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Canon ELPH 520 HS Red 10.1 MP 12X Optical Zoom 28mm Wide Angle Digital Camera HDTV Output

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  • 1/3" CMOS 10.1 MP
  • 12X Optical Zoom
  • 28mm Wide Angle
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3.0" 461K LCD
  • 1920 x 1080

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In the twelve years since the original ELPH was instantly and universally proclaimed an icon of style, successive ELPH cameras have remained at the forefront of design even while boasting the very latest in digital technology. Now, opening a new era of ELPH design, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera is both homage to the original ELPH and astonishing synthesis of Canon's leadership in technical advancements. A mere 0.76 inches thick, it is the world's thinnest 12x zoom camera. Canon's pursuit of perfection has driven the development of new miniaturization including a new lens and new 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that, powered by Canon's DIGIC 5 Image Processor, create images as breathtakingly beautiful as the camera itself. It's also packed with the latest Canon technologies including Smart AUTO with new Face ID and Full HD Video. Brimming with a full range of advanced technologies that automatically optimize the image quality of every shot, the PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera makes the ultimate style icon incredibly effortless.

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Part Number



Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/3" CMOS
Gross Pixels
16.8 MP
Effective Pixels
10.1 MP
Large: 3648 x 2048
Medium 1: 2816 x 1584
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080
Small: 640 x 360

Large: 3648 x 2432
Medium 1: 2816 x 1880
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064
Small: 640 x 424

Large: 3648 x 2736,
Medium 1: 2816 x 2112
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200
Small: 640 x 480

Large: 2736 x 2736
Medium 1: 2112 x 2112
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200
Small: 480 x 480
Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization


Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Wide Angle
Focal Length
4.0 W - 48.0mm T (35mm film equivalent: 28 W - 336mm T)
f/3.4 (W) - f/5.6 (T)


Shutter Speed
1-1/4000 sec.
15-1/4000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
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.


Focus Type
TTL Autofocus
Auto Focus
Normal Focus Range
2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Macro Focus Range
0.4 in. - 1.6 ft. (1-50cm) (W)


Flash Mode
Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
Flash Range
1.6 - 8.2 ft. W, 3.3 - 4.9 ft. T (50 cm - 2.5 m W, 1.0 - 1.5 m T)


Exposure Control
AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
-2 EV to +2 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Metering System
Evaluative*, Center weighted average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face AiAF.
** Fixed to center.
Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200

White Balance

White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

Viewfinder & Monitor

3.0" 461K


Continuous Drive
Approx. 2.8 shots/sec. (in P Mode)
Approx. 6.8 shots/sec. (in High-Speed Burst mode)
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically
- Differs according to zoom position
Shooting Modes
Auto*1, P, Movie Digest, Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter*2, 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, Super Slow Motion Movie

- Shooting movies are possible with the movie button
*1 Smart Auto also available for movies
*2 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
- Stills & Videos: Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
- Still Images: Single, Index (4-100 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
- Videos: Normal Playback*, Slow Motion**, Special Playback, Editing, Resume

*Auto settings available in 5 levels
** 5 levels (including normal playback), sound not available.
HDTV Output

Recording System

File Formats
Storage Media
MicroSD Memory Card, microSDHC Memory Card, microSDXC Memory Card


Movie Format
MOV [Image: H.264; Audio data; Linear PCM (2 channel stereo)]
Movie Recording
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080


A/V Out


Rechargeable lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-9L


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.

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD)
3.43 x 2.12 x 0.76 in
Approx. 5.47 oz. (155g) (Including the battery and memory card)
Approx. 4.76 oz. (135g) (Camera only)

Package contents

Package Contents
PowerShot ELPH 520 HS (red shown here)
Battery Pack NB-9L
Battery Charger CB-2LB
USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Wrist Strap WS-DC11
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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