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CanonPower Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera
 
4.6

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (36)
  • Easy to use (34)
  • Zoom range/performance (30)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (28)
  • Large clear LCD (26)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (11)
  • Poor flash (4)
  • Short battery life (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (26)
  • Travel (24)
  • Family photos (23)
  • Low light (19)
  • Wildlife (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (18), Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Camera

I bought this at the last minute for a wildlife/hiking trip after reading good reviews.
The camera far exceeded my expectations and represents great value for money for me, a casual,...Read complete review

I bought this at the last minute for a wildlife/hiking trip after reading good reviews.
The camera far exceeded my expectations and represents great value for money for me, a casual, amateur user.
It is fast to start up, has no annoying shutter or card writing lag, is easy to use, produces great pictures and has an incredible optical zoom capability for it's size. Admittedly it is harder to find objects at full zoom with a screen than with a viewfinder but then I didn't have to carry my Canon SLR and lenses around.
Battery life also far exceeded my expectations. I purchased an extra battery for my 3 week trip but found I never needed it as power consumption was lower than I expected. Although it works well I did not use the wifi capability to upload photos to an ipad mini as I carry the card reader adaptor and found it convenient to use that instead.
The camera is a little square to carry comfortably in a pocket but all in all I love the results and the functionality …. it does as much as my Canon SLR does for a fraction of the bulk and price.
The only feature that is not built in is a GPS chip, but if you want to geotag your photos you can connect it to an iphone or other wifi geotagging device.
The flash has to be manually lifted to activate it … but I like that feature as it does not automatically fire when you might not want it to, for example photographing wildlife in low light conditions …. you have to consciously make the decision to use it.
There are still capabilities that I have not fully explored yet but I would highly recommend this camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Taking it back!

Not at all what I expected after reading the reviews! Slow to focus and the image quality is below par! I have other Canon cameras and wish I had taken one of them on...Read complete review

Not at all what I expected after reading the reviews! Slow to focus and the image quality is below par! I have other Canon cameras and wish I had taken one of them on my vacation instead of this one!

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5.0

I would buy this product again and again

By Admin

from Loretto, Pa

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

      Easy to use

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Just what I needed

      By CD

      from Georgia

      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
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

        couldn't be better

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great little Camera

        By Don

        from New Hampshire

        Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

        This little camra has lots of incredible zoom, bringing distant subjects in with beautiful detail. I really wanted the wi-fi connection to my iPad, and it works smoothly after a couple of times trying the details of the workflow. Small enough to carry easily, though too large for pocket. Lens cover clicks on and off easily, a great lifesaver for the lens. SD card didn't come with it, no big deal. The back of the camera has the same familiar buttons and dials as many other small Canon cameras. I'm very happy with this camera, excellent price through B&H.

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        5.0

        Great Christmas preasent

        By John_david

        from Dallas

        Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

        Bought this for my wife, and she loves it. Great little camera for a beginner/novice photographer.

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        5.0

        Amazing little camera

        By Traveling Viking

        from Kristiansand, Norway

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

        I am not a camera genius so when I received this camera and was able to understand the directions and use it right out of the box, I have to give it 5 stars.

        The WIFI cuts down on a lot of fussing with cables.

        My pictures are clear and stable and the camera is light and easy for a small woman like myself to carry around and use.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        size no matter, incredible quality

        By crazy cat

        from mexico, d.f.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        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
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

          Is my permanent companion, small, easy to hand, etc.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          GREAT CAMERA

          By RAPIDFIRE ENTERTAINMENT

          from BRONX, NEW YORK

          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

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

          GREAT COLOR, WI-FI WHERE I HAVE IT DIRECT CONNECTION WITH MY CANON SEPHY CP910 PRINTER WORKS GREAT. COMPACT IT OIN MY LITTLE VIDEO BAG

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again

          By Bud the fisherman

          from Punta Gorda, FL

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

          • Owners Manual Lacking Eno

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

          It is performing great. No problems or complaints. I would like the owners manual to be a little more complete as to what all those different symbols/letters are on the knob.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          good deal for the price

          By hawk

          from bay area

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

            I bought this for family and sports use -- something I could carry easily, use on auto mode, and that would produce better images and video than a phone.Keeping in mind that this is basically a cheaper point and shoot with extras, the overall image and video quality is very good and more than met my expections.One reason I picked this model was the big zoom -- although I would recommend a tripod if you want shaper images and steady video, it's very hard to get good sharp shots hand held with it zoomed out.Other pros are the flash for low light, the small and light size, and general simplicity of use.I tried to use the wifi and after wasting alot of time trying to connect, gave up on it, but it could have been an issue with my computer or wifi. My laptop has a built in card reader though so I just ended up using that to download images, much simpler.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Smooth and fast - better all around

            By Jim the non-Runner

            from Upper Midwest

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

              Zoom is smooth, not jittery like other brands. Auto-focus is fast, no matter if zooming, or using macro. Speaking of that, in Auto mode, the camera very quickly changes from regular to macro shooting, with auto-focus instantly ready to capture the image. The button-to-shutter has no delay. This is the next in a long line of Canon cameras to grace my camera bag, and I'm sure to be happy with it.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              A gift...

