Canon PowerShot A520 Review
Announced just before PMA in February 2005, the PowerShot A520 is the replacement for the PowerShot A85, and continues the line of best-selling budget models that goes right back to early 2001 with the A10 and A20. The changes are evolutionary rather than revolutionary; a reduction in size and weight (it's 13% smaller and 20% lighter), the inclusion of a new four times optical zoom lens (the A85 had a three times), zoom-linked flash, a shift from CompactFlash to SD card for storage and a drop to two AA batteries from four.
- 4.0 megapixel CCD
- 4x (35-140mm equiv.) zoom lens
- Manual, semi automatic and fully automatic exposure
- 20 exposure modes
- New 'hold' function
- Zoom flash
- 9-point AiAF focus
- Optional underwater housing, external flashgun and add-on lenses
- AA battery power
Canon PowerShot A520 vs A85 (main differences)
Canon PowerShot A520
Canon PowerShot A85
|Sensor||• 1/2.5-inch CCD
• 4.0 million effective pixels
|• 1/2.7-inch CCD
• 4.0 million effective pixels
|Lens||35-140mm equiv. F2.6-F5.5||35-105mm equiv. F2.8-F4.8|
|Storage||SD/MMC card||CompactFlash Type I|
|Dimensions||91 x 64 x 38 mm (3.6 x 2.5 x 1.5 in)||101 x 64 x 32 mm (4 x 2.5 x 1.3 in)|
|Weight (inc batteries)||230 g (8.1 oz)||300g (10.6 oz)|
|Continuous Shooting||1.9 fps||1.5 fps|
|Maximum Movie Size/Frame Rate||640 x 480, 30 secs, 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 3 mins||640 x 480, 10 fps, max 30 sec|
|LCD screen||• 1.8-inch
• 115,000 pixels
• 118,000 pixels
|Power Source||2 x AA batteries||4 x AA batteries|
Canon PowerShot A520 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $270
|Body Material||Metal and plastic|
|Sensor||• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 4.0 million effective pixelxels
• 2272 x 1704
|Movie clips||• 640 x 480, max 30 sec
• 320 x 240, max 3 mins
• 160 x 120, max 3 mins
• With audio
• 4x optical zoom
|Focus|| TTL autofocus
9-point AiAF or - point AF (center)
5cm macro mode (Wide), 30cm (Tele)
|Shutter speeds||• 15 - 1/2000 sec
• Noise reduction for shutter speeds slower than 1.3 sec
|Apertures||• F2.6 / F3.2 / F3.5 / F4.0 / F4.5 / F5.0 / F5.6 / F6.3 / F7.1 / F8.0 (wide)
• F5.5 / F6.3 / F7.1 / F8.0 (wide)
ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
|White Balance|| Auto
• Fluorescent H
|Image parameters|| Picture adjust (Vivid, Neutral)
Sharpness (2 levels)
Color effects (Sepia, Black and White)
|Continuous|| • Single
• Continuous (1.9 fps, max 8 images) *
* Large/Fine with LCD off
• Modes: Auto, On, Off
• Slow Sync: On/Off
• Red-Eye reduction: On/Off
• Range (wide): 0.45 - 3.5 m (Auto ISO)
• Range (tele): 0.45 - 2.2 m (Auto ISO)
|Storage|| SD / MMC card
16MB SD supplied*
|Viewfinder|| Real Image Optical|
|LCD monitor|| 1.8" TFT, 115,000 pixels|
|Connectivity|| USB 1.1
|Power|| 2 x AA batteries
NiMH recommended (alkaline supplied)
(Optional AC adapter)
|In the box*||
Canon PowerShot A520
Spot, Center-weighted & Evaluative metering
|Weight (excl batt)||180 g (6.3 oz)|
|Dimensions||91 x 64 x 38 mm (3.6 x 2.5 x 1.5 in) Excluding protrusions|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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