New Canon PowerShot ELPH Cameras

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Some people say that the end of point-and-shoot cameras is near; that they will be displaced by cell-phone cameras. Well, that can’t possibly be true, as some of the best point and shoots ever made are just now being announced. Canon’s new PowerShot ELPH 520 HS and PowerShot ELPH 110 HS are perfect examples—there is no way that cell-phone cameras can compete with these gems.

The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera is a marvel of modern engineering. Only about three-quarters of an inch thick, the ELPH 520 HS nonetheless incorporates a new 12x optical zoom lens that feeds scenery to a new 1/3-inch 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor. The new sensor was designed specifically for use with the new lens, the result being bright and clear images throughout the full zoom range of 28 to 336mm (the 35mm equivalent focal length). The 12x optical zoom works in conjunction with a 4x digital zoom for an overall 48x zoom with optical image stabilization keeping things steady. A high-speed burst mode captures 6.8 frames per second at a resolution of 1824 x 1368 pixels. A DIGIC 5 image processor orchestrates the entire image-capture process and offers an ISO range that goes up to 3200.

Video capture with the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is just as impressive as with still images. The camera can capture 1080p full HD video with stereo sound at 24 frames per second (fps), as well as 720p HD video at 30 fps, and you can use the full optical zoom range while shooting video. If you like, you can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame format.

A dedicated movie button makes it easy to start and stop video recording exactly when you want to, with no menus getting in your way. An electronic wind filter suppresses wind noise when shooting outdoors. You can view captured video on an HDTV via the HDMI output. The camera supports HDMI-CEC technology, or Consumer Electronic Control, so you can control the camera using your TV’s remote control.

Other tricks up the ELPH 520’s sleeve include a super slow motion movie mode that records video at 640 x 480 pixels at 120 fps or 320 x 240 pixels at 240 fps. When played back at 30 fps, the action is seen at 1/4 or 1/8 normal speed, which is ideal for watching sports replays and studying motion. Other features of the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS include a 3.0-inch, 461,000-dot PureColor LCD and Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shooting situations. This mighty mite camera measures only 3.43 x 2.12 x 0.76 inches and weighs just 5.47 ounces.

If you like what the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has to offer, but it’s more camera than you need, then consider its little brother, the PowerShot ELPH 110 HS. Calling the ELPH 110 HS a little brother is a bit misleading, since the 110 is slightly larger than the 520, but the 110 costs less, weighs less and has a less powerful optical zoom lens.

Although it costs less, weighs less and has a less powerful zoom, the PowerShot ELPH 110 HS has a higher resolution image sensor than the 520. The 110 has a 16.1-megapixel 1/3-inch sensor coupled to the DIGIC 5 image processor. The zoom lens on the 110 is a less powerful 5x optical unit with a 35 mm equivalent focal length of 24-120 mm, paired with a 4x digital zoom. The burst mode of the 110 is a bit slower than the 520, with continuous shooting at 5.8 fps with a resolution of 2304 x 1728 pixels.

The PowerShot ELPH 110 HS is otherwise nearly identical to the 520, with the same video-capture abilities, high-speed capture at 120 fps and 240 fps, the 3.0-inch 461,000 dot LCD and Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shooting situations.

  Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS Digital Camera Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera 
Resolution Effective: 16.1 Megapixel, Actual Pixels: 16.8 Megapixel Effective: 16.8 Megapixel, Actual Pixels: 10.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/3" CMOS 1/3" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG - Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV - Audio: Linear PCM Still Images: JPEG - Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV - Audio: Linear PCM
Max Resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Image Stabilization Optical Optical
Zoom Optical: 5x - Digital: 4x (35mm equivalent: 24-120mm) Optical: 12x - Digital: 4x (35mm equivalent: 28-336mm)
ISO  100 - 3200 100 - 3200
Shutter Info not available  15 - 1/4000 Sec
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Face Detection, Spot Center-weighted, Evaluative, Face Detection, Spot
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten
Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec 10 Sec, 2 Sec
Built-in Flash Yes: Auto, Flash On, Off, Slow Sync Yes: Auto, Flash On, Off, Slow Sync
Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.6 - 11' - Telephoto: 3 - 6.6'   Wide: 1.6 - 8.2' - Telephoto: 3 - 4.9'  
Recording Media  SD, SDHC, SDXC microSD, microSDHC
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL Yes, NTSC/PAL
Screen 3" LCD Rear Screen (461000 pixels) 3" LCD Rear Screen (461000 pixels)
Connectivity AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0 AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0
Battery NB-11L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery NB-9L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery 
AC Power Adapter CA-DC10 (Optional) CA-DC10 (Optional)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.67 x 2.24 x 0.79" / 93.22 x 56.90 x 20.07 mm 3.43 x 2.12 x 0.76" / 8.71 x 5.38 x 1.93 cm
Weight 4.76 oz / 135 g 5.47 oz / 155 g

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If it's true that the 110 has 1/3inch sensor with 16MP on it - that's defenetely not good. Low light photos will be very grainy when you try to use higher ISO.

"...that records video at 640 x 480 pixels and 120 fps or 320 x 240 pixels at 240 fps...."

Should be "...video at 640 x 480 pixels at 120 fp..."

Thanks for reading, and thanks for pointing out the typo. It has been corrected.

I have owned (3) ELPH's......I really like them because of their size.

Presently I own the 1100 and it has served me well with sharp photos and videos.My biggest complaint is zooming in.....I can't get any good photos when I zoom

I also have a problem with indoor lighting. Too dark, lots of red eye, and if I slightly zoom in, forget it, the photo is not worth keeping.I don't know if it is me or the camera. 

I probably would like to update, any suggestions?