Canon PowerShot ELPH 510HS Digital ELPH Camera, 12.1MP CMOS Sensor, 3.2 inch Wide Touch Panel LCD, 12x Optical Zoom Lens, Built-In Flash, Black

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About Canon 510 HS

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 510HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black) is a slender 12.1Mp point-and-shoot that goes beyond the genre's suggested capabilities. Of course, you can just point the 510 at your subject and click for a great photo, but Canon gave this Powershot multiple other functions to explore for expressing your creativity and enjoying the fruits of your shooting.

When it comes to the various shooting modes and special scene modes you'll have numerous options for putting your mark on each image you take. Portrait helps to create an artistic feel so your subject pops. Toy Camera Effect makes your images look like they were taken with a pinhole camera, creating a vignetting effect. Another example is the Super Vivid mode for highly saturated scenes with ultra-bright colors.

When it comes to utilizing the Intelligent IS mode you have six different versions to choose from. Normal, Panning, Hybrid, Dynamic, Powered and Tripod each give you the right level of image stabilization for your specific situation, resulting in the steadiest image possible. Functions such as Face Detection and Smart Shutter also help to take the guess work out of shooting for well exposed faces and for fun and creative filters to add to your shots.

The camera's 1080p HD video capture function is a multifaceted feature. With the CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 4 Image Processor working together to capture high res footage that will look great on even the biggest HDTV, you'll have movies you'll be proud to show the entire family. And while shooting, the dedicated Movie Button starts and stops recording with just a touch - with no need to navigate through a menu or dial.

The ELPH 510 also supports iFrame, Apple's video format that boasts native support for both Mac and Windows video applications. This translates into no converting of video after you've shot. One more video feature is Canon's Movie Digest. This feature combines an entire day's worth of short clips into one video automatically and there's no post-production editing to be done. All you have to do is enjoy the memories.

When it comes to physical attributes, the 510 HS features a 3.2" PureColor touch screen LCD system. You'll see beautiful, rich color on the screen and enjoy the ease of touch screen navigation. The LCD also boasts a Touch Shutter function which allows you to release the shutter just by touching the screen. The lens on the 510 is a Genuine Canon 12x Zoom Lens. That's 12x optical zoom and a 28-336mm (35mm equivalent) wide-telephoto range. You'll be able to shoot groups, landscapes and everything in between with ease.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Compact (7),Large clear LCD (7),Easy to use (6),Good image quality (6),Zoom range/performance (6),Image stabilization (5),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Nice body color (3)
Short battery life (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (5),Travel (5),Wildlife (4),Family photos (3),Low light (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (4),Photo enthusiast (3)

Canon 510 HS Features

  • Beautifully and Astonishingly Thin: At a slim 0.86 inches, the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS is a thin camera with a 28mm wide-angle lens, 12x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 12x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens: The PowerShot ELPH 510 HS features a powerful Genuine Canon 12x Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility
  • Optical Image Stabilizer: Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement
  • Canon HS SYSTEM: The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations. Beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas
  • Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor: DIGIC processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras
  • Canon Full HD Video Advantage: In addition to the Canon HS SYSTEM, the combination of the advanced CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor in the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS makes it possible to shoot crisp, clear high definition video
  • Dedicated Movie Button, Wind Filter Feature and Optical Zoom for Easy Video Capture: It's never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot ELPH 510 HS has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly
  • HDTV Playback via HDMI Output and CEC: It's easy to enjoy and share the videos you shoot with the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS. Simply connect its HDMI terminal to your HDTV using an HDMI cable
  • iFrame: With the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS, you can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos
  • PureColor LCD System: The PowerShot ELPH 510 HS digital camera's large and bright 3.2 inch PureColor LCD wide screen makes it easy to view and frame your shots in high resolution (461,000 dots). PureColor technology delivers excellent contrast with rich, true-to-life color
  • Touch Panel LCD with Touch Shutter: The PowerShot ELPH 510 HS features Touch Panel technology that makes using the camera more intuitive and fun
  • High-Speed Burst Mode: Capture amazing action shots like the pros with the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS camera. Using High-Speed Burst mode, you can shoot at exceptionally high speeds - 7.8 frames per second. It's a great feature for those who enjoy taking pictures at sporting events
  • Super Slow Motion: The Super Slow Motion Movie mode on the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS gives you a fun and useful option when shooting videos. It records video clips at a very high speed - up to approximately 240 frames per second
  • Intelligent IS: The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes
  • Smart AUTO: Smart AUTO automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations
  • Movie Digest: When you use Movie Digest on the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS, the camera will automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) every time you shoot a still image. That entire day's worth of clips will then be automatically combined into a single video
  • Face Detection Technology Including Smart Shutter: Face Detection technology makes it easy for you to take great photos of people. The camera will automatically detect the face(s) in a frame to give it optimal focus, exposure, flash (if needed) and white balance
  • Best Image Selection: Best Image Selection is an easy way to get great results almost every time you take a picture. When you press the shutter release, the camera will rapidly shoot a series of five images, then assess the images for any unwanted facial movements and camera shake
  • 27 Language Menu: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi and Hindi

