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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera, 16MP, 3.0" TFT LCD Screen, 42x Optical/4x Digital /168x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, 1080p HD Video

SKU: ICASX520A MFR: 9544B001 A
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About the Canon 520 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS makes this kind of versatility easy with an incredible 42x Optical Zoom and 24mm Wide-Angle lens. This camera was born to zoom, with features and systems designed to make high-magnification shooting with advanced Canon optics simple and spectacular. The Optical Image Stabilizer and Intelligent IS keep images clear and steady, while Zoom Framing Assist and a new Advanced Zoom Framing Assist function help you track and capture subjects, follow their movement and keep them in focus - whether shooting stills or super-lifelike 1080p Full HD video. And High Speed AF means reduced lag time. Truly impressive quality is yours with every shot - even in low light - thanks to a 16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor that together create the Canon HS SYSTEM. Use this sophisticated point-and-shoot wherever you go to capture memories with the quality and versatility they deserve.

42x Optical Zoom and 24mm Wide-Angle Lens
Experience breathtaking quality and unlimited versatility with the camera's 42x Optical Zoom (24-1008mm) and 24mm Wide-Angle lens. This powerful zoom lets you capture the proud smile of a graduate from the back row of an auditorium, architectural details atop an imposing structure and memorable candids of children and pets without interrupting the scene. Advanced Canon optics bring depth and resonance to shots at any zoom length, giving you the freedom to go beyond the ordinary to create images and preserve memories any way you want. The lens's Optical Image Stabilizer helps ensure that every image you capture will be sharp and steady.

16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
The PowerShot SX520 HS camera's 16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor is the highest resolution CMOS sensor used in any PowerShot camera. The difference this makes in your everyday photography is remarkable. The large sensor takes in more light, so images are clear and beautifully detailed. High ISO shots are particularly impressive, with less noise and expanded dynamic range. And the 16.0 Megapixel resolution gives you the flexibility to be more creative with your shots: crop and enlarge any part of an image - you can be confident that the detail and resolution you need are there.

DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
The Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor powers the PowerShot SX520 HS camera's advanced functions and capabilities, including Hybrid Auto, Creative Shot and Full HD video shooting at 30p. Its accelerated processing speed creates fast, responsive performance, for a shooting experience that's easy and natural. The DIGIC 4+ Image Processor also enhances image quality in several ways. Processing of high ISO shots has been shortened by approximately 60% compared to the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. This significantly reduces noise for brilliant color, smooth gradations and beautiful detail even in low light. The processor also allows for the integration of electronic Dynamic IS. This advanced system compensates for multiple motion types, effectively preventing angular blur, shift blur and blur caused by parallel movement and tilt shift. The result is images that are reliably sharp and clear at all lengths of the camera's powerful zoom. The processor's highly efficient design also extends battery life.

Canon HS SYSTEM helps provide excellent low-light performance
The compact PowerShot SX520 HS gives you the power to capture beautifully detailed, naturally lit images even in low light - reducing the need for flash and the occasionally unwelcome effects it produces. That's because the camera's 16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor works with the camera's DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM, specifically engineered for spectacular low-light performance. With the Canon HS SYSTEM, you'll experience excellent tracking performance even in low light and achieve gorgeous still image quality at ISO speeds up to ISO 3200; beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.

Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button, plus zoom while shooting
Simply touch the dedicated movie button on the PowerShot SX520 HS to start recording video in 1080p Full HD that is breathtakingly vivid and realistic. You're free to use the full range of the zoom in movie mode to get the video you want. You can also view and share your video on an HDTV to enjoy.

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 selects from Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Tripod modes. When shooting video, the system selects from Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Active Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to help capture the steadiest possible image.

Zoom Framing Assist with seek function and enhanced automatic zoom
With its 42x Optical Zoom lens, the PowerShot SX520 HS camera has the telephoto reach to capture subjects a long distance away. At maximum telephoto, however, it can be challenging to track a moving subject. The Zoom Framing Assist seek function makes it much easier to use the camera's powerful zoom lens. When you press and hold the Zoom Framing Assist button, the camera will automatically zoom out to include a wider angle of view, enabling you to more easily locate your moving subject. Once you find it, releasing the button will cause the lens to return to its original zoom position, intelligently keeping the subject in focus until you're ready to shoot and capture the perfect close-up moment.

You can even make zoom adjustments while the button is pressed, with an animated assist frame that makes viewing easy. When the button is released, the lens will return to the adjusted zoom position. And with the Zoom Framing Assist Lock, the camera will lock onto and automatically track a subject, intelligently keeping them in the center of the frame until you're ready to capture the perfect close-up shot.

High Speed AF
The PowerShot SX520 HS camera is equipped with Canon's latest advancements in autofocus (AF) technology. Canon's advanced AF achieves a significant increase in speed for a shooting experience that's spontaneous and natural. The remarkably responsive High Speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with reduced lag time. Several engineering breakthroughs contributed to this major enhancement to speed. In addition to improved AF algorithms, the camera can process multiple sequences simultaneously and takes advantage of reworked controls between AF and the start of shooting.

