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CanonPowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Red)
 
4.4

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (47)
  • Compact (42)
  • Good image quality (41)
  • Zoom range/performance (38)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (33)

Cons

  • Short battery life (9)
  • No viewfinder (7)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)
  • Poor image quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (40)
  • Travel (35)
  • Landscape/scenery (31)
  • Low light (20)
  • Video (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (42), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So far, so good...

I use this for everyday photos, mostly street scenes, night sky & animal shots. I like the portability, it is very light & easy to put in my purse or...Read complete review

I use this for everyday photos, mostly street scenes, night sky & animal shots. I like the portability, it is very light & easy to put in my purse or pocket. If you turn off the review you can take very quick shots in succession without using the burst setting. The quality of the photos is very nice, I just have to figure out how to use the settings a little more. The only real adjustment I've had to make is due to the small size of the camera I've accidentally pushed buttons I didn't mean to, but, that's getting better. Has a fairly(but not horribly) short battery life, I bought extras. Uses micro sd cards but many come with an adapter so you can use a regular card reader, or they make them for micros too. Overall I am very happy with my little Elph. Also with B & H, had best price for this item I could find.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Expected better

I got this product to take pictures for college life, and touring, and was quite disappointed.I didn't want THE best camera, but a working one. It was good because it's easy to carry...Read complete review

I got this product to take pictures for college life, and touring, and was quite disappointed.I didn't want THE best camera, but a working one. It was good because it's easy to carry around, though I didnt like the thickness of it that bulged out of my pocket. Its a nice color, does its job. What I didn't like about it, was that A. It's really thick, B. The battery is horrible, it dies so quickly. I try charging more, or charging less, either way it was constantly dying. It's a slow camera, when I click the shooting or recording button, it takes a good few seconds for it to take the shot, or begin the recording. It's very frustrating, and annoying. What I liked about it was that it did not scratch easily, though it fell often. So no, I would not recommend this to anyone. I got this because it was the latest one, but compared to my friends, who had older versions, they had a better and easier time.

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5.0

Quality photos & video in small package

By mdrs

from Allentown, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Red):

    Easily fits in your pocket, yet takes top quality stills and HD video. Long battery life. Perfect backpack camera.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    First canon camera

    By Vijay

    from Queens NY

    Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

    I already own a camera, however I need one where I can just take out my pocket and snap. This purchase was worth the deal and so simple to use. My wife love it. The ISO features add benefit to it. Also the rechargeable bather is cost efficient . I would recommend it to someone who just need a cameras for every used without worrying about size.

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    2.0

    Expected better

    By Chocolate Crepe

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Great Zoom
    • Nice Body Color

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Poor Image Quality
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

      I got this product to take pictures for college life, and touring, and was quite disappointed.I didn't want THE best camera, but a working one. It was good because it's easy to carry around, though I didnt like the thickness of it that bulged out of my pocket. Its a nice color, does its job. What I didn't like about it, was that A. It's really thick, B. The battery is horrible, it dies so quickly. I try charging more, or charging less, either way it was constantly dying. It's a slow camera, when I click the shooting or recording button, it takes a good few seconds for it to take the shot, or begin the recording. It's very frustrating, and annoying. What I liked about it was that it did not scratch easily, though it fell often. So no, I would not recommend this to anyone. I got this because it was the latest one, but compared to my friends, who had older versions, they had a better and easier time.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great Camera

      By Joe Photographer

      from San Juan, PR

      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
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Silver):

      A great camera for the price, Big LCD display in small package. Canon change the battery configuration on this one (not square one as others Powershot) and the card is a micro sd (not included)

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      It's a grate camera!

      By Max

      from New York

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer
      Staff Reviewer

      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

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Red):

      compact and very easy to use

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Simply gorgeous

      By Jon The Tech

      from Washington

      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Red):

      The photo capabilities as well as the red exterior aesthetics are absolutely incredible. I have always enjoyed can and cameras for their capabilities of Zoom, image clarity and image video stabilization. The best part of the camera aside from that stunning beauty is the compact design, 12 times optical zoom in your pocket. I recommend this camera to all sentimental amateur photographers.

