Canon Powershot ELPH 520 | Dedicated Movie Button

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A Strikingly
Slim and Compact Digital Camera

Canon Powershot ELPH 520 Which is just 0.76" thick. Featuring an intuitive, functional and layout and includes Canon's HS System; the ideal integration between a quick DIGIC 5 Imaging Processer and a 10.1MP elevated-sensitivity CMOS image sensor The 12x optical, 28mm wide angle zoom lens is further assisted with sophisticated Optical Image Stabilization, delivering broad views and assuring that you'll have the ability to capture exactly the scene you are looking for.

Thinnest camera with a 12x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer and 28mm Wide-Angle lens. Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 10.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with Canon's DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional low-light performance up to ISO 3200. Shoot beautiful 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output. A 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD enables easy viewing.

Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 58 predefined shooting situations and the new Face ID function adjusts focus and exposure priority based on pre-registered faces. Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.

Improved Movie Digest records a short 720p HD video clip right before shooting a photo and then combines one day's worth of clips into one video. New Smooth Skin and Soft Focus scene modes allow you to capture more pleasing portraits. High-Speed Burst Mode allows continuous shooting (6.8 fps) and Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow playback in slow motion.  ✓


10.1MP CMOS Sensor
12x Optical Zoom 28mm Wide Angle Lens
3.0" High Resolution PureColor LCD
Optical Image Stabilizer
DIGIC 5 Image Processor
Continuous Burst Mode of 6.8fps
Full 1080p HD Video with Stereo Sound
Super Slow Motion Movie Records 240fps
Smart AUTO and Intelligent IS Features
Thin, Clean Profile and Modern Design

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Camera type Ultracompact  
Camera Image sensor
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736  
Additional resolutions 3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432, 3648 x 2048, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2736 x 2736, 2192 x 2736, 2112 x 2112, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1064, 1696 x 2112, 1200 x 1200, 960 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480, 384 x 480, 320 x 240  
Image ratio width:height 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Operational pixels 10.1 megapixels  
Photo detector sensors 16.8 megapixels  
Image sensor size 1/3" (4.8 x 3.6 mm)  
Image sensor type BSI-CMOS  
Processor DIGIC 5  
Camera Image
ISO value Auto 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200  
White bal presets 6  
Custom white bal modes Yes (1)  
Stabilization type Optical  
Stabilization typenotes Approx. 3.5-stop  
JPEG compression levels Fine, Normal  
Focusing and Optics
Focal length (equiv.) 28 336 mm  
Optical image zoom 12  
Autofocus type
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Digital image zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus ability No  
Macro focus ratio 1 cm (.39")  
Number of focus positions 9  
Camera mount None  
Monitor and viewfinder
Pivoting LCD Fixed  
Monitor size 3"  
Screen resolution 461,000  
Touch screen interface No  
Screen type PureColor II G TFT LCD  
Live view LCD Yes  
Viewfinder style None  
Photography highlights
Largest aperture opening F3.4 - F5.6  
Slowest shutter speed 15 sec  
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 sec  
Aperture priority mode No  
Shutter priority mode No  
Manual exposure setting No  
Scene modes Yes  
Flash built-in Yes  
Flash coverage 2.5 m  
External flash No  
Flash mode settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync  
Continuous shooting Yes (2.8 fps)  
Self-timing device Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)  
Metering mode settings
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 3 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
White balance bracketing No  
Videography highlights
File formats
  • H.264
Microphone inputs Stereo  
Speaker outputs Stereo  
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)  
Videography notes Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps iFrame Movie (HD)  
Media storage
Storage devices microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC  
Multiple Device Connections
USB port USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI interface Yes (Mini)  
Wireless connectivity None  
Remote ability No  
Physical features
Environmental sealing No  
Power Battery Pack  
Battery type Lithium-Ion NB-9L rechargeable battery & charger  
Battery life cycle 190  
Overall weight 155 g (0.34 lb / 5.47 oz)  
Overall dimensions 87 x 54 x 19 mm (3.43 x 2.13 x .75")  
Additional features
Built-in orientation sensor Yes  
Interval recording No  
Global Positioning System None

Camera Includes
Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera
NB-9L Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.5V)
CB-2LB Battery Charger for NB-9L Battery
IFC-400PCU USB Interface Cable
WS-DC11 Wrist Strap
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
1-Year Limited Warranty

Canon Powershot ELPH 520

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