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Canon PowerShot A510

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Canon PowerShot A510

Editor's Review

The Canon PowerShot A510 may look like more of the same, but under the hood there are some fundamental changes that make this camera a winner! The biggest change is the switch from CompactFlash to Secure Digital memory, which makes the PowerShot A510 substantially smaller (13 percent, to be precise) than previous A-Series cameras. Another space saver is the reduction in the number of batteries needed - while the A75 took four AAs, the A510 only needs two. A host of new features, like a hold switch that keeps the last picture taken on the review screen, and a 4x optical zoom, make the A510 a great choice for casual photographers.


  • 3.2 megapixels (effective)
  • 4x optical zoom/3.2x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50-400
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Jan 20, 2005

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Canon PowerShot A510 Reviews

Canon PowerShot A510 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
pissed (cynthia — 07/02/2007)

i am leaving on vacation in three days and for a while my lens has ben sticking or doesnt open all the way i went to take a pic with my mama last nighta nd i freezes and wont stop beeping message e18 how the hell do i fix it???

im with the girl down @ THE BOTTOM WHO SAID CLASS ACTION

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good pictures but then E18 (Claus — 06/02/2007)

I liked the Canon very much. It made good fotos but eventhough I used the camera carefully - after 15 month in use and appr. 1000 fotos it stopped working with the famous E18 Error.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens sticks for me too (Matthew Fero — 01/01/2007)

My wife bought this camera about 9 months ago. After about 3 or 4 months the lens started to stick and would not retract while the camera was turning off. A gentle push with the finger helped it along in most cases. Eventually the lens just got jammed and the camera won't function at all.

The pictures are nice and the camera is simple, compact and uncomplicated. Its fine if you consider it a relatively disposable item.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good Camera Great Pictures, Until Error Message E18, Sometimes Will not work (Justin — 01/01/2007)

Great Camera, Have had it for almost a year, except the other day it fell onto the rug, since then sometimes the lense wont open on start-up, and if you try to zoom in or take a picture while zoomed in the camera shuts off and says E18 or E8 I think it is still under product warranty, and ill try to return it, unless this problem stops, because i can still take pictures, but sometimes i get the error message. Over all this is a good camera worth the money, but you have to be carfull you don't drop it on any surface, even a rug.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice camera (S Pathak — 12/12/2006)

this one is a nice little camera, i bought around 1 and half year back. no problem till now, although for few days the lens shutter started to open partially, but became ok of its own. i think that problem was related with battery power and not with the camera. pics are good quality, if not the best like the new cameras in the market. i bought it in USD170 but the price will be much lesser now-a-days i guess. this is a very nice camera if you have just stepped in digital photography.

  • 4.0 out of 5
good auto camera for film SLR user (Aldus — 11/16/2006)

Sometimes U don't want to take picture that seriously, with you old FM2 (my new FM3A)and couple of state of the art prime lens and flash. The A510 is a decent choice. it's computer is smart. Focus points(or matrix) is smart enough in P mode. Choose different scene mode for different occation gives it's best performance in different occation. Although it's pic quality and respond not comparable with film, not even DSLR but still acceptable for snap shots like birthday party, rush in traveling....

Picture is a bit soft, especially at the long end of the zoom. Also, in low light and long end zoom, over 80% chance cannot focus. Because the softeness of lens and relative small apeture(f5.6). It limits it usage to landscape night shot.

3.2Mp is good enough for a little cropping for 4x6 size print. Infact, it has a postcard mode, which take picture in 4x6 aspect ratio, so the print out won't crop. If you just take snap shot and pretty sure you won't digital crop your pic, AND want to save some memory space, eg, only have a 128Mb card, this is a great mode because you can store at least 50% more pics on a card.

Video mode is another bonus. Yes it has limitation. U need to do all the zoom and focus and exposure before taking video. Once you record, U cannot change these setting until U press stop. and it can only store 30 sec of video. What is the out come? Every shots I took in my kids birthday is about 15-30 sec. And the out come of the video set is interesting and attractive. It cannot take a stand up comedy for hours but it can take what you want, especially of the moment that your kid blows the candle. This is hard to take in pictures and video keep your memories.

If you used to use SLR like FM2, this is a very decent choice because you can understand whats on the on screen manual. It comes with 20+ languages, so if you are not familar with English, you can probably choose the language you like. I brought it in August 2005 for $230CDN. What do you expect?

ps: Wide angle adapter: Ebay 37mm $25CDN shipping incl'
Wide angle lens: Cokin 0.5x zoom gives 17-70mm zoom range $60CDN with noticeable circle crop in widest range. Need to zoom in 1 step to get raid of it. still wider than normal. noticeable barrel distortion but not much (not noticeable) light drop at the corner.