Rethink Photography with Creative Shot
The Creative Shot mode featured on the PowerShot SX520 HS can help anyone create images with artistic flair. Rather than randomly applying filters, Creative Shot mode takes advantage of advanced Canon technologies to analyze the individual scene, subject and exposure to apply any of 46 filter options. In addition to the original shot, the camera automatically produces and saves five additional variations of the composition. Filter choices are grouped into Retro, Monochrome, Special and Natural categories to make exploring the world of artistic photography fun and easy or simply select Auto to access the full range of effects. With Creative Shot mode, the result is stunning artistic photos that are perfect for sharing.

Hybrid Auto
Hybrid Auto records up to four seconds of video every time you shoot a still image, then automatically joins the clips and pictures into a video that captures the essence of special days: vacations, important occasions or any time you're shooting many shots in a day. In this mode, Hybrid Auto automatically recognizes the scene and optimizes camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality. The resulting 1080 HD video is properly exposed, crisp and steady, so your "highlight reel" is stunningly beautiful.

Smart AUTO
Smart AUTO is a sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. It automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture, whether you're shooting stills or video. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.

Secure Enhanced Grip
Canon developed an innovative new grip for the PowerShot SX520 HS, optimized specifically for the camera's powerful zooming capability. The invitingly curved grip fits effortlessly into your hand. Without any strain, your fingers comfortably and naturally reach the shutter and dial, minimizing the potential for shake at long zoom lengths.

Convenient Front Dial
The PowerShot SX520 HS shares a feature with higher end cameras: a convenient front dial. The dial's placement puts important adjustments easily within your reach without releasing your hold on the secure grip, further stabilizing shooting at the camera's long zoom lengths. Ca

Canon 520 HS Includes

  • non PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera
  • Battery Pack NB-6LH
  • Battery Charger CB-2LY
  • Lens Cap with Strap
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • Canon 1 Year Warranty SX

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Large clear LCD (7) , Easy to use (6) , Lightweight/portable (6) , Excellent image quality (5) , Simple controls/menu (4) , Durable (3) , Nice features/settings (3)
Short battery life (6) , Poor image quality (4) , Poor low-light performance (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (2) , Photo enthusiast (1) , Photo enthusiast (1) , Casual photographer (1)

Canon 520 HS Features

  • Canon's powerful 42x Optical Zoom (24 1008mm) and 24mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer help ensure outstanding optical performance and versatility.
  • 16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, which helps to provide excellent low-light performance.
  • Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button and zoom while shooting.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from eight different modes to optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of conditions.
  • Zoom Framing Assist makes it easy to track and capture subjects while using the extreme telephoto. With this advanced feature your camera will automaticallyzoom in or out while following the movement of your subject and help ensure it remains in focus.
  • High Speed AF greatly helps improve focus speed so you can capture every shot with ease.
  • Creative Shot mode uses composition, color and lighting from your original imageto create unique images with an artistic flair.
  • Hybrid Auto records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel.
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations to help ensure the best possible image capture for stills or video.

