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Conclusion

The slender, feature-packed ELPH 510 offers a versatile lens, nice feature set and effective image stabilization. Image quality is good for its class, and generally quite impressive considering the ambitious range of its 12X zoom.

We only have two real issues with this camera, but depending on how you use it either or both could be very serious. Firstly, as regards image quality, chromatic aberrations can be problematic in some scenes (especially towards the edges in wideangle shots). Canon's newer compact cameras feature Digic V processors that correct CA in-camera, but the ELPH 510 HS misses out.

Secondly, the 510's all-important touch-screen interface isn't perfect, and won't suit everyone. Screen responsiveness is not at the level we'd expect from a smartphone or from the touch-screens on some competitive models and this can be seriously detrimental to the user experience. It's not a deal-breaker, necessarily (the 510 HS is primarily a point and shoot camera, after all), but it can be very frustrating, especially since the touch-sensitive UI is so utterly central to the user experience.

Utimately, the ELPH 510 HS is a good-value, versatile camera that is capable of producing nice images. For basic point-and-shoot operation it is a perfectly pleasant companion (and the zoom range is great), but the laggy, unprecise touchscreen makes getting to grips with its feature set much less enjoyable than it should be.

Canon IXUS 1100 HS / IXY 50S / Canon ELPH 510 HS / Canon IXUS 1100 HS
Category: Compact Camera
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Exposure and focus accuracy
Image quality (jpeg)
Flash performance
Low light / high ISO performance
Optics
Performance (speed)
Movie / video mode
Value
PoorExcellent
Good for
Everyday point-and shoot photography
Not so good for
Wet weather or intense use, where the unresponsive touchscreen makes it awkward to explore the camera's full feature set.
Overall score
69%
The Canon ELPH 510 HS (IXUS 1100 HS) is a slim, stylish compact with a lot to offer both in terms of features and image quality. Our only real concerns relate to chromatic aberrations, which can be a problem around high-contrast scene elements, and its touch-screen interface, which isn't as responsive as we'd like.

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