Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS
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Jessica B. Hart, Amazon
23 May 2014
Summary: I generally like Kodak but thought I would give Canon a try. I am not very impressed with the quality of photos and don't use 90% of the functions. The zoom quality is pretty good...I was able to get some neat pictures of the Blood Moon a few months ago, but otherwise it is just a basic camera. The software comes with way too much stuff that I also don't use other than downloading the pictures to my computer.
Summary: Much more cumbersome to use than our previous PowerShot camera. Good video quality. Still pictures auto focus will not hold true focus, all looks good until you spap a picture, then it may or may not give you a clear pic. Not all that happy so far.
Good zoom, but needs higher resolution and more robustness
Lyman L. Parkhurst, Amazon
16 February 2014
Summary: Second day I used the camera on a 3-week trip and it got dropped. Screen got multiple cracks, but still worked. Have had several previous similar Canon cameras, dropped them all a number of times and never cracked a screen. The lens cover looks cool, but the fan blade shaped cover looks delicate. By the end of the 3-weeks of heavy use it would frequently not completely close.
Summary: I had a Canon Power Shot before this one that I liked alot better ~ took great pictures. This one ~ not so good. Consequently I use my phone camera the most. I was hoping this would have sharper pictures.
Summary: Photo quality was below my expectation for a Canon. The camera body itself, however, is stunningly sleek and sharp. If you're looking for a light carry-around camera for snapshots to post on social networking sites, this is the one to get. I highly recommend getting a few backup batteries though, the battery life isn't enough to last even the most conservative camera user.
Summary: This is a beautifully designed, slightly retro looking camera with a metal body and precise mechanics. After using it for a couple of weeks, I had to agree w/ some of the pro reviewers: it looks much better than it performs. In some of the Program modes the image quality is just fine, but in the quick point and shoot Auto action, and especially when using the zoom, image focus and sharpness were hit and miss.
Summary: I have always been a huge Canon fan but this camera seemed to never work very well. The pictures just never seemed to impress me like the previous 2 canon compacts I owned. I still love the brand but will be more skeptical in the future. Also the black metal seems to scratch easily.
Wanted this as replacement for Elph SD780, but not a big enough improvement.
7 September 2012
Summary: I bought this as a replacement for my old Canon Elph SD780 IS (at least four years old). I spent an afternoon taking side-by-side shots with the new camera, my old Elph, and my iPhone. The pros: - It takes beautiful pictures if you're going to use them small. Colors/exposure are great - what I've come to expect from Canon. - Interface is great - minimal - excellent ease-of-use. - Big display is nice.
Summary: I bought the camera to replace a 10 year old Canon S1 IS and I was a little disappointed with some of the features. The one feature I really appreciate is the Low Light Focus of the camera in full zoom. My S1 was pretty useless at full zoom unless it was bright sunlight, but the ELPH 520ES is excellent. The cons are that it isn't as sharp as I expected.
Summary: Have purchsed this camera a little over a month ago. I am very pleased with the performance and quality of pictures it takes - nice! The problem I've noticed however that when placing the battery back in the camera once it has been fully-charged (for example), it will not turn on. I discovered that by taking the battery OUT and putting it back IN about 5-10x times, it suddenly starts to work again. I suspect it could be a battery contact problem but am not sure?