Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500 HS)

Last Updated (07 June’13):
– Review & Sample Photos @ CNET

Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500) is a 10.1-Megapixels CMOS Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom. It features 28-336mm Equivalent UA Lens, DIGIC 5 Image Processor & HS System, Hybrid, Optical & Intelligent IS, Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound, High ISO Sensitivity 100-3200, Low Light & High-Speed Burst Modes, Best Image, Smart AUTO & Shutter, and has 3.0-inch PureColor LCD Display. The camera measures (W x H x D) 3.43 x 2.12 x 0.76″ / 8.71 x 5.38 x 1.93 cm and weight 4.76 oz / 135 g Camera only.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

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Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500) Reviews

CNET reviews the Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500) and writes;
“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 performance.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Steves Digicams reviews the Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500 HS) and writes;
“at full screen resolution images look awesome, the graininess is worth noting and is likely to show up in large prints; especially if you’ve already cropped the photo… the 520 offers a zoom range that is not found on many cameras of this size, along with recording some great video, and offering excellent shooting performance. If you are sharing photos on Facebook and other social media sites, and you don’t print huge photos, then the 520’s image quality will please.”
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Digitaltrends reviews the Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500 HS) and writes;
“the images can be quite crisp, particularly compared to its basic point-and-shoot brethren. Colors popped without photos being overly-saturated and high-speed burst mode was able to capture vehicles speeding by on the freeway. 1080p full HD video is also crisp and using zoom during wasn’t too shaky either.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Cameralabs reviews the Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500 HS) and writes;
“In terms of features, it has everything you’d expect from a modern point-and shoot including novice-friendly features like Scene Detection, Face ID, Face self-timer and a composite Handheld NightScene mode for good quality results in low light. It’s also a versatile video camera with Super Slow Motion and scene modes like miniature and a top quality 1080p24 HD recording mode.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Techhive reviews the Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500 HS) and writes;
“as a simple, pocketable camera that offers impressive optical reach for its size, it should do the trick for many casual photographers.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Imaging-resource reviews the Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500 HS) and writes;
“Detail is good but a hair soft at ISO 100, with blurring increasing slightly from that point on. Chroma (color) noise becomes more noticeable at ISO 1,600 and 3,200, though luminance noise is more visible throughout the series.”
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Expertreviews reviews the Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500 HS) and writes;
“Performance was solid, taking 2.1 seconds on average between shots, while continuous mode ran at 2.3fps. Videos are recorded at 1080/24p in AVC format but are limited to 10 minutes per clip. Picture and sound quality were excellent but the zoom motor spoiled the soundtrack slightly.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500 HS) and writes;
“The Canon IXUS 500 HS handled chromatic aberrations very well, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations and generally at the edges of the frame. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 15 seconds being long enough for most after-dark shots.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500) Features

The Canon ELPH 520 HS (IXUS 500 HS) is equipped with 28mm Wide Angle Lens that lets you capture an expansive scenes and 12x Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-336mm) ensure you’ll get close distance of your subject. There is an Optical Image Stabilizer which effectively reduce the camera shake and image vibration to produce sharp and steadier image even in low light shooting situation at high ISO sensitivity.


Moreover, Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS also completed with Canon HS SYSTEM which combines of two technologies: a high-sensitivity imaging sensor and the DIGIC 5 Image Processor to capture outstanding low-light images with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. This system also enable you to use higher shutter speeds which makes the camera is possible to produce clearer images with reduced noise and blur.


The camera is able to record Full HD 1080p video at 24fps with stereo sound that lets you playback via HDMI output and CEC on HDTV or download to your computer to share with family and friends. This capability is supported by advanced CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor that ensure you to capture videos with crisp and clear results. In addition, there is a dedicated Movie Button, Wind filter feature and Optical Zoom which lets you easily capture the videos.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS also offer a large and bright 3.0 inch PureColor LCD wide screen that has high resolution of 461,000 dots for easy to view and frame your photos and videos. With PureColor technology, the screen gives excellent contrast with rich, true to life color. Additionally, the screen also comes with touch panel technology for more intuitive and fun, including an innovative Touch Shutter function lets you release the shutter right from the screen by use one touch with your finger.



+ 10.1MP 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor

+ 28-336mm Equivalent UA Lens

+ 12x Optical & 4x Digital Zoom

+ 3.0″ PureColor LCD Display

+ DIGIC 5 Image Processor & HS System

+ Hybrid, Optical & Intelligent IS

+ Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound

+ High Sensitivity 100-3200 ISO

+ Low Light & High-Speed Burst Modes

+ Best Image, Smart AUTO & Shutter


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