Canon PowerShot A520 User Reviews

Announced Feb 1, 2005 •
4 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 35 – 140 mm (4×)

This camera is for beginners, and this is why I will aim my review to people who are interested in going a first step forwards in "serious" photography. With the A520 you will be able to have a cheap, solid and reliable camera that has some elements even pricier cameras have. There are many options within this camera and when you actually acknowledge their existence ( you must really READ the MANUAL to fully grasp what's available to you ) and use them, you will see that this wonderful piece ...

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After 2 years and thousands of pictures, I like this robust little camera. I now use it mostly for underwater pictures, in the Canon waterproof housing, which has worked flawlessly. The only real drawback is the shutter lag, and shot to shot time lag. I have missed many good snorkelling/scuba shots, as a result of this. The camera will be soon replaced with a newer camera (A650is?), and I will likely use a less than full resolution setting, in order to decrease the time it takes to write ...

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asaluste

Fantastic camera. I have been using it dayly for about 2 years and taken over 10000 photos with it. It is still working fine and I can't say anything bad about it. Doesn't look that good as it used to though. It is small, fits in hand and also in pocket. All the buttons are in comfortable places and menus are very easy and understandable. Takes very good photos even in Auto settings. Batteries last quite long but low battery warning is given about 10 seckonds before batteries die. I have ...

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gresh
 

You mightn’t think it but this is an awesome, awesome bit of kit. Had mine for over two years, never getting rid of it. It takes better photos than pretty much any point and shoot Ive been able to compare it against on the same monitor. I recently bought a Canon A570IS to replace it and was in the lucky position of having both at the same time. I whipped around house and yard taking the same photo with both cameras and compared the two. The A570IS was sold on ebay a week later. I ‘think’ the ...

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I bought this cam in Radio Shack for $199.00+tax, when I bought they offer me a 256 MB SD Card. A few months ago, I bought 1 GB SD Card. The cam store much photos and I can flim more larger videos in 320x240 resolution.

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I have being using my A520 for about a year, and, though it's not a perfect camera (it's a budget camera!), I find much more to like than to dislike about it. Good stuff: - Canon-like bright colors (vivid reds), but no exagerated saturation. Unless you want it. - Vivid mode adjustment allows colourful pictures in dull daylight. A very welcome plus. Delivers punchy pictures. - Good detail for a 4 megapixel cam; - Impressive (and intelligent) night shot mode. Illuminates front subject (people) ...

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cheicobr

Excellent camera for begginer or for cotidian day-a-day. Much features, very programs. Good camera to the streets, without professional compromisse. In very situations, excellent photos for 4.0 MP. Problems: Low qualitu in dark

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panauser

I purchased this camera in addition to an SLR. Mostly for my wife to take pictures of our new baby. She has been using it in P and Auto mode and the images are excellent. Low light capability of this camera is not very good, images are relatively noisy but only 1 or two cameras can do well in low light. Camera also has a decent movie mode. I convert movies to divx using virtualdub and them we can watch them on the dvd player. Camera also records and plays sound. Build quality is a bit ...

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RobertZ
 

Simple and effective camera. Pictures are consistent, with good clarity. I suggest using the highest resolution. Response time is quick. Ability to make a lot of adjustments (aperature, shutter speed, ISO, etc.) is useful. Battery life is amazing. I bought two Panasonic 2300mAh NiMh AA batteries and tried to see how many shots I would get. Using a mix of modes, flash on/off, power up/down, etc. (but display always on), I took well over 2000 shots. I had to erase my 512MB SD card a ...

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