Canon 520 HS Specifications

Type 16.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS
Pixels Total: Approx. 16.8 Megapixels
Effective Pixels: Approx. 16.0 Megapixels
Focal Length 4.3 (W) - 180.6 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-1008mm)
Digital Zoom 4.0x
Focusing Range Normal: 2.0" (5.08cm) - infinity (W), 4.3' (1.31m) - infinity (T)
Auto/Manual: 0.0" (0cm) - infinity (W), 4.3' (1.31m) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: 0.0 in. - 1.6' (0-48cm) (W)
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
LCD Monitor 3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels Approx. 461,000 dots
LCD Coverage Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture f/3.4 (W), f/6.0 (T)
Shutter Speed 1-1/2000 sec.
15-1/2000 sec. (in Tv and M modes)
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100-3200
Light Metering Method Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock
Exposure Compensation Still Images: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance Control Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range 1.6-18' (W), 4.3-9.8' (T) (48cm - 5.48m (W), (1.31m - 2.98m (T))
Recycling Time 10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Hybrid Auto, Auto, Creative Shot, SCN 1, Creative Filters 2, Movie 3
Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Self Timer Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom
Continuous Shooting Normal: Approx. 1.6 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Normal: Approx. 10 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst mode)
Storage Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
File Format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format Superfine / Fine
JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels Still Images:
16:9 - Large: 4608 x 2592; Medium 1: 3264 x 1832; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360
3:2 - Large: 4608 x 3072; Medium 1: 3264 x 2176; Medium 2: 2048 x 1368; Small: 640 x 424
4:3 - Large: 4608 x 3456; Medium 1: 3264 x 2448; Medium 2: 2048 x 1536; Small: 640 x 480
1:1 - Large: 3456 x 3456; Medium 1: 2448 x 2448; Medium 2: 1536 x 1536; Small: 480 x 480
Playback Modes File: Stills & Videos Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Slideshow (Repeat, Interval, Effect)
Playback Modes File: Still Images Single, Index (6-100 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Resize, My Colors, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
Playback Modes File: Videos Normal Playback 1, Skip Backward 2, Previous Frame 3, Next Frame 3, Skip Forward 2
Erase Modes Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images
Video Out NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video), Mini-HDMI connector
Audio Out Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Other Interface USB, SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Power Source Battery Pack NB-6LH, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10
Shooting Capacity Approx. 210 shots
Approx. 290 shots in ECO Mode
Video Recording Time: Approx. 50 min
Playback Time Approx. 5 hours
Operating Temperature 32-104 deg. F (0-40 deg. C)
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Number of Recordable Images at 16:9 Superfine in 8GB:
Large (L1): 1349
Medium 1 (M1): 2431
Medium 2 (M2): 6822
Small (S): 35089
Superfine in 32GB:
Large (L1): 5446
Medium 1 (M1): 9814
Medium 2 (M2): 27537
Small (S): 141622
Fine in 8GB:
Large (L1): 2116
Medium 1 (M1): 3611
Medium 2 (M2): 12280
Small (S): 49125
Fine in 32GB:
Large (L1): 8545
Medium 1 (M1): 14578
Medium 2 (M2): 49567
Small (S): 198271
Number of Recordable Images at 3:02 Superfine in 8GB:
Large (L1): 1174
Medium 1 (M1): 2154
Medium 2 (M2): 5339
Small (S): 30703
Superfine in 32GB:
Large (L1): 4742
Medium 1 (M1): 8695
Medium 2 (M2): 21550
Small (S): 123919
Fine in 8GB:
Large (L1): 1874
Medium 1 (M1): 3318
Medium 2 (M2): 9446
Small (S): 40937
Fine in 32GB:
Large (L1): 7567
Medium 1 (M1): 13396
Medium 2 (M2): 38128
Small (S): 165225
Number of Recordable Images at 4:03 Superfine in 8GB:
Large (L1): 1058
Medium 1 (M1): 1996
Medium 2 (M2): 4723
Small (S): 27291
Superfine in 32GB:
Large (L1): 4272
Medium 1 (M1): 8059
Medium 2 (M2): 19064
Small (S): 110150
Fine in 8GB:
Large (L1): 1705
Medium 1 (M1): 3069
Medium 2 (M2): 8469
Small (S): 40937
Medium (M): 4815
Fine in 32GB:
Large (L1): 6883
Medium 1 (M1): 12391
Medium 2 (M2): 34184
Small (S): 165225
Medium (M): 19437
Number of Recordable Images at 1:1 Superfine in 8GB:
Large (L1): 1411
Medium 1 (M1): 2640
Medium 2 (M2): 6297
Small (S): 35089
Superfine in 32GB:
Large (L1): 5696
Medium 1 (M1): 10659
Medium 2 (M2): 25418
Small (S): 141622
Fine in 8GB:
Large (L1): 2273
Medium 1 (M1): 4093
Medium 2 (M2): 11164
Small (S): 49125
Fine in 32GB:
Large (L1): 9178
Medium 1 (M1): 16522
Medium 2 (M2): 45061
Small (S): 198271
Movie Data in 8GB: Miniature Effect HD: 1280 x 720:
5x: 10 hrs. 14 min. 16 sec.
10x: 19 hrs. 44 min. 05 sec.
20x: 36 hrs. 39 min. 02. sec.
640 x 480:
5x: 23 hrs. 42 min. 12 sec.
10x: 43 hrs. 36 min. 51 sec.
20x: 75 hrs. 11 min. 50 sec.
Movie Data in 32GB: Miniature Effect HD: 1280 x 720:
5x: 41 hrs. 21 min. 31 sec.
10x: 79 hrs. 43 min. 23 sec.
20x: 148 hrs. 03 min. 26 sec.
640 x 480:
5x: 95 hrs. 45 min. 15 sec.
10x: 176 hrs. 11 min. 17 sec.
20x: 303 hrs. 46 min. 22 sec.
Movie Data: Other Full HD 1920 x 1080 (30 fps 2):
8GB: 33 min. 14 sec.
32GB: 2 hrs. 14 min. 16 sec.
HD 1280 x 720 (30 fps 1):
8 GB: 1 hr. 44 min. 50 sec.
32GB: 7 hrs. 03 min. 31 sec.
640 x 480 (30 fps 1)
8GB: 3 hrs. 24 min. 26 sec.
32GB: 13 hr. 45 min. 52 sec.
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.72 x 3.22 x 3.62" (11.98 x 8.17 x 9.19cm)
Weight CIPA Standard: 15.6oz. (442.25g)
Camera Body Only: 14.7oz (416.73g)
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