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.
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 ...
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!
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Evolutionary Convergence: Is the Canon Powershot A520 the first real entry level prosumer Digicam? 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.
Pros: Compact, Proven platform, 4x Optical zoom
Cons: Noisy ISO 200-400 images, LCD doesn't automatically gain up in low light
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.
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.
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.