Playback, Editing and Print
Inputs and Outputs Notes
LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a
3" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 461,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage
and a 5-level brightness adjustment. The Night Display feature automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the
brightness of the subject, making it easier to frame the subject in dark
Image Sensor/Processor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor
with 16.8-million total pixels, and 10.1-million effective pixels. Together, the
10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 processor make up the Canon HS
System, which delivers clear, blur-free shots indoors or in low light up to ISO
Optics: The ELPH 520 HS has a
zoom lens with a 4.0-48mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 28-336mm).
Zoom: In addition to the 12x optical zoom, the camera
features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is
approximately 48x. The focal length when using the optical zoom and digital zoom
together is approximately 28-1344mm.
Digital Teleconverter: The focal length of the lens can be
increased by an equivalent of 1.4x or 2.3x through the use of the Digital Teleconverter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are
39.2-470mm when using the 1.4x digital teleconverter, and 64.4-773mm with the 2.3x teleconverter. The digital zoom and digital teleconverter cannot be used
The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on
Cards (2GB or less), microSDHC Memory Cards (4GB to 32GB), and microSDXC Memory Cards (32GB
and higher). The camera does not have internal memory, nor does it include a
microSD card, so you will be required to obtain a memory card before recording.
Still Image Resolution/Compression:
The ELPH 520 HS can record still images in JPEG format in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1,
Medium 2, and Small) and 4 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, and 1:1). For each
resolution, you can set the compression to SuperFine or Fine. You can choose from
the following resolutions:
||3648 x 2736
||3648 x 2048
||3648 x 2432
||2736 x 2736
||2816 x 2112
||2816 x 1584
||2816 x 1880
||2112 x 2112
||1600 x 1200
||1920 x 1080
||1600 x 1064
||1200 x 1200
||640 x 480
||640 x 360
||640 x 424
||480 x 480
Movies: Movies can be recorded in MOV format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data:
Linear PCM 2 channel stereo) in High Definition at 1920 x 1080
(24 fps) and 1280 x 720 (30 fps). You can also shoot in Standard Definition at 640 x 480 pixels
(30 fps). Recording will automatically stop when either
the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30
minutes. Other movie options include iFrame Movie, Movie Digest, Miniature
Effect, and Super Slow Motion Movie.
Image Stabilization: The ELPH 520 HS is equipped with
optical (lens-shift type) image stabilization. To correct the effects of camera shake, you
can choose from the following Image Stabilization settings:
- Continuous: always applied for still images
- Panning: for still images when panning
- Hybrid IS: for Macro shots
- Dynamic IS: for movies, reducing strong camera shake as
when shooting when walking
- Powered IS: for movies, for subtle camera shake, such
as when shooting movies at telephoto
- None: no image stabilization
Face Detection Technology: The camera's Face Detection
Technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to
shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash, and white
balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and
backgrounds are properly exposed. Smart Shutter automatically shoots a picture
after detecting a smile, even without pressing the shutter release button.
Auto Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the
subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects
in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus
or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after
recomposing the shot.
Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus
ranges (from the end of the lens):
- Auto: 0.4" to infinity (W), 3.3' to infinity (T)
- Normal: 2" to infinity (W),
3.3' to infinity (T)
- Macro: 0.4" to 1.6' (wide)
- Infinity: 9.8' to infinity (W/T)
Shooting Modes: Using the two-way switch on the top of the
camera, you can select between the Smart Auto mode and other shooting modes. In
the Smart Auto mode, the camera will automatically select the best settings for
the scene, detect and focus on faces, and set the color and brightness to
optimal levels. Other shooting modes to choose from include: Program, Movie
Digest, Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter, 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, and
Super Slow Motion Movie.
Continuous Shooting: In the Continuous Shooting mode, the
camera will take pictures at approximately 2.8 frames per second, as long as you
hold down the shutter button. The image size is not limited, and the focus and
exposure are determined when you press the shutter button halfway. Continuous
Shooting AF will focus for each frame. Continuous Shooting LV mode fixes the
focus at the position determined in AF Lock. The High-Speed Burst mode lets you
shoot a series of shots in rapid succession (about 6.8 fps) by holding the
shutter button down fully. The resolution is fixed to 1824 x 1368, and the
focus, image brightness, and color are determined by the first shot.
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
Evaluative: used for standard
conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and
light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and
Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more
weight on the subject at the center
Spot: meters the area within the spot AE point at the
center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder
If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may
need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You
can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.
Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the focus and exposure
separately to shoot. When the exposure is set, you can lock the setting, then
compose the scene and shoot. This is effective when the contrast is too
strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash
Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure
for shooting with the flash.
White Balance: You
can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent
H, and Custom.
Flash Modes: The PowerShot ELPH 520 HS has a built-in
flash with a range of 1.6' to 8.2' in Wide Angle and 3.3' to 4.9' in Telephoto.
You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash always fires), Slow
Synchro (illuminates subject in foreground while the slow shutter speed
brightens the background not reached by the flash), or Off
(flash doesn't fire). In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp
for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken.
ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set
Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 or 3200. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a
greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions.
Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred
images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.
My Colors: You
can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add
the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already
recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red,
and Custom Color.
Self-Timer: The ELPH 520 HS utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and
a custom self-timer to allow
the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using
a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.
Wink Self Timer: In addition to the standard and custom
self-timers, the ELPH 520 HS can be set to record an image of a person
approximately two seconds after detecting a wink.
Face Self-Timer: The Face Self-Timer automatically
detects an increase in the number of faces, and makes the appropriate
adjustments. When the Face Detection Self-Timer is set, the camera waits for
the photographer's face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. The
camera will shoot, two seconds after the new face is detected.
Editing and Print Functions
Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically
be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. You can set the playback
time for each image, and the transition effects when switching between images.
If desired, you can repeat the slide show automatically.
This feature allows you to view 4 to 100 images at once on the
LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played
in the index playback mode.
Magnifying Images: Using the zoom button, you can magnify a
photo up to 10x. Once zoomed in, you can use the "arrow" buttons to move around
the displayed area.
Playback Displays: You can choose from three types of displays:
- Simple Information: screen includes basic information about the
- Detailed Information: screen include a histogram display as well
as detailed information about the settings used when the image was captured.
- Focus Check: magnifies the area of a recorded image
that was inside the AF frame so you can check the focus.
Resizing Images: You can save images a lower
recording pixel setting than the original image, saving the resized image as a
Trimming: You can cut out a portion of a recorded image and
save it as a new image file.
Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from
accidental erasure. You can protect images by the image itself or select All
the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible
printer of any brand. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon
SELPHY compact photo printers and PIXMA inkjet photo printers. In this way, you can make prints directly
from the camera without having to connect to a computer.
Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is powered by
the supplied NB-9L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack (3.5 Volts / 870 mAh).
A fully charged battery pack can provide power for up to approximately 190 shots,
30 minutes of movie shooting time,
or 4 hours of playback time. The NB-9L is charged in approximately 110 minutes
in the supplied CB-2LB battery charger.
Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a backup battery for
maintaining the date and time data for approximately 3 weeks. The backup battery
charges in approximately 4 hours while a charged main battery (NB-9L) is
inserted, or the camera is connected to an external AC adapter.
AC Adapter: If you need to operate the camera for long
periods of time during a slide show or when connected to a printer, it is
recommended to use the optional ACK-DC70 AC Adapter Kit.
Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the
following power saving functions:
- Auto Power Down During Shooting: The screen will turn
off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake"
the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on
the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons
are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn off.
- Auto Power Down During Playback:
The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is
accessed on the camera.
Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during
a slide show or while the camera is connected to a computer.
and Outputs Notes
A/V Out / Digital Terminal: The camera has a
Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a
compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via the supplied USB cable. This
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to
your computer or printer. You can also connect the camera to a TV (via composite
video and stereo audio) using the optional AVC-DC400ST A/V cable in the same terminal. The
A/V output can be set to NTSC or PAL as needed.
HDMI: The camera has a mini-HDMI output for connecting it to
an HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the optional Canon HTC-100 (item #
280HTC100) is required. When the camera is connected to an HDMI-CEC-compatible
TV, you can control the camera's functions with the TV remote.
Included Software: The PowerShot
ELPH 520 HS comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Version
110.0 CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:
- Canon Utilities:
- ImageBrowser EX 1.0: manage images transferred to a
computer (view, edit, and print)
- CameraWindow DC 8.7: transfer images to and from camera, organize
images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
- PhotoStitch 3.1 (Windows) / 3.2 (Mac): use to merge still images to make
- User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide
Compatible Operating Systems:
- Windows 7 (SP1)
- Windows Vista (SP2)
- Windows XP (SP3)
- Mac OS X (v10.6)