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: 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: 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: 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.
Excerpt: Introduction: The Canon Powershot A520, is available for £176 / $249 - and is a 4 megapixel digital camera, with a 4x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-140mm on a 35mm camera), and a 1.8" TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a silver metal and plastic body. It records limited 640 x 480 / 10fps videos with sound. The camera takes two AA batteries. The camera's size is: 90.7 x 64 x 38.4mm.
Pros: Very good image quality - very good colour, 4x optical zoom lens, Quite compact, Manual controls (shutter, aperture, focus, custom white balance), Take AA batteries, Focus-assist lamp, Auto-rotates images, Expandable with additional lenses / additional flash
Cons: Plastic tripod mount (despite the metal body), Sluggish (compared to the IXUS 30, and Sony S60/S80), Outdated movie mode (limited to 30seconds, or 3minutes depending on size), Slightly high noise at ISO200 and ISO400