Hope this will help

  • 2.0 out of 5
Loved It, Hating it? (Mel Woods — 11/01/2006)

Looks like mine is a familiar story: first the lens starts sticking occasionally, then one day it completely freezes up, rendering the camera completely inoperable. And of course, warranties are up, etc etc. Will definitely look into any potential class action suit out there.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Consummate Digital Camera (Alfran — 10/29/2006)

I purchased this camera right before my first trip to Europe, May of last year. My experience would've suffered so much if I hadn't. The postcard-like crisp detail is amazing, with optimum utility for 3.2 mega pixels. It's extremely operator-friendly; more importantly, dollar for dollar there isn't a better value on the market.

You'll hear alot about the juice it drinks from your batteries. That's pretty much part and parcel with digital cameras. Just don't fool with akaline batteries (unless in emergency and can't anything else)bring plenty of the right digital batteries and recharge and rotate!

  • 3.0 out of 5
the camera isnt that good (steven — 10/15/2006)

it doesnt have all the features that alot of the others ones have and the megapixels are low

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not as good as Fuji (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Canon Power Shot 510:
Not user friendly. Not for male hands. Software malfunctions. Tech support useless. Sopped up new batteries. Manual goes in circles and incomplete. Memory very small. Quality of pics less than cheaper Fuji. Software inferior to Fuji. Colors off and blotchy.
Pics require much Photoshop work.

  • 5.0 out of 5
1 cool camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I went to Tehachapi High and I took a digital photo class. And the camera we used was a Canon Power Shot A510. The features on this camera is so mind blowing, I'm wanting to buy one for myself. I think everybody should try this camera for free.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera -best value (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera takes really great(clear) photos and is equipted with a lot of great features. Great value and very dependable!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens Sticks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Loved the first one we bought for Father's day so bought another one for a Christmas gift. They took great pictures until I started getting E18 error messages. Now both cameras are not working. The lens is stuck in the out posit on and after researching on line I found that this is a common problem with the A series camera's. My Best buy warranty wont cover the repair saying it is due to me dropping it and I never did drop it. I'm going to mail mine back to Canon and hope that the manufacturer warranty will cover it. In some cases it has but, in others it hasn't. I also learned that there is a lawfirm investigating the problems with the Canon company due to this situation.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great (Jose Muinos — 03/21/2006)

The extra zoom comes in handy. It is easy to use if you set it to just automatic. Otherwise you better read your manual. The flash is easy and the picture comes up quickly. Deletion is easy letting you decide whether to keep or easily discard. No problems with it at all.

  • 5.0 out of 5
One TOUGH loaded little camera! Worth EVERY Penny! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

If you can't decide between a Kodak EasyShare or this, get this... Bottom line....All the features of the Kodak EasyShares, MUCH better quality pictures, simple to use and SUPER TOUGH! Worth every penny!

My selling point: I have 3 tots under the age of 3. On more than one occasion this camera has taken a NASTY hit on cement and wood flooring... it has been dropped, tossed, and even thrown (by a toddler), just the other day I dropped this camera HARD in the driveway - I am talking a very hard OH-THERE-IT-GOES-closed-eyes type hard whack. Other than a very tiny scuff on the top corner of the camera, this is no worse for the wear. I am so impressed!!

The picture quality is just like it was new out of the box. I have yet to have a SINGLE problem with this camera. The batteries are the only downfall, they are the pricey AA type, not rechargeable, unlike the EasyShares... but I find I get in about 300 pictures before the battery goes... versus the EasyShares, where off of one good charge, I get about half as many.... so that is about the same as far as I am concerned.

Kodaks also have that handy docking station, but just by dangling a USB cord to the side of the computer, this is ready to load in a snap.

I am NOT impressed at all by the Cannon photo software, I still prefer the much lesser priced Ulead for toying around with pics or even a NIKON program for editing... I use the cannon picture window to load pics (just plug and auto-load) then the other programs for editing, but then again, I did the same thing when I had the EasyShare...

As far as value goes, the durability is the biggest selling point, I went through 3 other EasyShares (different models) and 2 broke, one by a simple fall (not a hard one either), and the other just... died.... autopsy still out... the 3rd was stolen shortly after buying, which is how I inherited this Cannon - it was a replacement gift....

