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Canon IXUS 510 HS review

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

The Canon IXUS 510 HS offers an enormous amount to the casual photographer. In particular, the ability to send images to the internet is useful for those who don't want to travel with a laptop in tow. Alternatively, being able to send images to an iPad - which could be loaded with an image editing app - is a good way of processing and sending shots.

Other aspects of the wireless features feel a little under-developed - it would be nice if you could define Facebook albums, for instance, or single email addresses.

We liked

The Canon IXUS 510 HS is a very reasonable amount of camera for the money, with the long lens and integrated Wi-Fi being particular draws. It's good value as long as you're sure you'll use the extra features.

We disliked

The aesthetics-led design makes for a camera that's occasionally awkward, and the Wi-Fi, while certainly useful as it is, could do with a few more features.

Final verdict

Build and image quality are both more than up to par, leaving you only with the unpleasant task of actually paying for the Canon IXUS 510 HS.

At around £350 (about $550), it's expensive for a compact camera; in fact, it's actually a little more than Canon's cheapest DSLR, the Canon EOS 1100D, is currently selling for in some places, albeit without a lens.

If you're willing to compromise on the integrated Wi-Fi and a bit of lens length, you'll find cheaper cameras out there, but it's unlikely you'll find anything more convenient.

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
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height53.5 mm
Width85.8 mm
Depth19.8 mm
Focal Length4 mm to 48 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model510 HS
Product NameIXUS 510 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Exposure Control

Program AE

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.

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