Reviews and Problems with Canon IXUS 1100 HS / ELPH 510 HS
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Canon Powershot ELPH 510 HS Review
Digital Camera Review
9 October 2013
Summary: Conclusion Smartphones with ever better on-board cameras are ruthlessly encroaching on the point and shoot camera's territory, which goes a long way toward explaining why lots of digital cameras now come equipped with touchscreen LCD's and other smartphone features. If you use your camera ONLY for snapshots, recording impromptu video clips of your children and pets, and producing "selfies" to upload to Facebook and YouTube, then you'll probably be fine with just your...
Pros: 12x zoom, Pocketable, Relatively inexpensive, Very good to excellent image quality
Cons: Below average battery life, Imprecise touchscreen controls
Summary: PCMag.com, CNET, DigitalCameraInfo.com and CameraLabs.com offer the most thorough test-based reviews of the Canon PowerShot Elph 510 HS. All provide lengthy evaluations with plenty of product comparison, while Steves-Digicams.com has a stand-alone write-up that includes sample photos. User reviews at Amazon.com help to confirm expert findings.
Pros: Bright 3.2-inch touch-screen LCD, Huge 12x zoom lens, Extra image stabilization, Full HD (1080p) video, Optical zoom lens works in video mode, HDMI port for easy TV playback
Cons: Finicky touch screen, Weak flash, Short battery life
Summary: The Canon ELPH 510 HS (IXUS 1100 HS) is a slim, stylish compact with a lot to offer both in terms of features and image quality. Our only real concerns relate to chromatic aberrations, which can be a problem around high-contrast scene elements, and its touch-screen interface, which isn't as responsive as we'd like.
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot Elph 510 HS is a very good choice if you want a lot of zoom from a small camera body, and you prefer a touch screen to physical controls. But poor low-light performance and a slow start-up time hold this compact superzoom back.
Pros: High-res touch-screen LCD. Sharp lens. Solid build quality. Good HD video quality.
Conclusion: If you can live with the quirks of the Canon IXUS 1100 HS's interface, you will be rewarded with sharp, colourful images with good dynamic range. However, with a price of £350, you may not want to.
Excerpt: Canon's IXUS range has a reputation for combining both stylish design and excellent performance in a compact body, and the IXUS 1100HS appears to continue this tradition, but how does it perform...
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot 510 HS is a solid 12MP camera with a very useful 12x zoom. Image quality is very good and the movies are more than satisfactory. Optical Image Stabilization is also a real plus. We had our issues with the touchscreen interface and would strongly recommend you try it out before purchasing—or just make sure the retailers doesn’t have a restocking fee in case it disappoints.
Pros: Good quality stills/videos, Nicely implemented touchscreen UI, Compact package, large 12x zoom
Cons: Definitely for static subjects, Relatively slow AF response, Sub-par battery life (get a spare)
Summary: The Canon ELPH 510 HS / IXUS 1100 HS is Canon's top-of-the-line ELPH / IXUS. Announced in August 2011, it claims to be the world's slimmest compact with a 12x optical zoom; it's certainly the longest zoom range of any ELPH / IXUS model to date.
The ELPH 510 HS / IXUS 1100 HS has a 3.2 inch touch-screen with 16:9 proportions and, in common with all 2011 ELPH / IXUS HS models, a 12.1 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor.
Pros: 12x zoom with intelligent optical stabiliser., Super-slim stylish compact design., 1080p24 movie mode., Creative filter effects.
Cons: Lens suffers from chromatic aberration., Average continuous shooting speed., Touch-screen can be unresponsive., Flash and mics easily obstructed.
Excerpt: Canon continues to add new and exciting models to their popular PowerShot ELPH HS line, and the ELPH 510 HS is no exception. This model replaces the ELPH 500 HS we reviewed earlier this year, with some much appreciated upgrades. The most notable of these is the impressive 12x optical zoom lens with Canon's legendary Optical IS (Image Stabilization) system.
Conclusion: The Canon IXUS 1100 HS is a very good choice if you are looking for a pocket digital camera with a combination of a longer zoom lens and touch control. Once you get used to the screen and improve your touch accuracy it responds well. Picture quality compares favourably with other pocket cameras. The style and build suggest a bit of extra class too. The IXUS 1100 HS ticks most of the boxes for a camera in this category.