Canon 510 HS Specifications

Effective: 12.1 Megapixel, Actual Pixels: 12.8 Megapixel
1/2.3" CMOS
File Formats
Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Other Resolutions
4000 x 2248 @ 16:9
2816 x 1584 @ 16:9
1920 x 1080 @ 16:9
640 x 360 @ 16:9
4000 x 2664 @ 3:2
2816 x 1880 @ 3:2
1600 x 1064 @ 3:2
640 x 424 @ 3:2
4000 x 3000 @ 4:3
2816 x 2112 @ 4:3
1600 x 1200 @ 4:3
640 x 480 @ 4:3
2992 x 2992 @ 1:1
2112 x 2112 @ 1:1
1200 x 1200 @ 1:1
480 x 480 @ 1:1
Aspect Ratio
1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization
EFL: 5.0-60.0mm (35mm equivalent: 28-336mm)
Aperture: f/3.4 (W) - 5.9 (T)
Optical: 12x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range
Wide: 0.4" (1.02 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 3.3' (1.01 m) - Infinity
Wide: 2.0" (5.08 cm) - Infinity
Macro: 0.4" (1.02 cm) - 1.6' (48.77 cm)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, 100-3200
1 - 1/4000 Seconds
15 - 1/4000 Seconds
Exposure Metering
Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Exposure Modes
Modes: AE Lock
Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
White Balance Modes
Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual, Tungsten
Self Timer
10 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Built-in Flash
Yes: Auto, Flash On, Off, Slow Sync
Effective Flash Range
Wide: 1 - 10.2' (0.30 - 3.11 m)
Telephoto: 3.3 - 5.6' (1.01 - 1.71 m)
Memory Card Type
Video Recording
Audio Recording
With Video, Stereo
3.2" LCD Rear Screen
AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0
Operating/Storage Temperature
Operating: 32 to 104deg. F (0 to 40deg. C)
Humidity: 10 - 90%
NB-9L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.9 x 2.3 x 0.90" / 9.91 x 5.84 x 2.29 cm
7.3 oz / 207 g Camera Only
Mfr #

Canon 510 HS Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


What a sweet surprise

This camera is a exciting add to my arsenal; easy to use right out of the box (after charging the battery of course), easy menu system and takes wonderful pictures.

Reviewed by 10 customers


Great little camera


from Central PA  -  Casual Photographer

We bought this to replace a 6 year old 5MP 12x Optical Zoom with a 4x Digital Zoom. This camera with its 12.1 MP quality really impresses. The ease of point and shoot with great quality that surpasses my expectations. I haven't used the video features yet but I expect those to dazzle.




from KANSAS CITY  -  Casual Photographer



The perfect pocket camera


from Wappingers Falls, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great combination of portability (pocket size) and optical zoom. You can't have the dslr with you at all times. This little gem is no problem.


What a sweet surprise


from Whittier, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera is a exciting add to my arsenal; easy to use right out of the box (after charging the battery of course), easy menu system and takes wonderful pictures.


ELPH 510HS , an excellent purchase


from New Haven,ct  -  Photo Enthusiast

So far I have enjoyed using the camera ,although I have not mastered it's use. It is light, portable and takes crisp,clear photos. It was a good buy. I use it to take pictures for reference when I paint in watercolor. I also like to take pictures when hiking and biking.


Easy to use, pocket-size design


from Kansas City  -  Casual Photographer

Great product for those with limited technological expertise!


Works like any Canon


from crofton, md  -  Casual Photographer

use it for traveling; documentation for work

(39 of 41 customers found this review helpful)


Loved and hated it


from Portland, OR

I have purchased this camera twice. The first time I wanted a compact point and shoot to use when I didn't want to carry my dslr. I was able to take great pictures on vacation (well until the extremely short battery ran out and I did not have a backup yet). Then, I dropped it in the sand and got sand in the lens. I decided to buy a new one, and I have had a horrible time with it. At almost every setting, bright, regular, and low light settings, my pictures have come out completely overexposed. I have changed settings, got the pictures to turn out for a couple of shots only to have the next ones become overexposed. It has been completely frustrating. Planning to send it back and reconsider what to do next.

(24 of 26 customers found this review helpful)




from Rawlins, WY

takes good video, average quality photos - but the control which zooms (which was why I purchased it) sticks and in spite of sending it in for repair to fix the problem, the problem continues. This makes the advantage of having a 300 mm zoom in such a tiny body often unusable until the photo moment is long past. Sad about that

(118 of 122 customers found this review helpful)


Could Have Been the Perfect Point and Shoot


from Los Angeles, CA

This is my 4th Canon camera in 5 years. However, ever since introduction of the CMOS sensors in the Elph series, the quality of still shots has awfully declined. In a thorough side-by-side test of this 12MP camera and a 5MP camera from a very popular smartphone, the 510HS produced pictures with the same level of detail as the smartphone, which was very disappointing. In other words, it appears that my non CMOS 5 year old Canon SD800 is capable of taking more detailed shots at 7MP. That is why I have set the camera to shoot at half resolution and I am getting the same results. The battery life is also VERY VERY short with this camera. 20 minutes of continuous recording will run your battery completely dry. If you are taking pictures alone without flash, the battery will last you less than 3 hours. I have run out of battery at almost every event I have been to. Canon did a great job with the lens and the construction, as well as the software, but the image sensor and battery don't seem to hold up to the rest of the design. This is perhaps my last point-and-shoot from Canon.


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Shopper  Is it wide angle?
GUY M  It's 28mm, not 24mm. But, 28mm is still considered wide. Plus the 16:9 format.
Shopper  Can I use a remote control with this camera?
ROBERT R  As far as im aware its not compatible with any remote, however, its an amazing camera with a beautiful sleek design! I love it!
hk h  Is the camera brand new? Does in come in original packaging that has never been opened before?
RUI X  Yes. Everything looks great. Brand new.
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