Canon PowerShot SX520 HS | Black 16MP Digital Camera w/42X Zoom


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Details & Highlights

Product Highlights

    Remarkable Zoom. Amazing Power.

    Beautiful sweeping vistas, woodland fauna, the driven competitor or the absolute joy of youth captured discretely from a distance that freezes the moment in time. With a 42x Optical Zoom at your disposal the possibilites for photographic expression are endless. The starting zoom of 24mm squeezes grand slices of the natural world, or impressive architectural masterpieces into every image. However, this camera is deigned to zoom, with complimentary features to assist the ease of their capture.

    Canon's technology is equally represented artfully with Optical Image Stabilization, Intelligent IS keeping image sharp and spectacular. Capture moving images with greater accuracy thanks to Zoom Framing Assist and a new Advanced Zoom Framing Assist function. Canon has also improved the shooting and processing times of the SX520 HS with the addition of the DiG!C 4+ processor. The DiG!C chipset coupled with the 16 megapixel High–Sensitivity CMOS sensor form the basis of the Canon HS System ensuring that a images you exude quality and memorable.

Details from Canon

    42x Optical Zoom and 24mm Wide–Angle Lens

    Why limit your photographic opportunities when there's a whole new world to see when stepping up to the PowerShot SX520 HS. Capture crystal clear images with the vastly extended range of the camera's 42x Optical Zoom (24–1008mm) and 24mm Wide–Angle lens. You are never stuck in the same place when the camera incorporates a zoom of this range. This powerful zoom lets you capture the proud smile of a graduate from the back row of an auditorium, architectural details atop an imposing structure, and memorable candids of children and pets without interrupting the scene. Advanced Canon optics bring depth and resonance to shots at any zoom length, giving you the freedom to go beyond the ordinary to create images and preserve memories any way you want. The lens's Optical Image Stabilizer helps ensure that every image you capture will be sharp and brilliant.

    16.0 Megapixel* High–Sensitivity CMOS sensor

    The PowerShot SX520 HS camera's 16.0 Megapixel* High–Sensitivity CMOS sensor is the highest resolution CMOS sensor used in any PowerShot camera. Everyday images are clearer and more remarkable. The larger imaging sensor capture more detail and light to improve your snapshots. The benefit to low light images that require higher ISO sensitivity offers less noise and broadens the dynamic range. And the 16.0 Megapixel resolution gives you the flexibility to be more creative with your shots: crop and enlarge any part of an image – you can be confident that the detail and resolution you need are there.

    DIGIC 4+ Image Processor

    The Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor powers the PowerShot SX520 HS camera's advanced functions and capabilities, including Hybrid Auto, Creative Shot, and Full HD video shooting at 30p. Its accelerated processing speed creates fast, responsive performance, for a shooting experience that's easy and natural. The DIGIC 4+ Image Processor also enhances image quality in several ways. Processing of high ISO shots has been shortened by approximately 60% compared to the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. This significantly reduces noise for brilliant color, smooth gradations, and beautiful detail even in low light. The processor also allows for the integration of electronic Dynamic IS. This advanced system compensates for multiple motion types, effectively preventing angular blur, shift blur, and blur caused by parallel movement and tilt shift. The result is images that are reliably sharp and clear at all lengths of the camera's powerful zoom. The processor's highly efficient design also extends battery life.

    1080p Full HD Video

    Simply touching a single dedicated movie button starts recording 1080p Full HD video allowing you to zoom while shooting. The PowerShot SX520 HS offers a stereo audio recording video in 1080p Full HD that is breathtakingly vivid and realistic. You're free to use the full range of the zoom in movie mode to get the video you want. You can also view and share your video on an HDTV to enjoy.

    Intelligent IS

    The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS, analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system selects from Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Tripod modes. When shooting video, the system selects from Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS and Active Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to help capture the steadiest possible image.

    Zoom Framing Assist with seek function and enhanced automatic zoom

    Zoom Framing Assist offers a new seek assist function that detects when you're panning (for instance, to search for the location of a soccer ball) and automatically zooms out to help; stop panning, and the zoom returns to its original position. Zoom Framing Assist keeps your subject's face the same size in your frame no matter how they move. Tap the Zoom Framing Assist function button to detect your subject's face. As your subject retreats and advances the camera automatically zooms in and out so their face remains the same size. It's especially useful for capturing the expressions of fast–moving children. The system has been further enhanced by letting you choose the subject's size: choices include face, upper body, whole body, manual or off for superior assistance and control. And, for even more convenience, all Zoom Framing Assist functions are also available when shooting video.

    High Speed AF

    The PowerShot SX520 HS camera is equipped with Canon's latest advaancements in autofocus (AF) technology. Canon's advanced AF achieves a significant increase in speed for a shooting experience that's spontaneous and natural. The remarkably responsive High Speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with reduced lag time.

