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Canon PowerShot A520 Review

Review Date: June 25, 2005

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2005 Award

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Canon PowerShot A520 replaces the A85 with a few slight changes: a more powerful optical (4x) zoom, smaller body (though slightly thicker), lighter, use of SD or MMC memory card instead of CompactFlash memory card, use of 2 AA Alkaline batteries instead of 4 AA batteries.

Just like the A85, the Canon A520 features 4.0MP resolution, shutter speed range from 15-1/2,000 sec., full exposure flexibility including easy-to-use Scene Modes, and even Custom White Balance for accurate colour reproduction under artificial light. You can record movie clips of approx. 30 sec. of 640x480 pixels at 10fps or approx. 3 min. of 320x240 pixels at 15fps.

Optional accessories for the Canon A520 include: Wide Converter, Tele-converter, and Close-up Lens. Recognizing that the built-in flash can sometimes be too weak to illuminate distant subjects properly, Canon also provides an optional High-Power Flash with approximately twice the range of the camera's built-in flash. For those into underwater photography, there is a waterproof case effective at depths of up to 40 meters (130 feet).

The Canon PowerShot A520 (just like the A510 with 3.2MP resolution) is one of our recommended affordable entry level digital cameras for someone just starting out in photography. It is feature-packed and will grow with you as you learn more about digital photography.

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  Image Sensor 4.0 effective megapixels (2272x1704)
1/2.5 in. CCD
 
  Lens Canon  
  Focal Length 5.8–23.2mm (35-140mm, 35mm equivalent)  
  Aperture Range F2.6– F8.0 (W), F5.5– F8.0 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Macro 5 cm / 2 in.  
  Auto Focus
TTL autofocus; Manual Focus; AF Lock available; MF magnified display function available`
Focusing Frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (Fixed to centre)
Low-light AF-assist Beam ON/Off
 
  Shutter Speed 15-1/2000 sec; can be set in 1/3-stop increments in Manual and Shutter-priority (Tv) Modes  
  Exposure Control Program AE, Aperture or Shutter-Priority AE, Manual  
  Shooting Modes Auto;
Creative Zone (P, Tv, Av, M);
Image Zone (Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Fast shutter, Slow shutter), Special Scene Modes (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot);
Stitch Assist;
Movie clips: 30 sec. of 640 x 480 pixels, 3 min. of 320x240 at 15fps;
Continuous shooting: Approx. 1.9 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode, LCD monitor off);
Self-timer: 2 and 10 sec.
 
  Exposure Compensation ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments  
  Light Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot*
*Metering frame with Spot mode is center fixed
 
  White Balance Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H) or Custom  
  Viewfinder Real-image 4x optical zoom  
  LCD 1.8 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 115,000 pixels; 100% coverage  
  ISO Sensitivity AUTO: ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent  
  Storage Media SD memory card / MultiMediaCard  
  Battery 1. Two AA Alkaline batteries (included)
2. Two Rechargeable size AA NiMH batteries (optional)
3. AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (optional)
 
  Included Accessories
16MB MultiMediaCard
2 AA Alkaline Batteries
AV Cable AVC-DC300, USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Strap (Wrist)
Software CD-ROMs (Digital Camera Solution)
 
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 90.7 x 64.0 x 38.4 mm /
3.57 x 2.52 x 1.51 in. (excluding protrusions)
 
  Weight (Camera body only) 180g / 6.35 oz.  
  MSRP US$299.99  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

Before you buy, do your homework and verify a seller's reputation. One source you may want to check with is Resellerratings.com. And remember, if a price seems to good to be true, it probably is.

DISCLAIMER:

Though we make every effort to strive for accuracy in reproducing these specs, we do occasionally make mistakes, so verify with the manufacturer's site for the latest specs. Also, in the early stages of a product introduction, you can almost guarantee there will be some errors from the manufacturers themselves as they update their sites. If you see any mistakes, please contact us. We do appreciate your writing in with the corrections and thank you in advance!

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