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CanonPowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Silver)
 
4.5

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (24)
  • Good image quality (23)
  • Large clear LCD (23)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Zoom range/performance (21)

Cons

  • Short battery life (6)
  • Lag / shutter delay (5)
  • No viewfinder (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (25)
  • Family photos (21)
  • Landscape/scenery (18)
  • Low light (16)
  • Video (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Camera

I upgraded to this camera from a Powershot SD960IS for the zoom. I also used a SD1100IS for years, both excellent snapshot cameras.

I was always impressed with the photos...Read complete review

I upgraded to this camera from a Powershot SD960IS for the zoom. I also used a SD1100IS for years, both excellent snapshot cameras.

I was always impressed with the photos I got from the 960, but the SX260HS just takes better photos and in a broader range of conditions. Audio recording and video is much improved too. If you know your way around Cannon's menu, this camera is a breeze to set up an operate. The 960 is a wide scree 16:9 format and at first I was disappointed at the 260 4:3 format until I realized both cameras have the same 16:9 resolution, the 260 just adds more image capture area.

I've taken about 500 photos and 60 minutes of video at the highest quality settings and in environments that range from live concerts to sunny landscapes and this camera is an improvement in image quality, speed, performance. I rarely use the flash. The zoom works very well, but a snapshot camera is a bit more difficult to hold steady. It could use a remote fire mechanism.

There are a number of features, like blink detectors and face recognition and instead of a straight time delay, will detect an individual entering a frame. The GPS works well. These feature are gimmicks to me at the moment, but in time I'll probably wonder how I lived all these years without.

I bought extra battery and SD card, but have yet to need them.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Takes forever to focus using zoom!

The camera is attractive and seemed to work well in low light. I am returning it due to poor performance in focusing while zooming. It takes way too long to focus! I have...Read complete review

The camera is attractive and seemed to work well in low light. I am returning it due to poor performance in focusing while zooming. It takes way too long to focus! I have always liked Canon products and have ordered he elph 310 hs, and hope it performs better. I did like the touchscreen and it was easy to use.

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5.0

I would buy this product again

By Phil Z

from Littleton, Colorado

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Red):

I have used the product and I am very pleased with it. I just wish it had a viewfiner as the LCD display is very difficult to see in bright sunlight.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Excellent Camera

By Yositime

from New England

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Black):

    I upgraded to this camera from a Powershot SD960IS for the zoom. I also used a SD1100IS for years, both excellent snapshot cameras.

    I was always impressed with the photos I got from the 960, but the SX260HS just takes better photos and in a broader range of conditions. Audio recording and video is much improved too. If you know your way around Cannon's menu, this camera is a breeze to set up an operate. The 960 is a wide scree 16:9 format and at first I was disappointed at the 260 4:3 format until I realized both cameras have the same 16:9 resolution, the 260 just adds more image capture area.

    I've taken about 500 photos and 60 minutes of video at the highest quality settings and in environments that range from live concerts to sunny landscapes and this camera is an improvement in image quality, speed, performance. I rarely use the flash. The zoom works very well, but a snapshot camera is a bit more difficult to hold steady. It could use a remote fire mechanism.

    There are a number of features, like blink detectors and face recognition and instead of a straight time delay, will detect an individual entering a frame. The GPS works well. These feature are gimmicks to me at the moment, but in time I'll probably wonder how I lived all these years without.

    I bought extra battery and SD card, but have yet to need them.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    My great pocket camera

    By Rog

    from Greenville, Mi

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Black):

      I use this camera for those unexpected shots
      Size is great, and the zoom is great

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Good quality camera

      By None

      from Spokane, WA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Red):

      I love my new camera. Good quality for a reasonable price. It's easy to use and the picture quality is excellent. The only negative that I could say is that it uses up batteries rather quickly. I bought and extra battery to have on hand.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      companion to my iPhone

      By Juan the Rican

      from New York City

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Black):

        easy menu to access,the ability to zoom in and out while taking movies is amazing. However the auto mode feature does not renders the sharpest of images. It lacks a menu for sunsets.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 5
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Very good camera

        By Tiger

        from Farmington Hills, MI

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Black):

        Great camera in "Auto" mode, but there are too many adjustments and programs in the non-automatic mode.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        So far, a very nice camera!

