Canon PowerShot A520 Review
The A520 bears a close family resemblance to the rest of the A series, and is externally almost identical to the A510, announced simultaneously. It's a little smaller and lighter than the A85 it replaces, and the design has been cleaned up a little. The basic external controls are roughly the same as those found on the A85, though they've been shuffled around a little. The body is constructed for the most part from metal (the grip is covered in high grade plastic), and loaded with a pair of AA batteries it has a satisfying weight to it. The styling is functional rather than super-stylish, although it is an improvement on its predecessors, and - though not quite pocketable - is fairly compact.
In your hand
First impressions of the A520 are remarkably positive for a 'budget' camera - it's very solid and seems very well put together, and the weight makes it feel very stable and nicely balanced in the hand. The grip - a little shallow for my liking (more so than its predecessor's) - is complimented on the rear of the camera by a textured area where your thumb sits. The large shutter release and zoom lever are well placed for single-handed shooting, though I found the A520 felt a lot safer - and steadier - when supported by both hands. You cannot fault Canon when it comes to the build quality of the A520; it does not feel in any way like a budget camera, and what it lacks in sex appeal it makes up for in fit and finish.