a premium however because of it...

By ePHOTOzine on 80

The Canon IXUS 500 HS is ideal for those who want an extremely small camera but want more zoom than you typically find on such cameras. The downside to the tiny body are the small buttons and fairly low battery life. There is also full 1080p HD video...

By PhotographyBLOG on 80

The Canon IXUS 500 HS is a good attempt to marry the classic styling of the IXUS range with a big zoom lens, but the tiny controls, poor battery life, so-so image quality at high ISO speeds and the eye-watering price-tag detract somewhat from its...

By ePHOTOzine on

Canon IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS in RedCanon announced two new Canon IXUS models, known as Canon ELPH in the US, however, just to add to the confusion they use different model numbers in the US. Here we have a look at the US versions, which are...

International Review By Chip.de on 73

Kameras der Ixus-Serie überraschen immer wieder mit frischem Design. So auch die Ixus 500 HS, die mit farbenfrohen Klavierlack und kantiger Gestaltung auffällt. Das Gehäuse entspricht der Größe einer Zigarettenschachtel, was...

International Review By Parentesis on 70

Esta cámara es ideal para quienes quieren una buena calidad de fotos y videos en sus viajes o en el día a día. La vas a poder llevar a todos lados y disfrutar de su lente con zoom de 12X para capturar cualquier objeto o persona. Su salida...