        By The Brian

        from MSP

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Black):

        I brought the camera to Disney World for a family vacation, its taken some amazing pictures and video. I bought 3 - 32 Gig cards and two extra batteries. I still haven't filled the first card, the batteries were a good idea that I would recommend. I work as a professional cameraman and am used to a much larger video camera. Its so small that its hard for me to hold it steady when shooting video, but that's operator error. for this amount of money I think its amazing!

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great Choice

        By Kbock

        from Long Island, New York

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Black):

        I purchased this camera to take to Disney World with my family so I didn't have to carry around my DSLR. I performed very well in just about every scenario. I took around 650 photo's and they came out great. The only times photo's were below par was indoors in badly lit areas. The camera took great outdoor night photo's however. Touch screen works well but for Iphone / Ipad users it takes a while to get used to the fact that you need to apply much more pressure to the screen than you are used to. Camera feel is good in your hand. A sure fit with a little weight which I prefer. I hope this review is helpful.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        poor touchscreen

        By droop

        from Rio de Janeiro, BR

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Touchscreen

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Silver):

        great picture quality, but the touchscreen is very unresponsive.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 5
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great camera in a small package !!

        By CBM2

        from Baton Rouge, LA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Red):

          Used primarily for family photos. Great pictures, super zoom, good movies, fast shots, quick start-up, fantastic name brand, and all fits in my pocket -- WOW --what more could I ask for especially for the price.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Amazing Features!

          By Kelsey In India

          from New Delhi, IN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Red):

          The camera has been super user friendly and takes amazing photos. All of the different settings allows me to take a photo during any situation. I particularly love the color boost and hand-held night shot. The touch screen takes a little more time than I would like, but it's not too bad.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Great camera loaded with features !

          By Binny

          from Australia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Red):

          The website gives explicit description of this camera, giving 3D swivel views, technical info, operation features, thus makes the selection process so simple and easy!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Very handy, I carry anytime.

          By winalen

          from Manila, Philippines

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Silver):

            I like it because of its touch screen feature and the program options where I could choose the type of photo I could produce.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Canon does it again

            By tandem biker

            from Anna Maria Island Florida

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Its all good
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • None of these nothing bad

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Red):

            everyday use
            love the zoom plus awesome extra features
            big screen to view and shoot from
            great all around camera size is wonderful to its easy to bring along

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Takes forever to focus using zoom!

            By Martek

            from Northwest Ohio

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Limited Zoom
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Red):

            The camera is attractive and seemed to work well in low light. I am returning it due to poor performance in focusing while zooming. It takes way too long to focus! I have always liked Canon products and have ordered he elph 310 hs, and hope it performs better. I did like the touchscreen and it was easy to use.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Camera!!

            By JMan

            from Bridgewater, CT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • AWESOME QUALITY
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Skiing
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Silver):

            I like to use a point & shoot camera for hiking, skiing & other activities when I don't like to carry my Canon T2i. My first digital camera was something other than a Canon, & I won't make that mistake again.
            This camera is awesome. I spent a few minutes looking around to find out where to find the settings & that was all it took. It's very user friendly & works remarkably well in different light conditions. I also like the slim body which allows me to to carry the camera easily, even in a hard shell case. Having HD video capability will add a new twist to my shooting experiences. I have no complaints with the ELPH 510 at all.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            The best camera is the one in your hand

            By PG

            from Bermuda

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

              Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Black):

              I have several DSLR cameras, so I purchased this as a day-to-day camera. I can easily carry it around in my pocket to ensure I always have a camera with me to capture a moment and to take with me to sporting events that frown on professional looking equipment. I selected this over other models due to the zoom and ability in low light, and have not been disappointed with the picture quality.

              My only complaint is that the battery life is really short. If you go on vacation with the camera, you will need to charge it daily or buy additional batteries.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Happy with my new machine

              By Coringao

              from Orlando, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Red):

              Very pleased with this purchase. Fair price, honest product. Merry Christmas, and thank you.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              A lot in a little package

              By Geekoplex

              from Southington, CT

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Poor Flash

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Black):

              Very handy when out on walks and I do not want to lug around my 8 lbs DSLR.

              Very powerful zoom (12X) in a small package.

              So far all is good.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Good point and shoot with many features

              By Bruce

              from Baltimore, Maryland

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Touchscreen is confusing

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera (Silver):

              Beware using the ImageBrowser software that comes with the camera with Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2. Not only does it not work with Lion, it replaces whatever other version of ImageBrowser was installed. Canon says this problem will be resolved sometime after the first of the year.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 7
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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