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Canon IXUS 510 HS review

Canon's 10.1MP, Wi-Fi-enabled attempt to wrestle with camera phones

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The Canon IXUS 510 HS's ability to create well-saturated, stylised shots in-camera is useful as you can simply upload shots straight to the internet.

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The long focal length is handy for shy wildlife - or avoiding being attacked by geese.

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Unprocessed shots can look a little flat, but that's to the benefit of those who want to process their images properly afterwards.

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The Canon IXUS 510 HS's Macro mode is at work in this shot.

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The Miniature mode produces a tilt-shift effect.

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A longer focal length (we're zoomed all the way in here) has captured a fair amount of atmospheric haze, but that's hardly the camera's fault.

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The Miniature mode works very well when presented with an appropriate subject.

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Some of the effects are fairly heavy-handed, but used sparingly can be effective. This is the camera's Toy Camera mode.

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The heavy vignette effect here fades the background to black - a nice effect to have without employing the flash.

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Again, a touch of exposure compensation (a third of a stop) has been used to get a balanced exposure.

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Despite the small sensor, convincing depth-of-field effects can be had by zooming in.

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The minimum focus distance of 1cm makes itself useful in Macro mode.

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The over-saturated effect is useful for the sign in the foreground, but the bricks behind are too orange.

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The camera has got white balance bang-on here.

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A tricky exposure with a wide range of tones which the 510 HS has handled well.

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Finding subjects appropriate for the camera's various styles is all part of the fun.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card, microSD Extended Capacity (microSDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Smart Capture, Smile Detection, Self-timer, Orientation Sensor, Wink Detection
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)163 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.8 Megapixel
Battery Model SupportedNB-9L
Height53.5 mm
Width85.8 mm
Depth19.8 mm
Autofocus Points9
Focal Length4 mm to 48 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model510 HS
Product NameIXUS 510 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number6161B008AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

An amazingly chic, tiny 12x optical zoom camera with Wi-Fi for easy sharing, effortless touch screen control and HS System for incredible photos and Full HD movies even in low light.

Battery Life190 Shot
Package Contents
  • IXUS 510 HS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-9L
  • Charger
Display Resolution461000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year