              By Robin

              from Massachusetts

              Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

              I got this camera as a gift for a family member, so I cannot yet tell about how it works. I can tell you that once again, bhphoto is absolutely the place to go for any camera needs. Their website is easy to navigate, their customer service reps are very knowledgable about their products and their shipping is fast, fast, fast! Product arrived next day- next day!!!! Superior!

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              4.0

              Light and easy camera for everyday use

              By Mike

              from Brandon

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

              I use it for family photo's all the time, its not heavy to carry around, with all features necessary, inclusive flash.Macros are not so brilliant in detail, but overall price-value relation is excellent.

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              • No

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              5.0

              What a great camera!!

              By Just Plain Bill

              from Mount Pleasant, SC

              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
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                I am a casual user these days, but I enjoy photography greatly. I haven't set up WiFi yet and since my 32 GB memory card will hold more than 9,000 pix, I might not. However, it may be good for backup purposes.

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                • No

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                5.0

                An excellent camera

                By Maxwell

                from Las Vegas, NV

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

                Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                Design, & construction is excellent. Camera is unusual in that it is lighter & smaller that anything on the market. Although a few other manufactures have an equivalent size but not the light weight. They weigh 2x more. It offers the photographer a choice of: auto, program, shutter speed or aperture control plus wide angle & an enormous range for telephoto. There is nothing yet available that matches its capabilities for anywhere near the price. I have found it to be ideal for using while hiking because it is so light & small. One outstanding feature is the design accommodates a grip for holding with your right hand & your fingers cannot block the focusing light. Photos & movies are excellent. It is now my camera of choice when mobile. I have other Canon & Pentax DSLR cameras & Canon point & shoot. This camera provides a number of features not yet available from other manufacturers.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent Camera

                By Maxwell

                from Las Vegas, NV

                Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                I have been very pleased with this camera. I already own two DSLRs & one small point & shoot Canon camera. For some environments the small point & shoot is perfect (long hikes where I don't want to carry much weight & volume), but the lens range is only 35-130 mm zoom. I found that often the telephoto range was not adequate. My DSLR cameras are perfect for top quality photography but they are heavy & I always carry at least two lenses with different zoom ranges. The result is the DSLRs have more weight & volume than I am comfortable with carrying on long hikes. The subject Canon SX510 is perfect for the situation where I want a small, light camera with a large zoom range & takes excellent photos. The camera is well designed & fabricated. I find no fault with it. I find it works extremely well for its intended purpose.

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                4.0

                Great Deal

                By Student

                from New York

                Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                Great quality pics even at full zoom. Manual settings are a little tricky though because you have to do it through settings rather than by the lens. Small enough for travel. Good price.

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                4.0

                Exced expectation

                By cornel

                from ogunquit,me

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                no comment

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great for Casual user & sightseeing

                By Auxeye85

                from New York, NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder
                • Poor Flash

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                Basically its a great point & click. The AUTO setting is perfect & really means you don't need to do anything to get a great photo. The Zoom is the best feature, it has a little extra zoom so you can really go close in but you need a steady hand. One thing it does do is do justice to those wide skyline photos, once on the tablet or computer you see just how great the pics are. Only real downside is that if you record something in Full HD, the battery life shortens no matter how much you had. So the spare battery is a must. Other than that it's a great camera & I've not even tried the other settings. The manual is a bit rubbish so id have to look online about how to use the extra settings but there is not much of a need. There is a more compact version for a bit more money but if you have a case then its all good. Well worth the money.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Canon Powershot SX 510

                By viswanthan

                from southlake TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                Among the point and shoot cameras this one stands out. Powerful zoom, 12.1 megapixel, and the most important feature the WiFi. You don't need the downloading chord and the card reader.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Camera

                By Raa Under

                from Philadelphia

                Comments about Canon Power Shot SX510 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                I haven't had the chance to shoot any video as of yet, but the pics are great. I took some shots at a concert recently several feet away from the stage, and the pics are wonderful.

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