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Canon PowerShot A520

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Expert Review

DP Review
29 July 2006
  • 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
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Overall 10
10
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 9
9.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 10
10
Durability 9
9.0

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
24 April 2006
  • 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.
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Photography Review
8 December 2005
  • 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
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Canon PowerShot A520

Digital Photography Interface
11 August 2005
  • 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
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Canon PowerShot A520

Photoxels
25 June 2005
  • 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.
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Expert Review

Steve's Digicams
9 March 2005
  • Summary: Canon's PowerShot A520 compact digital camera combines the simplicity of a family-focused camera, a high resolution four megapixel image sensor and a powerful 4x optical zoom to produce pictures that you can be proud of with the image quality Canon is renowned for. Named for their use of AA batteries, Canon's A-series digital cameras offer comfortably placed controls and feature high image quality in order for consumers to capture, save and share images of meaningful...
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Overall 8
7.6
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Photo quality 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Color and saturation 9
9.0

Canon Powershot A520

Cameras
8 August 2014
  • 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.
  • Pros: Very good feature set for the price
  • Cons: Limited movie recording times
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Canon PowerShot A520 digital still camera

CameraTim.com
11 March 2006
  • 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.
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Expert Review

Digicam Review
12 February 2006
  • 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
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Overall 8
7.5
Value for money 8
7.5
Features 10
10
Ease of use 5
5.0
Performance 8
7.5
Picture quality 5
5.0

Expert Review

Digital Camera Magazine
28 December 2005
  • Summary: For anyone on a budget who wants as much control and customisation as possible, the Canon PowerShot is hard to beat. Slight niggles with low-light autofocus and red-eye tendencies are our only real criticism. The handy size and easy controls make it a dream to use – it’s a brilliant ‘out and about’ camera.
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