Conclusion: It would be hard to find a more suitable first digital camera for the novice digital photographer than the PowerShot A520. No matter what the situation, the A520 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, 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: High noise at ISO 400, 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: Canon Powershot A520 - Surprisingly versatile The Canon Powershot A520 is available in the market for a few months now and is enjoying a lot of attention from the consumer. The camera deserves it too! Despite the low entry character of the camera, the A520 features a huge potency and due to its versatility it offers the user an excellent tool to grow to a higher level of photography.
Conclusion: The Canon A520 is lightweight camera with credibility. When you are out-and-about, it can go with you without slowing you down. For the money, it will give you great shots of your family and personal events. The thing I liked the best was its ease-of-use, and I liked the availability of usable manual controls. You can actually use this inexpensive camera to learn about the fundamentals of photography and have enough features to take shots without thinking.
Pros: Lightweight and compact, Manual controls, Readily available AA batteries, Anti-shake technology
Cons: No ISO info in EXIF data, Shutter lag very noticeable, Monitor is small compared to comparable cameras, Noise at higher ISO settings, Plastic body
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
Summary: The Canon PowerShot A520 is an attractive,
compact and affordable digital camera perfect
for an aspiring photographer. It improves upon
the hugely popular PowerShot A85 with 4 megapixel
resolution and 4x optical zoom. It has the image
quality Canon is famous for, its 4.0 megapixels
resolution allows 11x14 in.
Excerpt: History often repeats itself and the past can be a good gauge of the future. Canon's "A" series digicams have been industry leaders since the introduction of the groundbreaking little A20. Last year's A75, A85, and A95 were huge sellers because Canon listened to what consumers wanted in entry-level digicams (excellent image quality, Point & Shoot simplicity, manual exposure capability, first rate optics, exceptional ergonomics, speedy operation, super power management, a...
Conclusion: As you can gather from the Cost section of this review you can buy cheaper four megapixel digital cameras. So the question is why would you pay the extra for the Powershot A520? A lot comes down to the features it has. If you think you will make use of all the features offered by this model then it is probably worth paying the extra money.
Excerpt: Just some brief notes while I get around to writing this
properly: It takes rather nice pictures for a medium-priced compact
digital camera, so long as you don't want enlargements. Some
pictures taken by it are on display in the photography section of my website.