PowerShot A510 Digital Camera (3.2MP, 2046x1536, 4x Opt, 16MB MultiMedia Card) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Canon
Model: 0122B001
Max Focal Length: 23.2 mm
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2048 pixels
Max Aperture: 2.6 1/f
: Number of User Reviews: 19

Reviewed by: diljs from MO on Mar 30, 2005

Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: Lots of shooting modes, 4x optical zoom, uses standard batteries, it's a Canon

Weaknesses: none so far

Summary: (Edited April 11th by diljs) I love this camera!

First off, Canon makes quality products. This one is no exception.

Second, the price is great, but there's no compromise on features.

Second, even at that price, it has features that outpace more expensive cameras, such as the 4x optical zoom.

Third, there's no annoying proprietary batteries. You can use any AA batteries (including rechargeables) you want.

Reviewed by: psehgal from NJ on Apr 18, 2005

Experience: 1 Month

Strengths: Excellent Picture Quality, Great Video Capability, Lightweight & Small Size, Reasonably Priced, MANY Features :-)

Weaknesses: Pretty Slow Shutter Lag with Blank Screen :-(

Summary: I already own a great quality Sony CD-Mavica digital camera but it is a pain to carry around. I was looking for a "pocket" sized camera, and finally chose this one, after trying about 5-6 others!

I am very pleased with this model - the picture quality is awesome, which I believe is the most important feature for a camera! But at the same time, this low-priced camera provides you with a whole lot of other features and controls!

Reviewed by: gangabhavani76 from NJ on May 4, 2005

Experience: 15 Days

Strengths: Sleek, Compact, Handy, no need of Special batteries

Weaknesses: 16mb can hold only 16 - 18 pics. Canon could give a min of 32mb SD card

Summary: (Edited May 04th by gangabhavani76) I bought my a400 15 Day's as a slightly smaller alternative to my other camera. I particularly like the quick change between metering choices and the spot metering mode in the right circumstances is very effective. This is a good all round digicam. Results are a little soft at times, but flattering. Only one problem. It will eat up duracells faster than you can breathe - so use re-rechargeables! Looks-wise, it looks smart in silver -A sort of combination of hi-tech and traditional. Canon provides only a 16mb SD card which can hold only 16-18 pics and it would have been good if they would have given a 32mb card instead.

Reviewed by: geneius from MA on May 1, 2005

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: The camera is very user friendly with easy adaptability. It represents a transition to a more compact as well a energy efficient state using the SD cards and only 2 batteries. Lots of manual settings.

Weaknesses: Lag after taking is picture is noticable, as it is while flipping through photographs. I don't know if it is a special case, but my camera is considerably slower than the older CF using Powershots.

Summary: Overall it is an excellent starter camera for anyone who likes to play with the manual settings a bit and see what happens as well as someone who wants more than just a point and shoot. The image quality is excellent and I have yet to see red-eye. The controls are a bit on the smaller side but are mostly intuitive, and it is a huge value for the money.

Reviewed by: yamahog3 from NH on Feb 14, 2005

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Very easy to set up and take your first shot right out of the box. Very good color and clarity indoors without a flash. Telefoto works great at 4x. Movies are very impresive for a photo camera.

Weaknesses: Needs NiMH batteries and larger memory. The 16 MB card is too small.

Summary: I would recommend this camera to anyone. it is a great all around point and shoot camera and also if your daring, take on the manual functions it has to offer and have fun with your photos. The software is great and very easy to use. The A 510 also has many options to buy like lenses, external flash bar and even an underwater case. It's small but comfortable, yet durable and very functionable. Colors are excellent and bright. Shop around and you could find this for as low as $168. That is an awesome price for such a great camera.

Reviewed by: neildo from UT on Mar 24, 2005

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: - Excellent photo quality - Uses 2 AA batteries - Good manual controls - crisp LCD - compact

Weaknesses: - flimsy covers on battery case and video / usb port - video mode could be better

Summary: First off, a few reviewers have complained about the delay between taking pictures. This is only a problem when using the flash. If the flash is turned off, the delay is less than 2 seconds with a normal speed SD card. I think this is better than average. However, with the flash on, its about 5 seconds. I think this is because it takes a few seconds to charge the flash with only 2AAs. So don't waste your money on a high speed SD card because that isn't the issue.

I am very impressed by the A510. I first picked up an A85 because it was 4 megapixels and only $30 more than the A510. However, I immediately noticed a weird grinding noise whenever the A85 turned on/off and when focusing. So I took it back and got the A510.

