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PowerShot SX520 HS
Drivers & Downloads
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 42x Optical, 4x Digital and 168x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
16.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS
Approx. 16.8 Megapixels
Approx. 16.0 Megapixels*
*Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
4.3 (W) - 180.6 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-1008mm)
Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 4.3 ft. (1.3m) - infinity (T)
Auto/Manual: 0.0 in. (0cm) - infinity (W), 4.3 ft. (1.3m) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: 0.0 in. - 1.6 ft. (0-50cm) (W)
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle
Approx. 461,000 dots
f/3.4 (W), f/6.0 (T)
15-1/2000 sec. (in Tv and M modes)
Auto, ISO 100-3200
Light Metering Method
Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF.
** Metering frame is fixed to the center.
Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock
Still Images: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance Control
Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
* Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
1.6 ft. - 18 ft. (W), 4.3 - 9.8 ft. (T) (50cm - 5.5m (W), (1.3m - 3.0m (T))
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance.
10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Hybrid Auto, Auto, Creative Shot, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Movie*3Shooting movies is possible with the movie button*1 Portrait, Smart Shutter*4, High-speed Burst, Low Light, Snow, Fireworks*2 Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect*3 Standard*4 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color *
*Adjustment of contrast, sharpness, color saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available
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.
Normal: Approx. 1.6 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Normal: Approx. 10 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst mode)
Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically. Differs depending on the zoom position.
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format
Superfine / Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
1) 16:9 - Large: 4608 x 2592; Medium 1: 3264 x 1832; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360
2) 3:2 - Large: 4608 x 3072; Medium 1: 3264 x 2176; Medium 2: 2048 x 1368; Small: 640 x 424
3) 4:3 - Large: 4608 x 3456; Medium 1: 3264 x 2448; Medium 2: 2048 x 1536; Small: 640 x 480
4) 1:1 - Large: 3456 x 3456; Medium 1: 2448 x 2448; Medium 2: 1536 x 1536; Small: 480 x 480
*2304 x 1728 (M) when in High-speed Burst or Low Light
Note: SF=Superfine, F=Fine* When in Low Light or High-speed Burst.• 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.
*1 Playback rate is 30 fps.
*2 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
Playback Modes File
Stills & Videos:
Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Slideshow (Repeat, Interval, Effect)
Still Images:Single, Index (6-100 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Resize, My Colors, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
Normal Playback*1, Skip Backward*2, Previous Frame*3, Next Frame*3, Skip Forward*2
Displays playback position and shooting time. Using the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer.
*1 Audio settings available in 5 levels*2 Approximately 4 seconds*3 Slow motion available
Select Image, Select Range, Select All 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.
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video), Mini-HDMI connector
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
USB, SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Battery Pack NB-6LH, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40)
Approx. 210 shots
Approx. 290 shots in ECO Mode
Video Recording Time: Approx. 50 min
Approx. 5 hours
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.72 x 3.22 x 3.62in. / 120.0 x 81.7 x 91.9mm
15.6 oz. / 441g (CIPA standard)
14.7 oz. / 417g (camera body only)
† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
Compatible Supplies & Accessories
Canon offers a wide range of compatible supplies and accessories that can enhance your user experience with you PowerShot SX520 HS that you can purchase direct. Scroll down to easily select items to add to your shopping cart for a faster, easier checkout. Visit the Canon Online Store
67mm Circular Polarizer PL-CB
Filter enhances picture quality by blocking harmful reflected light.
67mm Protect Filter
These filters can help protect your lens against dust, moisture, fingerprints, scratches and damage and can be kept on your lens at all times. Filter fits select lenses with a 67mm diameter.
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40
AC Adapter Kit for Digital Cameras.
Battery Charger CB-2LY
Battery Charger for NB-6L Li-Ion Batteries.
Battery Pack NB-6LH
Battery Pack for selected S-series and SX-series models.
Delux Soft Case PSC-4200
This specially designed soft carrying case provides stylish protection to your PowerShot camera while on the go, or for storage.
Filter Adapter FA-DC67A
This adapter is required for the 67mm lens filter on the selected PowerShot SX series.
Mini-HDMI Cable: connects Canon HD Camcorders/select PowerShot Cameras to HDMI compatible TV.
High-Power Flash HF-DC2
Powerful slave flash, fired by the camera's pre-flash. Effectively doubles the flash range of the camera. Comes with mounting bracket.
Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
The Canon IFC-400PCU USB Interface Cable enables you to transfer your camera pictures to a computer fast. The cable connects to your camera and to the USB port on your PC or MAC Computer. Comes standard with the EOS 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark II, 1D Mark II N, 1D Mark II, 5D Mark II, 7D, 5D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, Digital Rebel XTi, Digital Rebel XT and Digital Rebel. Please see Compatibility tab for compatible models.
Lens Hood LH-DC60
The addition of the lens hood can prevent flares.
Video Cable AVC-DC400ST
Enables direct image display from the EOS to an HD television or a similar display device. Comes standard with the EOS 1D Mark IV, 7D, 60D, Rebel T3i and Rebel T2i. Please see Compatibility tab for compatible models.
Software Developer Kit
The Software Developer Kit can now be found at Developersupport.canon.com. Please visit this site to apply and gain access to the Canon SDK's, find SDK compatibility information with current and past Canon EOS and Powershot models, and read FAQ's regarding Canon's SDK's.