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      5.0

      good for the student and beginners

      By ferdie

      from north bergen new jersey

      About Me Semi-pro 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

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

        all is nice

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Stylish compact camera

        By Cil 25

        from Las Vegas

        About Me Casual 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

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Silver):

          Initial use, this camera works great. I am very please with the quality and style of the camera. I have made a few basic shots and as I have always bought canon compacts and loved them I imagine this one will be no different. I will use this for travel and family pics.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Customer Service was Great!

          By Ron

          from Richmond, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor Image Stabilization

          Best Uses

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Black):

            This is an excellent camera for the price. It focuses relatively quick. Moving objects will still take some doing, but still pics will be sharp.You should be amazed of long-range zoom shots, but holding the camera steady is a chore.I'm OK with the micro-SD card, but wish the battery was flat. The battery holds up well. One backup batt should be enough.Note: I returned my first one (another CO) because it would not focus on an intermittent basis. I have not had that problem with this one.I carry this camera with me everywhere; and can use it on-the fly. I enjoy taking pictures whild watching TV (for the heck of it.B/H customer Rep was pleasant, helpful and very knowledgeable.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Fast and easy! Incredible zoom!

            By jape the snape

            from colorado

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

            Easy to use right off the bat. Quick response time between shots.

            The zoom is nothing short of fantastic!

            Only negative is the very short battery life.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Pleased so far....

            By Alicia

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                I have not had too much of a chance to use the camera, but just playing around with it, it seems like exactly what I needed. I needed a small camera with a decent zoom, and this camera fits the bill

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great Deal

                By pwebman

                from Redondo Beach, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Silver):

                  Great little point and shoot. Not for sophisticated photography, but for carrying in my pocket when traveling (wife carries the big camera)it's perfect and you can't beat the price.

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                  5.0

                  GREAT DEAL

                  By YBSZ

                  from New York, NY

                  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

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Red):

                    This is a great deal for your money. It is a super great camera for a really good price. It is easy to use, and the quality is great.

                    B and H deserves a medal for how their customer service handled this sale. Seems like the USPS lost the original order. They patiently investigated and send another via UPS when they heard from the customer that they are more reliable.

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

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                    4.0

                    The best possible cost-benefit relation

                    By Moreno

                    from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Poor Flash

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Silver):

                    Simple. Intuitive. Precise. Inexpensive. The dream for any amateur...

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Excelent Compact Camera

                    By Jon

                    from Mexico / Guatemala

                    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
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Black):

                      Fast startup, great pictures, fast autofocus, very compact, 10x zoom in a small camera, only thing missing is wifi

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

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                      5.0

                      I like it

                      By RatBikeRandy

                      from Southeast

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • 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
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Silver):

                      There were several negative reviews of this camera, but it had the high optical zoom that I was looking for along with a reasonable megapixel of 10 (not 20+). I was replacing an ELPH SD450 with only a 3x zoom and 5 megapixel that I really liked. So far, so good. The CSR at B&H assured me of the 30 day return policy so I was confident in the purchase. The camera works as advertised and I am happy. Still learning the differences but it seems to take very good photos and works well most of the time on AUTO, even switching to macro mode when needed.

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

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                      4.0

                      I would buy this product again and again

                      By louis the photographer

                      from new york

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Black):

                      taiks good pictures. the meue buttens shuld be a bit esier to use.over all a good buy and very good priced

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

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                      5.0

                      its great having a lot of zoom

                      By photographerschool

                      from new york usa

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Kids
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

                        Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                        it has good quality
                        it's nice to have the zoom go so far

                        it doesn't take pictures from one to the next as fast as i would've liked it

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

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                        4.0

                        Nice little camera

                        By Davy B.

                        from Bartlett, IL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Silver):

                          This camera is small, light and elegant. It takes beautiful pictures if things don't move too much. On the down side it feels like a little bit fragile (small parts, thin plastic...) and struggles with fast action shooting, as all point & shoot will. This is no DSLR but rather an elegant, pocket camera that is stylish and delivers very clear pictures in normal everyday situations. It is also feature rich.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          it a good camera for my trip

                          By ioana

                          from columbia, sc

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Short Battery Life

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                          It was just what i need

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

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