Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Review

November 15, 2013 | Matt Grayson | |

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#1 Roger John Driver

“it’s most likely that the SX510 HS isn’t in the Bridge section because of the lack of raw recording”

I thought that bridge cameras were defined by the inclusion of an evf - perhaps not?

9:11 am - Saturday, November 16, 2013

#2 mattgrayson

It’s not something to disregard. It didn’t spring to my mind when writing it, but it’s a worthwhile thought. It may be that there may be a number of features needed to class it as a bridge camera. :O)

2:26 pm - Monday, November 18, 2013

#3 Mad Hungarian

Canon is going Made in China. A sad day in photography.

1:17 pm - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

#4 Gare Bare

Can you comment briefly on the video quality and whether it shuts down during recording like the SX280 does? My SX280 still gives me problems, even with the new firmware, so I thought this might be a good replacement.  Thank you

4:54 pm - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

#5 Mac

Need beginners manual on SX510.  Have no knowledge of cameras -.  guide with came it with no good.  Shouldn’t know enof about cameras to buy this.  Isn’t there something all you tech data which Greek to me? 


10:30 pm - Saturday, December 7, 2013

#6 John English

Unless I’m mistaken there are no drivers available for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks only for older operating systems.

4:01 pm - Friday, December 13, 2013

#7 Lupe

Is it possible to hook up a remote to this camera?

2:12 am - Saturday, December 14, 2013

#8 John English

It may be possible to hook up your remote but there is absolutely no way to find out because Canon doesn’t reply to questions. They’re out there in China and they don’t give a damn.

Look on the bright side. You now know you don’t want to buy anything from a company like this.

5:05 am - Saturday, December 14, 2013

#9 Gustavo Vasquez

Between canon sx510hs and canon sx280hs Which camera has better image quality and take better pictures? which takes better pictures in low light or at night? Thanks you.

5:30 am - Friday, December 20, 2013

#10 Roguevalgal

Too bad Canon decided to “go green” and not provide the customer with the entire 168 page User’s guide, just the “start up” guide.  They decided to let the consumer print out the 168 page guide, instead of them. I called Staples to see if I brought it in on the flashdrive - if they could print out the guide, but it’s copyrighted so they said no.

6:12 pm - Wednesday, January 1, 2014

#11 smk

nikon coolpix L820 or canon powershot sx510 hs? openion please…need help

11:20 pm - Sunday, January 12, 2014

#12 Phoenix

Need to decide between Nikon Coolpix L820 and Canon SX510HS. Guys help me out here…..

10:20 am - Saturday, February 1, 2014

#13 convict

I am also confused between Nikon Coolpix L820 and Canon SX510HS. Any suggestions, which is better and why ?

5:19 pm - Sunday, February 23, 2014

#14 YocoYur

Canon is better, I have Nikon L820 and it doesn`t catch Canon in the case of the image quality.

Also Nikon have issue too take NiMh batteries, it is very demanding what he want and what no. I have new pack of 2700 mAh Ansmann and it won`t take it :(

11:04 pm - Thursday, March 13, 2014

#15 kindleon

Canon PowerShot SX510 30x zoom

The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS has a 12.1 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and 30x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 24-720mm. The zoom can be extended to 60x with ZoomPlus and there is optical image stabilisation to help keep your images as sharp as possible. With a minimum focusing distance of 0cm you can get really close to your subject when shooting macros.

Read More :

4:47 am - Saturday, May 3, 2014

#16 Raafi Rubayet

is Canon PowerShot SX510 HS made in China?
plz let me know.

9:06 pm - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

#17 Gulibo

Can it take screw on filters, if so what thread size?
Why there seem to be never any interest in the ability mount filters on bridge cameras reviews?  Being able to fit a polarising filter is so useful.

7:04 pm - Saturday, June 7, 2014

#18 Joseph

Hi Matt,
You’ve not specified the battery life for movie recording in “PRODUCT SPECS”.. Hope you’ll update it soon..

7:10 am - Saturday, June 21, 2014

#19 Yusuv

plz help,
i’m in confused between canon sx150hs and coolpix l820,,
can i improve the camera’s life with NiMh battery on l820?
sx150hs with 250 shots is really shorts.

5:14 pm - Monday, July 7, 2014

#20 R

capacity of sd card for sx50 hs camera… can 16gb or higher works on this?

4:00 am - Saturday, July 12, 2014

#21 Amaka

Please how do i change the language on my canon SX510HS from Japanese to English? I can’t change the settings cause of the language barrier. Thank you.

3:02 pm - Saturday, July 12, 2014

#22 Athen

Made in China?

9:15 am - Sunday, July 13, 2014

#23 Amaka

It’s made in China

9:53 am - Sunday, July 13, 2014

#24 ameet

I’m confused betn Nikon P530 & Canon SX510 ....
Which is better plz help.. ASAP

4:38 am - Sunday, July 20, 2014

#25 oldbob

I have no words to express my disappointment. By the time you get the shot set up by jungled settings life has passed you by. Had I not paid too much I’d smash it. Ah, to have back those memories Not captured. Canon should pay me back about 10 fold.