I could not be happier, if anything should happen to this little jewel, I would be replacing it with another A510... worth EVERY penny!

  • 5.0 out of 5
evry shot truely apower shot (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

"every shot a power shot" when I see that promo now I think about my A510 and know how true it is. I am a novice, but photos that I have taken with my A510 in candle light will make any pro proud(that's how I feel). Wish I could upload it for others to see and understand what I mean.Great Camera!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
time consuming features (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this to take pictures of my grandaughter at her Florida Highschool Rodeo events.It zooms good but to take another closer picture I have to manually turn the zoom dial or the horse is too big. It also allows only time for one picture. As for instance riding the barrels. I can't get two barrels in a row. Then have to try and manually set the zoom.I also don't like haveing to push the snap button halfway down to focus the picture better and then all the way down to snap the picture. Maybe I'm not using it right. I'm not a big camera person, but I do want pictures at the rodeos.

  • 5.0 out of 5
These little cameras cannot be beat!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

2 AA batteries - Unbeatable Convenience-period!
Cannon's "signature" shutter-inside the zoom lever - brilliant - allows one handed operation.
SD card - perfect size (one size above too small)
Aluminum construction - nice feel.
4x optical - others in this class have 3x
Great shooting modes and macro-on-the-fly
Also short movies and panoramic mosaic...
Great pictures with no effort at all.

I've got a 510 at home and a 520 at work, probably don't need the 4.0Mpix but for that one work photo in 1000 that you do need it, it's worth the extra power usage of the 520. 510 is great for family, party and trip photos.

If you need "more camera", the A95, A610-620 are great but you sacrafice the convenience, size and weight of a 2 battery camera. The 520 will do 98% of what these power hungry units can do.

Simply said the A510/520 camera is a potent package that is very hard to beat.

So easy to use.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I love this camera!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The reason i'm putting this in, is because I checked out the review before i bought and it was very helpful, so I hope this helps others.I bought this camera used, the previous owner had it for about a year and bought another more expensive canon, I could give it a 5 star, but this is my first digital camera so i have nothing to compare. Don't bother to buy regular batteries, they like any digital camera eat regular ones like crazy, buy re-chargable ones they last with no complaints from me. It takes awesome pics and the video is awesome as well, but you can only take videos in lots of light, otherwise it's to dark to see video. I'm still getting use to all the functions it does, like taking out the red eye before I take a pic. Yes I have had the lens stick, that was nothing major, the camera has been dropped a couple times, one time was a slip and fall into the snow, did not make a difference, still works aw some, it is a great starter camera and i have enjoyed it this far, seems like i have had it for a lot longer then I have, I have taken many, many pics with all great quality. I would recommend this camera. Have fun capturing memories!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Tons of fun! Easy to use and amazing value for the price. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had a wonderful experience with this camera. It has withstood constant use and a trip to Peru. The battery life is great. I can take tons of pictures and up to 15 minutes of video on one 256 memory card and 2 rechargeable batteries while using the screen to take and view pictures and video constantly. This is a high quality entry level camera with great features, various settings including some manual, and everything is easy to use. I love it!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Avoid this camera and avoid this company (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I did a lot of research before buying a digital camera. Having taken over 32,000 photos using film, this was all new to me.

I chose this camera from what I had read. After buying it, it’s a different story. Within a few months the zoom froze and Canon might I add didn't pick up the tab for shipping when it was their defect. At least with Dell computers they will pick up the tab for a malfunctioning part etc.

Also when filming outside using movie mode, if you come inside it will not adjust itself and you either get a very black or a very white movie.

Personally I'm not impressed. Also this camera will eat up batteries like they are free hot cakes.

That's my input. Many thanks for taking the time to read what I have had to say.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great techical image quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've owned this camera, a HP Photosmart R817 and a Casio EX Z10 (both same priceclass and around 2004/2005) and this Canon outperforms both by far.

Noise is almost completely non-existant in both light and dark areas, edges are detailed and sharp (good lense) and it has a great light sensitivity with good results indoor and outdoor.

  • 3.0 out of 5
so so (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

its been only 6 mnth and the shutter of the lens opens partially sometimes. what to say more, it was not a gud experience with canon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
THE worst camera we've ever owned! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera was the worst. It had a very slow shutter speed — we lost so many photo opportunities because the shutter was so slow. The shot was long gone before the picture was taken. It had a very slow response time to be able to take another picture. We played around with all the switches, we read the manual from front to back...and we finally sold it. Thank goodness.

