Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital ELPH Camera Kit - Silver - with 16GB microSDHC Memory Card, Spare NB-9L Type Lithium-ion Battery, Camera Case, Table Top Tripod, Professional Lens Cleaning Kit

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About Canon 520 HS

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera (Silver) is a marvel of modern engineering. Only about three-quarters of an inch thick, the ELPH 520 HS nonetheless incorporates a new 12x optical zoom lens that feeds scenery to a new 1/3-inch 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor. The new sensor is designed specifically for use with the new lens, the result being bright and clear images throughout the full zoom range of 28 to 336mm (the 35mm equivalent focal length).

The 12x optical zoom works in conjunction with a 4x digital zoom for an overall 48x zoom with optical image stabilization keeping things steady. A high-speed burst mode captures 6.8 frames per second at a resolution of 1824 x 1368 pixels. A DIGIC 5 image processor orchestrates the entire image-capture process and offers an ISO range that goes up to 3200.

Video capture with the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is just as impressive as with still images. The camera can capture 1080p full HD video with stereo sound at 24 frames per second (fps), as well as 720p HD video at 30 fps and you can use the full optical zoom range while shooting video. If you like, you can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame format.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Large clear LCD (9),Easy to use (8),Image stabilization (6),Lightweight/portable (6),Excellent image quality (5),Compact (4),Zoom range/performance (4),Simple controls/menu (4),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Good image quality (3),Durable (3),Nice features/settings (3)
Short battery life (9),Poor image quality (4),Poor low-light performance (4)
Best Uses:
Travel (3),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Canon 520 HS Features

  • Thinnest camera with a 12x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer and 28mm Wide-Angle lens
  • Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 10.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with Canon's DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional low-light performance up to ISO 3200
  • Shoot beautiful 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output
  • A 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD enables easy viewing
  • Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 58 predefined shooting situations and the new Face ID function adjusts focus and exposure priority based on pre-registered faces
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition
  • Improved Movie Digest records a short 720p HD video clip right before shooting a photo and then combines one day's worth of clips into one video
  • New Smooth Skin and Soft Focus scene modes allow you to capture more pleasing portraits
  • High-Speed Burst Mode allows continuous shooting (6.8 fps) and Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow playback in slow motion

Canon 520 HS Specifications

Image sensor
1/3-inch CMOS
Total Pixels
Approx. 16.8 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 10.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
4.0 (W) - 48.0mm (T) (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) - 336mm (T))
Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
Auto: 0.4 in. (1cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Macro: 0.4 in. - 1.6 ft. (1-50cm) (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT Color with wide-viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 461,000 dots
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture
f/3.4 (W)-f/5.6 (T)
Shutter Speed
1-1/4000 sec.
15-1/4000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
Flash Range
1.6 - 8.2 ft. (W), 3.3 - 4.9 ft. (T) (50 cm - 2.5 m (W), 1.0 - 1.5 m (T))
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.5 V)
Shooting Modes
Auto, P, Movie Digest, Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter, High-Speed Burst, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Self Timer
Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 2.8 shots/sec. (in P Mode)
Approx. 6.8 shots/sec. (in High-Speed Burst mode)
Storage Media
microSD Memory Card, microSDHC Memory Card, microSDXC Memory Card
File Format
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format
Normal, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio data; Linear PCM (2 channel stereo))
Recording Pixels: Still Images [16:9]
Large: 3648 x 2048, Medium 1: 2816 x 1584
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080, Small: 640 x 360
Recording Pixels: Still Images [3:2]
Large: 3648 x 2432, Medium 1: 2816 x 1880
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064, Small: 640 x 424
Recording Pixels: Still Images [4:3]
Large: 3648 x 2736, Medium 1: 2816 x 2112
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200, Small: 640 x 480
Recording Pixels: Still Images [1:1]
Large: 2736 x 2736, Medium 1: 2112 x 2112
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200, Small: 480 x 480
Number of Recording Pixels: Video
[iFrame Movie]: 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
[Super Slow Motion Movie]: 640 x 480, 320 x 240
[Miniature Effect]: 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
[Other than the above]: 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Playback Modes File 1
Stills & Videos: Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Playback Modes File 2
Still Images: Single, Index (4-100 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
Videos: Normal Playback, Slow Motion, Special Playback, Editing, Resume
Video Out
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video
Mini-HDMI connector
Audio Out
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) unified type of digital, audio and video)
Other Interface
Mini-HDMI cable: connection to high definition monitor; miniSD Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-speed cable
Power Source
Rechargeable lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-9L
Shooting Capacity
Approx. 190 shots
Playback Time
Approx. 4 hours
Operating Temperature
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.43 x 2.12 x 0.76 in / 87.1 x 53.9 x 19.2mm
Approx. 5.47 oz. (155g) (Including the battery and memory card)
Approx. 4.76 oz. (135g) (Camera only)
Mfr #
6166B001 B

