Focusing Range Auto: 0.4 in. (1cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Macro: 0.4 in. - 1.6 ft. (1-50cm) (W)
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus
Optical Viewfinder N/A
LCD Monitor 3.0-inch TFT Color with wide-viewing angle
LCD Pixels Approx. 461,000 dots
LCD Coverage Approx. 100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture f/3.4 (W) - f/5.6 (T)
Shutter Speed 1-1/4000 sec.
15-1/4000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Light Metering Method Evaluative*, Center weighted average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face AiAF.
** Fixed to center.
Exposure Control Method AE Lock
Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
Flash Range 1.6 - 8.2 ft. (W), 3.3 - 4.9 ft. (T) (50 cm - 2.5 m (W), 1.0 - 1.5 m (T))
Recycling Time 10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.5 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation N/A
Shooting Modes Auto*1, P, Movie Digest, Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter*2, High-Speed Burst, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
- Shooting movies are possible with the movie button *1 Smart Auto also available for movies *2 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color*
*Adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available
Self Timer Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom*
* Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
Wireless Control N/A
Continuous Shooting [Normal]
Approx. 2.8 shots/sec. (in P Mode)
Approx. 6.8 shots/sec. (in High-Speed Burst mode)
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically
- Differs according to zoom position
File Format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format Normal, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio data; Linear PCM (2 channel stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels Still Images:
Large: 3648 x 2048, Medium 1: 2816 x 1584,
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080, Small: 640 x 360
Large: 3648 x 2432, Medium 1: 2816 x 1880,
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064, Small: 640 x 424
Large: 3648 x 2736, Medium 1: 2816 x 2112,
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200, Small: 640 x 480
Large: 2736 x 2736, Medium 1: 2112 x 2112,
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200, Small: 480 x 480
1280 x 720 (30 fps*1)
[Super Slow Motion Movie]
640 x 480*2, 320 x 240*3
1280 x 720*4, 640 x 480*4
[Other than the above]
1920 x 1080 (24 fps*5), 1280 x 720 (30 fps*1), 640 x 480 (30 fps*1)
*1 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
*2 Shooting: 120 fps., Playback: 30 fps*1
*3 Shooting: 240 fps., Playback: 30 fps*1
*4 Shooting: 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps Playback: 30 fps*1
*5 Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps
Number of Recordable Images
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
*When in High-speed Burst or Low Light.
*The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.
Time of Recordable Movies
iFrame Movie & Movie Digest
Super Slow Motion Movie
HD: 1280 x 720
HD: 1280 x 720
640 x 480
640 x 480
320 x 240
Video Size (KB/sec.,)
27 min. 39 sec.
3 hr. 35 min. 27 sec.
6 hr. 49 min. 22 sec.
11 hr. 22 min. 17 sec.
7 hr. 34 min. 51 sec.
13 hr. 38 min. 45 sec.
22 hr. 44 min. 36 sec.
26 min. 24 sec.
52 min. 28 sec.
1 hr. 51 min. 37 sec.
14 hr. 29 min. 36 sec.
27 hr. 32 min. 15 sec.
45 hr. 53 min. 45 sec.
30 hr. 35 min. 50 sec.
55 hr. 4 min. 31 sec.
91 hr. 47 min. 32 sec.
1 hr. 46 min. 35 sec.
3 hr. 31 min. 49 sec.
*Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps
**Playback frame rate is 30 fps*
Full HD: 1920 x 1080
HD: 1280 x 720
640 x 480
Video Size (KB/sec.,)
29 min. 39 sec.
42 min. 11 sec.
1 hr. 28 min. 59 sec.
1 hr. 59 min. 43 sec.
2 hr. 50 min. 19 sec.
5 hr. 59 min. 10 sec.
*The approximate recording time on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.
Playback Modes File - Stills & Videos: Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
- Still Images: Single, Index (4-100 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
- Videos: Normal Playback*, Slow Motion**, Special Playback, Editing, Resume
*Auto settings available in 5 levels
** 5 levels (including normal playback), sound not available.
Erase Modes Select image, select range, all images (all filtered images)
- The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
- Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie (1 sec. increments) can be deleted.