  • 4.0 out of 5
lens cover sticking (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

a good camera that took great pictures but two problems existed:
1) the lens cover started to stick when the lense expanded.

2) there was a 10sec delay after taking a picture where you could not take another picture.

Enjoyed the camera but it was got lost/stolen a week ago.

  • 5.0 out of 5
pic quailty is good but has that E18 problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i bought this camera in a canon promotion show .for the pic quailty , i like it better than some sony models but it takes too long between shots .today i have that E8 problem . before doin my little research on th ionternet ,i thought i mistakenly press th lens and th lens got stuck but after browsing th web i learntthat this problem occur without pressing th lens or any accidents done to th lens . i paid for 300 $ for this camera n if this camera cost like 190 $ to repair , i would rather buy another new digital camera .

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Value for the money! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

What a surprise! I took a shot of a white rose with green leaves around it, with the resolution on L [large] and the compression F [fine], which is one step below the top Superfine. Then, I blew up the image in my photo editor, and the leaves, around the edges, were razor sharp. What a lens!
For really sharp pix, I keep the Digital Zoom turned Off.

I like the creative possibilities via the mode dial wheel. In P [program] I can see the shutter speed & f stops. In a shopping mall, I set the dial for motion, and got a blurred shot of people moving up and down on the escalators. Even at ISO 200 & 400 there is little noise in the pictures. It's comfortable to hold with one hand, and I love the sound of the shutter.

A former Photojournalist, I find myself reaching more for the A510 than our 4 MP S410.

  • 4.0 out of 5
no shock proof (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've got this camera for my 18th bithday. After 2 days i had my party.It was cool until i dropped on the floor.The damn camera would not switch on any more just because of a simple drop on the capet. The display showed an error(e18) and that's it.Luckly the shop from witch i've bought the camera was understanding and sent it to the cannon service.I got it back in 1week, working perfectly and with no repair charge. I understand that i was lucky and that many other owners got this problem but cannon did not fix their cameras.Although it isn't shock proof it takes great pictures.It is worth the money.

  • 3.0 out of 5
an average camera for starters (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera as my first venture with digital cameras, although this camera is capable of taking some fabulous shots when used to its maximum capability, and it offers versatile options for a beginner, it could have done better with a larger storage card and rechargable batteries. also it takes about 6-10 seconds before you can take a consecutive shot doesn't do a great job in the dark. the flash range is too short and its a simple problem which the canon could have solved. although people find it great for $200, i would have been happier if it had taken care of simple and small, but important problems. i would suggest to pump in $50-100 more and go for an olympus camedia or something.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Lense cover remains partially closed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had excellent photos however, I now have to flick the lens with my finger to get the lense cover to open. It has gotten worse with the opening less and less. When I forget to flick it, the photo has a diagonal shadow in its corners.

  • 4.0 out of 5
My first digicam (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

its a great camera, easy to use and loads of features. Not fabulous for pros, but great for first time users, or leisure photographers.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Exellant picture quality for price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had gone throuh 100's of reviews on approx. 20 various websites & selected this.
Great camera, great pictures.
3.2 Megapixel is really quite high for A4 size sharp print out.
Problem is high shutter lag & no advance features of taking video clips. Can't zoom while taking video clips.
But picture quality is far better than Sony and Kodak same price level cameras.
Good Job Canon

  • 5.0 out of 5
This is great and so much fun.... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am really enjoying this little camera. It takes awesome pictures that I have been emailing to family and they say they are great. I haven't figured out all this little baby does but it will be that much better when I do. I can't find anything wrong with it. And for the price it can't be beat!!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best digital camera I've owned... By far! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera from profeel video. It rocks!

One recommendation I would have is to get some good rechargeable batteries (not the cheap kind). I have Panasonic Ni-MH 2300mAh, I have taken over 100 pictures (half with the flash) and have not changed the batteries yet.

Recycle time:
The recycle time for the flash is quite slow, but if you don't use flash and have good batteries the recycle time is not too bad. The movie mode on this camera is not A+, but if you want a camcorder, buy a camcorder!

Quality of pics:
I've owned a 6MP camera, and this 3.2MP takes much better quality pictures. Remember, it's not all about the # of pixels. Honestly, how many people actually need poster sized pictures anyways? At highest quality, this thing will make 8.5X11 prints that are stellar.

Manual control:
If you like to control almost every aspect of your camera, you will really like the A510. The manual modes on this thing are very versatile.

