Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 12x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle
  • 1080p HD video recording with stereo sound
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-08-23
  • Final Grade: 82 B

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS
A popular compact from Canon
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS.

Almost the same size as the 310 HS, the 510 HS packs a large 12x zoom into a very small package. Reviewed very well, the 510 HS features a 12x optical zoom, 1080p HD video, and a 3.2-inch touchscreen. Be warned that the touchscreen held the camera back from being a perfect performer due to finicky and sometimes slow operation. Also note that a replacement model, the 520 HS, has been announced. Interestingly, Canon has decided to add WiFi connectivity and scale the megapixel count back to 10, a more reasonable number that will hopefully yield even better results in low light.

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