Even though the A510 is only 3 megapixels, 4x6 printouts looked just as good as the 4 MP A85. The pictures look great outdoors, and indoors. The flash does a good job of lighting up the frame pretty evenly w/o flushing out the colors.

I like the size. Not too small, but can easily fit into your pant pockets unless you wear tight jeans like Clay Aiken. If the A510 does not fit in your pocket, you need to stop dressing like a fool and get some looser jeans.

Awesome zoom and manual controls. My wife can take great point and shoot pictures, and I can tweak the shots how I like.

Movie mode has good picture but choppy frame rate. The various covers on the batteries, SD port and USB port are pretty cheap.

Overall, I think the camera is a great deal.

Reviewed by: docvenzon from IL on Feb 15, 2005

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: easy to use point-and-shoot camera with lots of extra features, good value for money

Weaknesses: takes 2-3 seconds to store image in memory card before you can take another shot

Summary: I bought this camera to replace an aging Canon Powershot A40. I've been happy with Canon's line of digital cameras, and I'm pretty satisfied with the A510.

It is an extremely easy to use point-and-shoot camera, that offers a lot of extra features for budding weekend photographers. I like the fact the it is smaller than the A40, and yet has a bigger LCD screen. It also accepts AA batteries, just like the A40. I think this is an advantage over proprietary batteries since you can replace the ones that come with the camera with rechargeable batteries, or if you run out on the road, you can always just buy some more AA batteries in any store.

My only gripe so far is that the camera takes around 2-3 seconds storing a shot, before you can take another one. I would have preferred faster turn around times. But this issue may also be dependent on the SD card that I'm using. Hopefully, replacing the SD card with a faster one will resolve this issue.

Reviewed by: kenwu2000 from NY on Feb 20, 2005

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: compact size,

Weaknesses: writing to card for 3 seconds after shoot.

Summary: I got this camera for 3 days. I very like the design of this one. It uses AA battery. It supports sd card. I was impressed with the power consumable is very good. The picture is very clear and vivid. One point that I dislike is cost 3 seconds to write the picture to card. You has to wait for 3-5 seconds to take next picture.

Reviewed by: mlawler0 from MD on Feb 18, 2005

Experience: 14 Days

Strengths: Very good Value, Paid $200 and got a great camera. Small and Compact as well.

Weaknesses: Screen can scratch easily! Only comes with 16MB needs to come with at least 32MB!!!

Summary: This is a great camera for anyone who wants a great digital camera and doesn't have $500 to spend. The price is great and the photos it takes are great as well. The new body style is much better than the old style as well(smaller). The new model only uses 2 AA batteries instead of the 4 AA the old model required.

Reviewed by: dpastor from OH on Mar 23, 2005

Experience: 1 Months

Strengths: Great value!! Clear, crisp, colorful pictures with several picture taking options. A lot of camera for a great price!

Weaknesses: Eats through AA batteries quickly, especially non-name brand - so rechargeables are a must. Supplied media card is too small - time between shots is 2-3 seconds.

Summary: I'm very pleased with this camera. I too did a lot of research before buying my first digital which was an older A40 model and buying another Canon was a must for me. I love the A510 and was able to snag it at a super low $149! Can't beat that!! It has a lot of great features allowing you to get more technical with your picture taking or leaving it on Auto takes the hard work out of taking awesome pictures. I like the smaller size, larger bright LCD, speaker and the software that comes with the camera. It's very easy to use and is a great camera!

Reviewed by: kathyh47 from AL on Apr 12, 2005

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: The Canon PowerShot A510 is very easy to use. My 11 year old loves it! Easy to download. The PowerShot A510 takes clear, crisp pictures. This camera is not bulky, but it's not too small either.

Weaknesses: None

Summary: Most digital cameras I have used have been hard to operate and very hard to download pictures from.

The price is also a great price.

Reviewed by: andriy_kot from VA on May 15, 2005

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: good resolution, live colors, 4x zoom lens (vs 3x average for point-n-shoot), good AF, manual controls (including manual focus), battery life is good (for 2xAA batteries).

Weaknesses: images are not sharp enough (though due to very low in-camera sharpening, you're still getting great picture after post-processing), long flash recycling time.

Summary: I bought this one for my girlfriend as a replacement of A70. Before giving it to her I ran a week-long test and I must say I'm impressed. The camera feels cheep but it packs a lot of features for such a low price (got mine for about $180 shipped). The only problem I encountered was almost non-existent in-camera sharpening. Pictures still have all the information and it's certainly better not to sharpen if you plan to post-process. However, the camera is intended for total amateurs who would print pictures right out of a camera (that's what my girlfriend does).

To summarize, it's a great camera, best value for money at the moment in point-n-shoot category, not perfect though. My grade is 4+.