Video Out NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Audio Out Stereo (dedicated connector (female) unified type of digital, audio, and video)
Other Mini-HDMI cable: connection to high definition monitor; miniSD Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-speed cable
Power Source 1) Rechargeable lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-9L
2) Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC70
Shooting Capacity Approx. 190 shots
Playback Time Approx. 4 hours
Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.43 x 2.12 x 0.76 in / 87.1 x 53.9 x 19.2mm
Weight Approx. 5.47 oz. (155g) (Including the battery and memory card)
Approx. 4.76 oz. (135g) (Camera only)
Note: 30 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malaysian, Indonesian and Vietnamese.)
All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.
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I bought this camera to replace my old SD300 from 2002, was looking forward to its zoom capability and its small size (it fits nicely in my old leather case). This 520HS camera has been a big disappointment. Its Auto function is constantly struggling to focus and so many of my photos and videos have turned out blurry. It very rarely engages the flash, causing lots of photos in low lighting to come out dark. I've tried taking the same shot with this camera, with my old SD300, and with my sister's 2012 110HS, sadly the shots from this camera consistently come out worst. It's shocking that an 11-year old SD300 does better than this new technology! Another complaint is the controls, which are not quite the same as the other Elphs so there is a bit of a learning curve (not a big deal), but several functions require additional button clicks than on other Elphs (very irritating). On the positive side: the zoom is wonderful, but suffers from the Auto focus problem so it ends up not being very useful after all. I do like the bigger display viewer in the back compared to the tiny one on the old SD300, but it's not much better than the one on the 110HS. I also like the compact feel and square edges of the casing. It's a well made camera but the software/firmware for the Auto function and for flash control needs to be fixed. In summary: skip this product, save your money and buy a 110HS instead or wait till they fix the software/firmware on this model.
July 27, 2013
Video transfer problem
A pretty decent camera, especially for the price. I've had it over a year and the main issue I have is that when I try to transfer videos I've taken 1gb or higher, it NEVER works. I can view the film on the camera itself, but can't play it on my computer from the camera or transfer it to the computer. This is very annoying as I've had to delete a number of videos I took and would have liked to keep :/ It's such a weird issue because 1gb or lower video files transfer and play just fine. A firmware update could probably fix this but I know we won't be getting one :/
July 4, 2013
Disappointed But Has Potential
I'm a long time Canon camera enthusiast and enjoy both their DSLR cameras and their digital ELPH series for the most part. This camera looks great on paper and has some very impressive specs. However in practice this camera suffers from some bad firmware compared to other cameras I've used. I use this camera a lot at concerts and vacations and the "auto" mode seems to have a difficult time focusing and determining whether to shoot in macro mode or standard. This can become quite annoying when you're trying to take a picture of a mountain and it can't focus because it thinks the mountain is .4 inches away. I've had even worse luck when trying to zoom in and then auto-focus. Sometimes the camera just "gives up" and can't focus on the subject.
The same thing happens in movie mode where the camera can lose focus so easily and then the only way to regain focus is to zoom all the way out again and then slowly zoom back in.
I believe the hardware is actually really good in this camera because when you get a clear shot the quality is superb (and moderately superb in a concert setting) and I'm pretty sure that the issues could be fixed with a software/firmware update. However unfortunately it doesn't look like Canon will update the firmware any time soon as it's been over a year since we've seen any update.
I'd recommend skipping this camera until they've been able to correct for these issues. It's frustrating when the guy taking a picture with his iPhone can get clearer/better pictures than you with a dedicated piece of camera hardware.
April 13, 2013
A great camera in a small package
This is a great camera in a very small package. I purchased it because of its size and portability. I use it in the intelligent auto mode most of the time and I have been pleased with the results. It has a sophisticated operating system which takes a little study at first. I like the menus as they are similar to other Canon cameras that I own. I have the instruction book on my smart phone and on my tablet for ease of reference. It is a good camera for social and family events. I use the tracking auto focus. The switch buttons are small for large fingers.
December 18, 2012