Excerpt: Nice pocket size camera at an affordable price, with excellent battery life. The results are reasonable to good on wide angle and up to 3x zoom, however if you go all the way to 4x the results are truly appalling, very fuzzy and pixely. Don't even try the digital zoom because the results are a joke.
Summary: Loved my Canon Powershot A10 -- an oldie but goodie. Still takes absolutely great photos even tho the hinge on the battery compartment is broken, and I'm using tape to hold it shut. Bought the 520 with high expectations. What I got was disappointment. 1- I have thrown out many photos.
Summary: I have so many problems whenever I ask someone to take my picture. They either can't figure out how to hold the button down to take the picture and try to tell me the camera doesn't work or return the camera to me thinking they took the picture when they didn't. Or they take an out of focus picture.
Not At all Satisfied with Canon's Quality Assurance Process
Kaushik Chatterjee, Amazon
10 February 2006
Summary: I bought this camera over four months back. Here are the pros It takes good pictures when the ambient lighting is good Here are the cons It does not take any good pics when the ambient lighting is bad and hence you get grainy images.
Summary: I've owned this camera for six months now, and a lot of my happiness with this camera has faded. Others have discussed many of the reasons I bought this camera - great size, great zoom, great price. I especially like how it autofocuses in portrait mode.
A lot of Good Points, however one deal breaker for me.
L. Reda "Rocco & Martini's Mom", Amazon
8 January 2006
Summary: I like a lot of things about this digital camera: *Cute, small, easy to hold and comfortable to operate. *Simple controls, easy to use and understand. *Very clear LCD display. *Takes nice crisp pictures and the flash works well. *Great sound quality on the movie mode.
Summary: My wife bought a Canon A520 a couple of months ago after doing quite a bit of research. The camera takes good picutes and has many exposure options. Being able to use standard AA batteries is especially useful if you're traveling or outdoors and don't have ready access to a charger.
Summary: This is my third digital camera and I am well versed in computers. I had been lusting for a Canon A510 for about 8 months when I finally broke down and came to Amazon to buy it. The A520 had come out a few months ago and was pretty much the same price.
Summary: I have S400 so I did not beleive when many people mentioned here that A520 is slow.. But I regret it today. It is very slow between clicks.. I tried a very fast SD card.. no use, still it is slow.. On average it takes 5-6 sec between clicks. sometimes much more..