Conclusion: Everything we said about the PowerShot A520 applies equally to the A510; it would be hard to find a more suitable first digital camera for the novice digital photographer on a budget. No matter what the situation, the A510 turns out perfectly exposed and focused results shot after shot. And the fact that as well as idiot-proof 'point and shoot' modes and scene modes you get a full array of manual options means it's a camera that you can grow with as your skills develop.
Pros: Good resolution for a budget 3.2 megapixel camera, Bright, vivid - though natural - color, Good edge-to-edge sharpness, Useful new 35-140mm equiv. 4x zoom lens, Reliable focus and exposure, Lots of manual controls, Excellent build quality for a budget camera, Very little purple fringing, Excellent flash exposures and color, Good screen, Excellent battery life from 2x NiMH batteries, Zoom-linked flash, Usable manual focus, Playback histogram, Excellent value for money
Cons: Images need sharpening, Focus can be slow - especially at the long end of the zoom, Flash recycle way too slow, Minimum two-second shot-to-shot time, Slow start-up
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot A510 and A520 have both full manual controls and are very affordable. Despite a new 4x optical zoom lens and the ability to take overall great photos, the A510 and A520 both still lack something. If you read about the release of all 2005 Canon cameras, you'll know but anyway, here it is: The new DIGIC II processor. The usage of the "old" DIGIC processor make image processing rather slow for cameras in 2005 and horrible movie mode.
Pros: New 4x zoom lens, Compact, Ergonomic grip, A full array of manual controls, Excellent battery life, Overall sharp photos, Conversion lens compatibility, Variety of scene modes, Very affordable price
Cons: Mediocre movie mode, High noise levels, So-so LCD performance, Slow for 2005 cameras
Excerpt: Two of the hottest digital cameras
of 2004 were the Canon PowerShot A75 and A85. Both
were superior to the competition thanks to their picture
quality, full manual controls, and expandability. For
2005 Canon has gone even further with their replacements,
the A510 ($199)
and A520 ($299).
Pros: Excellent photo quality, 4X optical zoom lens, Full manual controls, unusual for a camera in this price range, Compact body feels solid for the price, Support for optional conversion lenses, external flash, underwater case, Above average battery life, Plenty of scene modes, Nice software bundle
Cons: Poor low light focusing, despite having an AF-assist lamp (worse than old models), Redeye (worse than old models), Movie mode still needs some work, Noisy images at ISO 200 and above, LCD doesn't "gain up" very much in low light, Including rechargeable batteries would've been a nice touch
Conclusion: Canon has produced another good camera with the Powershot A510. You will be hard pressed to find another digital camera in this price range that offers more features. It is a shame that the movie times haven't been stretched out more and although the shutter lag shouldn't pose you a problem the recycle times are above average.
Summary: The Canon A510 is a very capable camera and at this price, a terrific bargain. Image quality is exceptionally good, with spot-on metering and good auto-focus. Shutter lag is non-existent and the start-up time of just a second is very good for the price. In short, this is a nicely built piece of kit that works exceedingly well. This is a very good beginners camera, allowing new users to take great photos, and feel like a pro.
Canon PowerShot A510 - odlehčená verze legendy v praxi
3 February 2013
Excerpt: Jako první máme možnost vám přinést recenzi horké novinky od Canonu. Úspěšný model A75 je nahrazen modelem A510, který si ze svého předchůdce bere to nejlepší. Tělo fotoaparátu však bylo znatelně zmenšeno, nový objektiv poskytuje až čtyřnásobný optický zoom, rozlišení snímků 3 MPix zůstává a navíc komunikuje i v českém jazyce. Jak dopadl A510 v redakčním testu?