Recommended ?
I've only had the camera for a week, but I'm a gadgets junky and somewhat know my stuff... I wholeheartedly recommend this camera. For the price it definitely cannot be beat!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst camera I have ever owned (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Eats rechargeable batteries very fast - I get about 7 pictures before my rechargeable batteries die. Very frustrating. When the battery dies the zoom does not retract.

  • 2.0 out of 5
E18 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My wife wanted a digital camera for about 6 months so after much research I purchased the Canon PowerShot A510. It was a decent start up digital camera. After owning it for 4 months the lens froze and we got the E18 error. I searched the internet and it appears literally hundred of PowerShot users are experiencing this problem. It also appears the price Canon is asking doesn't make sense on how little the camera costs.

  • 1.0 out of 5
too slow too laggy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is too slow, you must wait over 6 seconds for next shot!!! And in the dark you cannot see anything on the pictures if you don't put camera on something firm...

  • 5.0 out of 5
it did take great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The shutter will not close so it will not let me take a picture

  • 5.0 out of 5
Consumer Reports is Right.....Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera, and thanks to the 'gazillions' of reviews I read on this web page on many many cameras, along with the above magazine's review, I decided to get the A510, and I can't believe what a beauty it is. Within a half hour I was taking wonderful photos, and easily dumping them onto my computer. Using 2500mah rechargeable batteries, I have no problem at all using this baby wherever I go, and I have no problem lighting up a room with the flash, repeatedly. It is actually more camera than I need, but maybe I will grow into some of the features it offers later on. It clearly is a best value, and I am just thrilled with the design and its capabilities.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best 3.2 mp camera out there (anonymous — 07/18/2006)


Lots of Shooting modes, almost all of which are usefull
Awesome Macro mode
Very versatile, great for amateur and novice photographers
Very crisp and clear pictures
Learn the ISO range and night pictures are great
4x optitical zoom is more than you'll get out of most cameras

Why do companies insist on giving you crappy non-re-chargable batteries and a 16-mb card...
Will white out pics under sunny/misty conditions

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera for family and business (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We bought the camera one week ago for business and pleasure. Wy wife uses it for Real Estate to post pictures to her web site, easy to use and post pictures. We took the sd memory card to Wal Mart yesterday and used the Fuji kiosk to develop some 4x7 and 8x10 pictures made of the kids. Simple to use and the pictures came out crystal clear. We love the small size of the camera. We did purchase rechargeable batteries and a 256mb card.

  • 5.0 out of 5
This is a great camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera and it is great! I have had it now for about 5 hours and the whole family has had a blast. Even my 5 year can take excellent pictures with it. It is fun to use, easy to operate and takes sharp pictures. The movie mode is a wonderful feature with sound recorded automatically. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The best of the money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have used many digital cameras, since 1998. This is the best camera under $200. I've bought two at around $170. Very clear sound with the movie mode. ISO up to 400 surely beats Nikon 3700 (ISO 200) both in price and features. Picture quality is great. Over all you can't get a better camera at this price, at this time.

  • 5.0 out of 5
best deal for $ (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It does everything it says, and them some...I am very glad I got it...this is my 4th digital. and it might be my last. I great buy.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent low-end camera. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I own larger, more powerful (and more expensive) digital cameras, but I wanted a pocket-sized one that runs on regular (AA) batteries for a trip overseas (didn't want to lug around a big/expensive camera). The Canon PowerShot A510 is more than suitable for such a use. The 3.2 MP resolution is fine for simple vacation photos, it's easy to use (can be used one-handed) and fits well into a large pocket. The camera starts up very quickly and the lens is protected when it shuts down. It has many user friendly features that make it a great travel companion and secondary camera even for serious photographers as well as a great choice for novices. This combined with the low price make it a great buy!

  • 3.0 out of 5
good but... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The write speed is very poor.. after clicking shot, it takes almost 8 seconds ( more some times) to store the picture... that means, u can't keep clicking.
I also observed that some times the picture is not clear .. kind of painted .
I had very high expectations after using Nikon 3700 , but I am yet to feel good about this.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Simple to use and pictures are excellent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The only problem I had was downloading to my computer. I called Canon and with instructions from a very helpful service rep this problem was resolved (my printer program was blocking the camera program). After that glitch, the camera has been everything I want at a great price.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera and not just for the price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera produces excellent quality photos. In fact, the results are much better than I expected. Ergonomics are extremely good, too. The 4x zoom lens is very sharp. AF is very quick and accurate. Low light performance has been much better than expected. This camera is much better than Canon G3 I have in almost every way. I have been able to take outstanding pictures with this camera -- better than the ones that come out of my Minolta SLR with prime lenses. Wow!