Canon 520 HS Reviews

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Reviewed by 18 customers


Solid Solid performer


from Reston, VA

What a gem. Needed a solid small camera for trip to France. My requirements were less than 10 OZ, fit in pants pocket without looking or feeling bulky, good optical zoom and at least 10 M. This ELPH 520 HS hits a grandslam. Test pix's were great, fast set up, recovery and I do not mind the micro memory. One bonus, is HD level movies if I want to load the card up.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best Elph Yet


from South Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have owned many Canon Elph products since their introduction and this is the best one yet; Sure, you sacrifice some picture quality for it's small size, but if you need a pocket camera with powerful zoom, this would be my choice. I love photographing nature and take this camera with me everywhere, especially on long bicycle rides, where you never know what picture opportunities may arise. Also, the video mode works very well. I definitely recommend this product

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Very Disappointing


from Houston, TX

I bought this camera to replace my old SD300 from 2002, was looking forward to its zoom capability and its small size (it fits nicely in my old leather case). This 520HS camera has been a big disappointment. Its Auto function is constantly struggling to focus and so many of my photos and videos have turned out blurry. It very rarely engages the flash, causing lots of photos in low lighting to come out dark. I've tried taking the same shot with this camera, with my old SD300, and with my sister's 2012 110HS, sadly the shots from this camera consistently come out worst. It's shocking that an 11-year old SD300 does better than this new technology! Another complaint is the controls, which are not quite the same as the other Elphs so there is a bit of a learning curve (not a big deal), but several functions require additional button clicks than on other Elphs (very irritating). On the positive side: the zoom is wonderful, but suffers from the Auto focus problem so it ends up not being very useful after all. I do like the bigger display viewer in the back compared to the tiny one on the old SD300, but it's not much better than the one on the 110HS. I also like the compact feel and square edges of the casing. It's a well made camera but the software/firmware for the Auto function and for flash control needs to be fixed. In summary: skip this product, save your money and buy a 110HS instead or wait till they fix the software/firmware on this model.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Video transfer problem


from Undisclosed

A pretty decent camera, especially for the price. I've had it over a year and the main issue I have is that when I try to transfer videos I've taken 1gb or higher, it NEVER works. I can view the film on the camera itself, but can't play it on my computer from the camera or transfer it to the computer. This is very annoying as I've had to delete a number of videos I took and would have liked to keep :/ It's such a weird issue because 1gb or lower video files transfer and play just fine. A firmware update could probably fix this but I know we won't be getting one :/


Canon powershot


from Philadelphia PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Personal use - mostly family - grandkids. Small and easy to carry and use. Had erlier versions. Back for more

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nice camera for the price


from Indiana  -  Casual Photographer

Perfect for carrying around in your pocket during travel or special events.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Disappointed But Has Potential


from Sacramento, CA

I'm a long time Canon camera enthusiast and enjoy both their DSLR cameras and their digital ELPH series for the most part. This camera looks great on paper and has some very impressive specs. However in practice this camera suffers from some bad firmware compared to other cameras I've used. I use this camera a lot at concerts and vacations and the "auto" mode seems to have a difficult time focusing and determining whether to shoot in macro mode or standard. This can become quite annoying when you're trying to take a picture of a mountain and it can't focus because it thinks the mountain is .4 inches away. I've had even worse luck when trying to zoom in and then auto-focus. Sometimes the camera just "gives up" and can't focus on the subject. The same thing happens in movie mode where the camera can lose focus so easily and then the only way to regain focus is to zoom all the way out again and then slowly zoom back in. I believe the hardware is actually really good in this camera because when you get a clear shot the quality is superb (and moderately superb in a concert setting) and I'm pretty sure that the issues could be fixed with a software/firmware update. However unfortunately it doesn't look like Canon will update the firmware any time soon as it's been over a year since we've seen any update. I'd recommend skipping this camera until they've been able to correct for these issues. It's frustrating when the guy taking a picture with his iPhone can get clearer/better pictures than you with a dedicated piece of camera hardware.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Pocket wonder


from Central VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

they say the best camera is the one you are carrying. I lose too many shots by not slinging my 7D/24-105 around my neck. This is a nice pocket camera. Smaller than a deck of cards. Fits easily into front pocket. Great 12X optical zoom, with digital post to 48X. functional IS. Best feature is the low light handheld which lays up to 4 snaps down to creae a single image. I shot indoor theater at full zoom and the results are great. No blur, loss of image quality. Takes very good video in regular or super speed to allow slo-mo playback. Only downside is short battery life. My twin batteries in the 7D grip last forever, this tiny NB-9L battery only goes maybe 100 shots. Inexpensive extra batteries are a MUST. I have an original ELPH APC camera. This is actually smaller, same boxey shape, but light years ahead in features and quality. This would not be my only camera, but it is the only camera I would have when my DSLR is at home.


A Homerun


from Naples, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Wanted a quick, uncomplicated camera to use photographing special events. Like the varied features especially the low light mode. I found the abbreviated manual tricky to understand.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


A great camera in a small package


from Lakewood, CO

This is a great camera in a very small package. I purchased it because of its size and portability. I use it in the intelligent auto mode most of the time and I have been pleased with the results. It has a sophisticated operating system which takes a little study at first. I like the menus as they are similar to other Canon cameras that I own. I have the instruction book on my smart phone and on my tablet for ease of reference. It is a good camera for social and family events. I use the tracking auto focus. The switch buttons are small for large fingers.

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