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Canon-powershot-a520.1055470
4.6 out of 10

Canon PowerShot A520

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Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot A520

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Overall 2
2.0

It was broke when I got it

traveler1928, Ebay
4 January 2014
  • Summary: The problem I have with this camera is the shutter does NOT open automatically if I want to take a picture. I can open it manually each time I want to take a picture.
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Overall 2
2.0

First digital camera

Overstock
8 September 2007
  • Summary: This was the perfect package for me, as I have never had a digital camera before. It's easy to use, has more accessories than I know what to do with (yet) and the price was very good.
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Overall 2
2.0

First digital camera

Overstock
8 September 2007
  • Summary: This was the perfect package for me, as I have never had a digital camera before. It's easy to use, has more accessories than I know what to do with (yet) and the price was very good.
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Overall 2
2.0

not that great

C. D. groff, Amazon
9 June 2006
  • Summary: This is a point and shoot camera. But if the lens cover doesn't open fully you can point and shoot to your heart's content and what you end up with are crap pictures! Read some of the other A520 reviews...this is an on-going problem with this model. I sent it in to Canon for repair. To their credit it only took 1 day but the problem was not resolved when I got it back. The retractable lens cover sometimes sticks halfway open covering part of the image.
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Overall 2
2.0

Avoid; E18 error very common.

madeinusa, Amazon
9 June 2006
  • Summary: This camera and all Canon A-series cameras should be avoided. Do a search for "canon e18" on Google and you will see complaints from thousands of people talking about an error these cameras experience that renders them useless. Essentially what happens is the retractable lens gets stuck and the camera ceases to function. I have recommended a Canon A-series to two friends and both have had this problem.
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Overall 2
2.0
Ease of use 4
4.0
Durability 2
2.0
Battery performance 6
6.0
Photo quality 6
6.0
Shutter lag 4
4.0

MOST UNRELIABLE CAMERA, NEVER NEVER BUY THIS PRODUCT, BUY SOMETHING ELSE PLEASE

jeromevin, epinions.com
12 April 2006
  • Excerpt: I BOUGHT THE CANON A520 from Circuit Circuit City, in 2 months the Zoom got stuck, and the camera co
  • Pros: NOTHING, If this is not durable, any other goodness is not worth mentioning at all.
  • Cons: Piece not reliable, Will work only for a couple of months.
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Overall 2
2.0

Fatal E18 error after a few hours of use

A camera geek "Early Adopter", Amazon
26 December 2005
  • Summary: We bought this camera for our 15 year old daughter after having very positive experiences with other Canon cameras. It died with the "E18" error on Christmas Day after she had taken a few dozen pictures. I then Googled Canon and E18 and discovered just how common this problem is. I guess Canon is cutting some design/manufacturing corners. Too bad since their cameras take great pictures.
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Overall 2
2.0

Very disappointing

BookAddict, Amazon
19 December 2005
  • Summary: If you ever need to take indoor shots in succession, DO NOT buy this camera. I loved my last Canon and went with this one which was newer, but in the same series. The recharge time for the flash is terrible between 7 & 15 seconds and really makes a difference when you're trying to capture the perfect shot. The reason seems to be that this model only uses 2 batteries. The A620 is entirely worth the extra $100 since it has 4 batteries and the fold out screen.
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Overall 2
2.0
Ease of use 6
6.0
Durability 4
4.0
Battery performance 6
6.0
Photo quality 2
2.0
Shutter lag 6
6.0

Three times, Canon has tried but failed to repair the thing!

dontbuycanon, epinions.com
7 October 2005
  • Excerpt: Don't look too closely at your photos from the A520 taken at max.
  • Pros: Small size, 4x zoom, AA batteries.
  • Cons: Hope you don't get an optically defective unit.
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Overall 2
2.0
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10
Ease of use 10
10
Durability 10
10
Customer support 6
6.0

Canon A520 Review

Kate S, Unbeatable
23 May 2006
  • Excerpt: This is a great Canon camera producing quality photographs, which can be used automatically or manually as you wish, and is not nearly as complicated as it first appears - the menus are easy to negotiate. The 4 X zoom is a bonus, and you get a lot of features for your money. Highly recommended.
  • Pros: Great quality snaps - excellent battery life.
  • Cons: It is a bit slow especially the flash re-charge.
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