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Canon IXUS 510 HS review

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

Image quality is generally excellent from the Canon IXUS 510 HS, which is impressive considering the small 1/2.3-inch sensor with 10.1 million pixels jammed onto it.

You can set the sensitivity to up to ISO 3200 in the Canon IXUS 510 HS's Program mode, and below ISO 800 images are more or less indistinguishable from each other, which is impressive. Canon's noise-supression is effective at ISO 1600 and 3200, although the trade-off is significantly less sharpness in images at the higher reaches.

Canon IXUS 510 HS review

The 12x zoom, f/3.4-5.6 lens held its own well in our tests. As well as offering an entirely practical amount of reach for most situations (it's ideal for travel), chromatic aberration is very well controlled across the board.

Appropriately for a camera that can send pictures straight to the web, the Canon IXUS 510 HS comes with a number of image presets. These run a rather familiar gamut - think a faux fish-eye effect, a fake tilt-shift mode and so on - but it's still pleasing to be able to turn out stylised images without needing to go near a computer.

Canon IXUS 510 HS review

Disappointingly, none of these effects can be applied after the fact, so you can't shoot a standard image and then apply a punched-up, vignetted style to it, so a bit of anticipation helps.

Elsewhere, Canon's compact camera expertise is on show - gained from making cameras such as the excellent Canon IXUS 125 HS, Canon IXUS 230 HS and Canon PowerShot G1 X. White balance and exposure is consistently accurate, and there are a few features to help more advanced photographers get the most out of their shots. Evaluative, centre-weighted and spot metering are all on offer, and you can set your autofocus point manually with a well-aimed prod at the screen.

Canon IXUS 510 HS review

Canon IXUS 510 HS review

Canon IXUS 510 HS review

Canon IXUS 510 HS review

Canon IXUS 510 HS review

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyIXUS
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
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNB-9L
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card, microSD Extended Capacity (microSDXC)
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