  • 5.0 out of 5
In a word (anonymous — 07/18/2006)


  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazingly Easy! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just took this out of the box, have never owned a digital camera before; I read the quick-start brochure, and after putting in the batteries was snapping pictures of all my co-workers. The color, and clarity is brilliant. I also plugged it right into my computer and the pictures came right up! AMAZING is all I can say - an overall wonderful camera - can't wait to see what else it does.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazed and Easy to Learn! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Needed to get some landscaping shots and bought the Canon PowerShot A510 because it was under $200 (all I could afford). Read the easy instructions and it was up and running within 5 minutes! I was taking great shots and was amazed when I printed them out! Clear and beautiful. I'm just an amateur but this camera is perfect when you're on a budget but still want great shots. Recommend highly!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Can't Be beat for under $200!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This little camera is the best camera under the $200 market. I uses a slightly smaller sensor then the A75, but gives just as good a picture. The A520 crams more MP in the same size sensor so you will get more noise then the A510. The Flash recycle time is a little slow, but for the price, size, and quality it is worth it. I've been using 2200mA/h rechargeable AA and haven't had any problem with battery drainage. Great little camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to use and it takes great pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I researched and decided to try the cannon brand and when I got to the Store the 510 was the lastest for the $200 price I was shooting for. I like the ease of use and I like the pics it take the color is great I take alot of dog photos and the colors are great and the eyes come out as true and honest as the pups themselves

  • 5.0 out of 5
What more do you want (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
As far as I am concerned, for a camera at this price it can't be beaten. Have not yet found anything that does not meet my needs and expectations. It is a fast starter, has a pretty fast focus and takes the picture fast as well. The photos are of a very good quality and the camera has lots and lots of features. It's just great.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Wow!! great camera for the price. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Did my research on the web for about two weeks. I was going to buy the Canon S1IS for myself and buy something a little cheaper for my 14 year old daughter as we both are into digital photography. I already own an Olympus D620L which is old but still awesome also a canon AE1 35 mm. Reviewed the Canon A510 bought it and used it for two days..It is totally awesome for the price. The only drawback is the supplied batteries and memory card. Replaced the 16 mb SD card with a 512 mb and bought the Canon Ni-mh batteries and charger. I don't think I will get the S1IS if my daughter will let me borrow the A510.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Just as good as my Canon Rebel 2000 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had a Canon Rebel 2000 for about 5 years now and have taken some great pictures with it. However, I was getting tired of hauling around a big camera. The A510 is my first digital camera and I bought it primarily for point and shoot pictures. However, I'm finding out that this thing is just as versatile as the Rebel 2000. For under $200 this camera can't be beat!

  • 5.0 out of 5
The A510 is an excellent camera. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The ability to use full manual controls (control shutter, aperture, white balance, flash output, etc.) is an amazing feature set for under $200. There is also fully automatic operation for those who just want to point-and-shoot. This camera is smaller and lighter than the A75 and runs on two AA batteries. The A510 also has a 4x optical zoom that works very well.
The picture quality is excellent. Colors and exposure are also great.
Overall, this camera takes excellent pictures, has an impressive set of controllable features, has full automatic mode with special scene modes (for example, kids and pets, fireworks, and snow modes to name a few) and has very good battery life. I would recommend this camera to anyone.

  • 5.0 out of 5
For a low price, it's excellent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
It's an excellent camera because you can control almost all the photographic parameters (e.g. light, speed, flash output, etc) in a tiny body and for a low price. The resolution is enough for printing good copies on paper.
  • 4.0 out of 5
The 510 pix came out sharper and more vibrant (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I bought the G6 at the same time as the new A510 (the 510 was a gift)compared shots taken in identical situations-indoor with flash, on auto and the 510 pix came out sharper and more vibrant. With my new baby due to arrive any day and anticipating a lot of indoor pix the G6 is a major disappointment especially with the $350 price difference. I returned it and got another 510 for myself.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes excellent pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This camera is great for anyone looking for a camera with great specs for a great price. This camera has a great lcd screen that show very clear pictures. The lenses on this camera are very good to. Pictures are very good quality. Would recommend to anyone.
  • 5.0 out of 5
It is a great camera so far! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
It is compact but it really gets the job done. The picture quality is great. The package comes with great photo software.