Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Compact Digital Camera

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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

The Power Shot Canon SX510 HS from Canon is a compact digital point & shoot camera which features a 12.1MP 1/2.3 inch high-sensitivity CMOS image sensor along with a DIGIC 4 imaging processor to deliver high resolution still images and full 1080p HD video with illustrious low-light quality and sensitivity. The processor sensor work hand in hand to facilitate the Canon HS SYSTEM, helping in reducing noise levels along with a greater gain in clarity for enhanced poor-light images. The processor also provides speed all through every single bit of the camera system, which also includes High Speed autofocus and Framing Zoom Assist, assuring maintained and crisp focus on rapidly moving subjects. A built-in 30x optical Canon zoom lens offers a 24-720mm range (35mm-equivalent focal range), covering wide-angle through super telephoto for shooting in just about any situation. The focal range of the lens is enriched by the use of an optical image stabilization mode which works to diminish the semblance of camera shake. Six unique Intelligent IS photo stabilization settings are additionally possible, and can be applied automatically to suit the subject and type of shooting.

For image framing, playback, and navigating the menu, a big, 3.0" bright 461k-dot LCD screen is facilitates using the built-in wireless abilities of the SX510 HS' . Connecting to Wi-Fi helps in expediting the sending images from the SX510 directly to an iOS or Android mobile device by using the available free Canon Camera Window application. Also a big help is the iMAGE GATEWAY by Canon, serving as an interface for directly uploading images to cloud and social networking sites. For polishing the appearance of pictures and helping to assure a rigorous exposure framework, Smart AUTO functions can be used to give the green light to the camera to choose camera settings based upon the scene interpreted at the time. There are 32 unique pre-arranged shooting situations available to encompass shooting in a wide array of conditions. ✓

12.1MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor

    The 12.1 megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor work in concert to produce high resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p video recording with notable low-light sensitivity and quality. The combination of these two technologies creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, which provides a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12800 with minimal noise and enhanced clarity to truly benefit impressive image making in dimly-lit situations. The processor also contributes to overall speed throughout the camera, including High Speed AF and Zoom Framing Assist for accurately following subjects and ensuring sharpness.
Canon 30x Optical Zoom Lens
    The built-in Canon 30x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-720mm, covering wide-angle to super telephoto perspectives to suit working in nearly any situation. Benefitting this extensive zoom range is the integration of optical image stabilization, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake. Furthermore, Intelligent IS image stabilization is also available and works to counter the effects of camera shake by automatically choosing from one of six different modes to optimize settings based on the type of shooting conditions. The Normal setting corrects for a wide range of movements and is ideal for still photography; the Panning setting detects when panning shots are being made and does not compensate for lateral shake; the Macro (Hybrid) setting specifically corrects for shift-type shake that is common when working with close-up subject matter; the Dynamic mode is highly effective for video work and wide-angle settings and helps to minimize common shake that occurs while walking or moving with the camera; the Powered setting is suited for shooting at the telephoto end of the zoom range when hand shake is most prevalent; and Tripod mode simply turns off the IS since it is no longer needed.
Built-In Wireless Connectivity
    Built-in Wi-Fi allows direct, wireless transferring of photos and videos to mobile devices and PCs for instant online sharing to social networking sites and cloud-based storage sites. The CANON iMAGE GATEWAY helps to expedite this process through an intuitive workflow and the free Canon CameraWindow app, available for iOS and Android devices, enables efficient transferring control and also permits GPS tagging to images. An enhanced Wi-Fi set-up also works to streamline connecting to wireless hot spots, too, as WEP Key input is no longer needed and wireless preferences can easily be modified through a web browser. Additionally, Automatic Switching via the Image Sync function works to automatically sync images with any discovered and linked PC within a designated network or, alternatively, images are temporarily sent to the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY for later transferring.
Other Camera Features
  • Full HD 1080p video recording at 24 fps is supported and an HDMI port, HDMI-CEC support, is integrated into the camera's design to enable direct playback to an HDTV.
  • A dedicated movie button and electronic wind filter help to enhance video recording by making it more accessible and improving the overall quality of recordings.
  • A bright, clear 3.0" 461k-dot LCD monitor is available for live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation.
  • Smart AUTO is an intelligent auto mode that selects from 32 pre-defined shooting situations and applies the proper camera settings to ensure accurately detailed and exposed imagery.
  • Zoom Framing Assist automatically zooms in and out while tracking a subject to maintain sharp focus while the subject is moving.
  • Shooting modes: Manual, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, Program, Live View Control, Smart AUTO, Movie Digest, Portrait, Face Self-Timer, High-Speed Burst, Low Light, Snow, Fireworks, Creative Filters, Discreet Mode, Movie, and Super Slow Motion Movie.
  • Special Scene Modes and Creative Filters are available to creatively and aesthetically enhance your imagery in-camera.
  • ECO Mode works to enables more shooting time per battery charge by limiting the amount of time the camera is awake during inactive periods.
  • 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, Malay, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.

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Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4608 x 3456  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 12 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 13 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
Processor Digic 4  
ISO Auto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200  
White balance presets 5  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Optical  
Uncompressed format No  
JPEG quality levels Superfine, Fine  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24720 mm  
Optical zoom 30  
Maximum aperture F3.4 - F5.8  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus Yes  
Normal focus range 5 cm (1.97)  
Macro focus range 0 cm (0)  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 461,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT Color LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)  
Flash range 5.00 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, on, slow synchro, off  
Continuous drive 3.8 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)  
Format MPEG-4, H.264  
Videography notes Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 5fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (Mini-HDMI)  
Wireless Built-In  
Wireless notes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n  
Remote control No  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion NB-6LH rechargeable battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 250  
Weight (inc. batteries) 349 g (0.77 lb / 12.31 oz)  
Dimensions 104 x 70 x 80 mm (4.09 x 2.76 x 3.15)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording No  
GPS None


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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Compact Digital Camera
The Power Shot Canon SX510 HS from Canon is a compact digital point & shoot camera which features a 12.1MP 1/2.3 inch high-sensitivity CMOS image sensor along with a DIGIC 4 imaging processor to deliver high resolution still images and full 1080p HD video.
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