    Creative Shot mode

    The Creative Shot mode featured on the PowerShot SX520 HS can help anyone create images with artistic flair. Rather than randomly applying filters, Creative Shot mode takes advantage of advanced Canon technologies to analyze the individual scene, subject and exposure to apply any of 46 filter options. In addition to the original shot, the camera automatically produces and saves five additional variations of the composition. Filter choices are grouped into Retro, Monochrome, Special and Natural categories to make exploring the world of artistic photography fun and easy, or simply select Auto to access the full range of effects. With Creative Shot mode, the result is stunning artistic photos that are perfect for sharing.

    Hybrid Auto

    Hybrid Auto records up to four seconds of video every time you shoot a still image, then automatically joins the clips and pictures* into a video that captures the essence of special days: vacations, important occasions, or any time you're shooting many shots in a day. In this mode, Hybrid Auto automatically recognizes the scene and optimizes camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality. The resulting 1080 HD video is properly exposed, crisp and steady, so your "highlight reel" is stunningly beautiful.

    Smart AUTO

    Smart AUTO is a sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. It automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture, whether you're shooting stills or video. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.


Features & Specs

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Manufacturer's Warranty
    1 Year Limited Warranty
Detailed Specifications
  • Compact digital still camera with built–in flash, 42x Optical, 4x Digital and 168x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer

  • Image Capture Device
  • 16.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3–inch CMOS

  • Total Pixels
  • Approx. 16.8 Megapixels

  • Effective Pixels
  • Approx. 16.0 Megapixels*
  • *Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

  • Lens
  • Focal Length
  • 4.3 (W) – 180.6 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24–1008mm)

  • Digital Zoom
  • 4.0x

  • Focusing Range
  • 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)

  • Autofocus System
  • TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus

  • Viewfinders
    Optical Viewfinder
  • Not available

  • LCD Monitor
  • 3.0–inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle

  • LCD Pixels
  • Approx. 461,000 dots

  • LCD Coverage
  • Approx. 100%

  • Aperture and Shutter
    Maximum Aperture
  • f/3.4 (W), f/6.0 (T)

  • Shutter Speed
  • 1–1/2000 sec.
  • 15–1/2000 sec. (in Tv and M modes)

  • Exposure Control
  • 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

  • Exposure Compensation
  • Still Images: ±2 stops in 1/3–stop increments
  • Videos: ±2 stops in 1/3–stop increments (not available during shooting)

  • White Balance
    White Balance Control
  • Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
  • * Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.

  • Flash
    Built–in Flash
  • Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
  • Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
  • Flash Range
  • 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.

  • Recycling Time
  • 10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)

  • Flash Exposure Compensation
  • ±2 stops in 1/3–stop increments

  • Shooting Specifications
    Shooting Modes
  • M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Hybrid Auto, Auto, Creative Shot, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Movie*3

  • Shooting 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
  • Photo Effects
  • 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

  • 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
  • Not Available

  • Continuous Shooting
  • 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.

  • Image Storage
    Storage Media
  • SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card

  • File Format
  • 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
    Still Images:
  • 16:9 – Large: 4608 × 2592; Medium 1: 3264 × 1832; Medium 2: 1920 × 1080; Small: 640 × 360
  • 3:2 – Large: 4608 × 3072; Medium 1: 3264 × 2176; Medium 2: 2048 × 1368; Small: 640 × 424
  • 4:3 – Large: 4608 × 3456; Medium 1: 3264 × 2448; Medium 2: 2048 × 1536; Small: 640 × 480
  • 1:1 – Large: 3456 × 3456; Medium 1: 2448 × 2448; Medium 2: 1536 × 1536; Small: 480 × 480
  • *2304 × 1728 (M) when in High–speed Burst or Low Light

  • Playback Specifications
    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

  • Videos:
  • 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

  • Erasing Specifications
  • Erase Modes
  • 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.

  • Interfaces
    Video Out
  • NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video), Mini–HDMI connector

  • Audio Out
  • Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)

  • Other
  • USB, SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers

  • Power Source
  • Battery Pack NB–6LH, Compact Power Adapter CA–DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK–DC40)

  • Shooting Capacity
  • Approx. 210 shots
  • Approx. 290 shots in ECO Mode

  • Video Recording Time: Approx. 50 min

  • Playback Time
  • Approx. 5 hours

  • Physical Specifications
  • Operating Temperature
  • 32–104°F/0–40°C

  • Operating Humidity
  • 10–90%

  • Dimensions (W × H × D)
  • 4.72 × 3.22 × 3.62in. / 120.0 × 81.7 × 91.9mm

  • Weight
  • 15.6 oz. / 441g (CIPA standard)
  • 14.7 oz. / 417g (camera body only)
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