Reviewed by: mdyan from CA on May 6, 2005

Experience: 14 Days

Strengths: Great combination of features and price.

Weaknesses: size of included memory card (16MB)

Summary: Canon has done a great job of combining the features and feel I most desired. I just took it to Maui and it did a superb job of capturing the beauty of the island.

Reviewed by: wtt1979 on May 2, 2005

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: NA

Weaknesses: NA

Summary: Very please with it. Canon always produces high-quality cameras, I have to admit. Easy to use and you get great results. Reliable performance. Battery lasing is long enough.

Reviewed by: htwxq from WV on May 1, 2005

Experience: 35 Days

Strengths: good resolution for the price, Bright, vivid - though natural - color

Weaknesses: Focus is slow, seconds of wait between shots

Summary: a decent point and shoot camera, with auto-rotate and Manual control with up to 15 seconds exposure @ f8.0. Classic body design, ease of use, compact size, astonishing good photo quality. And how can you beat the value of $199?

Reviewed by: netsonic from MO on Apr 28, 2005

Experience: 20 Days

Strengths: Ease of use plus manual settings. good picture quality, 4x optical zoom

Weaknesses: Flash charging is too slow. 30 sec. limit for VGA movies

Summary: Best camera in its price range. Picture quality is very good even at night (using manual settings instead of the Nightshoot scene mode). Has every thing you can find in higher price cameras (i.e. SONY) plus the hability to get creative if you know the basics of photography. The 4x optical zoom sets this camera appart from the others giving you more control in composition and better image quality in distant objets. The only two bad things i found in this camera is the 30 seconds limit for VGA pictures (180 sec. for smaller resolutions)and the relatively long time the flash takes to recharge after a shoot.

Reviewed by: lahorvat1 from TX on Apr 12, 2005

Experience: 1 Months

Strengths: Easy to use point & shoot right out of the box! Many manual choices for different shooting situations. Awesome quality for the money.

Weaknesses: Small memory card included.

Summary: This was my second digital camera purchase ever. All I have to say is that I'm amazed at this camera for the price! I would recommend this camera to anyone looking at an inexpensive digital. I feel that it offers alot more than what your paying for. All of the manual shooting features, great computer software, great photos! It blows away my dad's $600 Olympus in photo quality! I can't say enough about it. Awesome camera for beginner to intermediate. Try one out for yourself...

Reviewed by: laava from TX on Mar 7, 2005

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Ease of use Image Quality Battery requirement

Weaknesses: Some buttons are slow in response

Summary: Just got the new camera! This is my first one and I found it pretty easy to operate. I took several images with the 'auto' shooting mode and the resulting images are satisfactory. I also found it pleasing that it only require two AA batteries, which can be useful when you run out of batteries and just grab some from the groceries.

The downside is that some buttons are slow in response when I push them, not quite sensitive as some other models.

Reviewed by: salinjazz from MA on Mar 1, 2005

Experience: 8 Days

Strengths: Excellent speed and versatility; full capacity to operate manually - including the potential to add on macro/telephoto lenses!; uses only 2 AA batteries; phenomenal price

Weaknesses: Battery life (easily solved with some good rechargables); supplied memory card (16MB) is WAY too small; zoom lever seems a bit flimsy, but time will tell

Summary: This camera is fantastic. I spent weeks researching my purchase, choosing from several entry-level digital cameras, and the Powershot A510 consistently rose to the top of the pack. The camera is lightweight, relatively small (though definitely not a mini-digital camera) and very versatile.

The automatic funtions are straight-forward and easy to use. With numerous shooting modes for a number of situations, you can customize your automatic point-and-shoot pics for given situations (pictures in the snow, fireworks, kids and pets etc). If you want to get more fancy, adjusting aperture and exposure as well as focus manually, the camera lets you do that too.

There's a ton of features, and I urge you to check out Canon's webpage or one of the many reviews up online to find all of them. Notable among them are the zoom flash, which adjusts the power of the flash to suit the distance of your subject. Also, the "hold" feature is nice - the camera will hold your picture for a few seconds after you take it (time held is adjustable/disable-able) so that you don't need to switch from camera mode to view mode everytime you want to view a shot. It's fast to get going when you turn it on, and between shot timing is quick too.

Aside from the weaknesses listed above (and I really had to reach to name ANY), this camera is quite a find. I will not be surprised to see it set a new standard in affordable, yet quality digital cameras. Canon makes a solid product, and I've enjoyed every film-based Canon model I've owned. The A510 is no exception. And, at below $200, it's even more noteworthy. Strongly recommended.

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