2:42 pm - Sunday, July 20, 2014

#26 Wing

I am going to Iceland to see the northern light in February 15. Will Canon SX510 be able to do the job of taking some photos of the light up sky.

7:56 am - Saturday, August 23, 2014

#27 THK

“is Canon PowerShot SX510 HS made in China?
plz let me know.”

Of course it’s made in China, 90% of the stuff today is made in China.

1:15 pm - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

#28 Rohan

Plz suggest which camera is better Nikon Coolpix L830 or cannon powershot sx510 hs

5:39 pm - Thursday, October 30, 2014

#29 diane watson

can you tell me if this camera is also a camcorder

6:29 pm - Thursday, November 6, 2014

#30 zippo

Both SX510 and L830 are great cameras for the price, they are very close indeed. Here is a detailed comparison, look at which features are more important for you:

6:56 am - Saturday, November 15, 2014

#31 Mr.Bill

I bought this camera last week. I am trying to get it connected by wifi to my laptop. No connection. Not even with my smartphone.Canon did not give me the answer to fix this!!!

1:22 pm - Wednesday, December 3, 2014

#32 Chris

I have owned this camera for just under two months and am generally happy with the quality of the images for the price you pay for.  However, after only owning this model for a short amount of time dust or dirt has accumulated in the lens assembly which is showing on all my images (thought this was sealed so nothing could get in?).

I have sent this camera off to Canon to get this checked and hopefully the warranty will cover this, but to get this problem so early on is disappointing.  That is my only gripe really.

Quality of images before the problem are fine and i have taken some really decent images that are of excellent quality (don’t forget this is not a DSLR or top of the range camera), it suffers from the odd chromatic aberration (easily fixed in photoshop) but only if you point this directly at the direction of the sun.

It can also be fitted with filters using a 52mm adapter and helps to enhance the images.

7:10 pm - Thursday, December 11, 2014

#33 Mary

how the heck do you use the flash?????

3:15 am - Monday, December 22, 2014

#34 Ben

I like this camera, but I also like the reviews of the SX50, please see below photos taken zoomed out and zoomed in at maximum optical zoom for each camera.

SX510 Normal

SX510 Zoom

SX50 Normal

SX50 Zoom

8:10 pm - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

#35 Holly

If you want good quality pictures do not buy this camera, unless you are willing to get right up against a hotspot and not move while you take images. This camera is only good for out door images and all the noise on the pictures definitely shows this camera is not worth $199 you can get a better Iphone or point and shoot for much less.

3:20 am - Thursday, February 19, 2015

#36 John Renshaw

After reading your revue I considered it was worth purchasing,after all 4 stars and recommended is a good review. After reading many of the comments on here it makes me wonder who knows what they are talking about. Is it the reviewer who has over rated it or the comments writers who are clueless. Or is the whole process totally subjective and therefore meaningless?
I’m totally confused.

6:55 am - Monday, May 11, 2015

#37 Marg

Though SX510HS does not natively support shooting in RAW, it’s worth mentioning that it can be achieved using CHDK (Canon Hack Development Kit). Obviously it’s only for advanced users who have some computer skills to pull it off, though it’s not that hard really because there are precise instructions on how to load your camera with it.

Images I’ve taken with it are of mixed quality to be honest. When light is good I’ve often been able to take stunning photos and my friend who ownes a DSLR told me that he sometimes regrets having it because I achieve such a good results using it.
On the other hand, when the ambient light drops in intesity, you’ll quickly be faced with ISO ramped up to 1600 which is where the problems begin. Images start to seem washed out and lacking depth though noise is not that obvious. Camera by itself will never choose ISO 3200, so you have to set it up yourself for night shooting. Image quality gets degraded very obviously and images taken are mosty good only for sharing with family and friends but not for displaying them as some sort of photographic achievement.

The way to make this camera actually usable at night and much better in all other occasions is to shoot in RAW using CHDK and remove noise in post process. Noise removal algoritam SX510HS uses is what kills all life and detail in high ISO shots; you can do it much better in post process, i.e. using Adobe Camera RAW.

All in all, though I think that what comes of camera in the form of JPEG is of mixed quality, I’ve had much better results shooting in RAW and post processing it; both dynamic range and noise preformance get improved.

I’m not a kind of person that constantly buys and sells stuff, and if I were so inclined I would sell this camera right away and buy something better. But since I’m a lot into post processing anyway, I find it OK to tinker with RAW images in order to get good results. For occasional shooting, this camera is absolutely fine.

12:51 pm - Monday, September 7, 2015

#38 Marcel Smit

First of all, thank you Mr. Grayson for the lovely pictures, in fact that goes for every reviewer here.
A very balanced and good review.
For me the sweet point of number of mp’s on sensors this size is 10-12. Anything above this is going to lead to more noise and smeering.

1:24 pm - Friday, May 20, 2016

#39 Rene

Can I use a 220 to charge. I am in Germany

6:24 pm - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

#40 Anne

Anyone know how to change canon sx610 has to English? Have folo instructions which says there should be “English” in the section to change but mine is in Chinese. Please help!!!

7:33 am - Friday, August 19, 2016

#41 Kay

This camera cant record any musical events without serious sound distortion, see attached video and the info below the video, badly designed Canon camera for the price of £300.

11:17 pm - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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