Canon IXUS 510 HS Review

August 15, 2012 | Matt Grayson |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 10 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 4.5Mb.

Picture quality from the Canon IXUS 510 HS is as good as we expected it to be. Which was very. We did get some trouble getting the camera to focus when it came to testing the night scene modes. Aside from that, we like the colour reproduction from the CMOS sensor and the pictures are as sharp as a JPEG in everyday use. Primary colours are punchy while troublesome colours (purples) are realistic. Subtle hues are dealt with sympathetically too. Exposures appear balanced on the whole but we did find that in complex light, the Canon IXUS 510 HS will favour shadow areas and burn out the highlights.


At the lowest ISO 100 setting, there's no noise evident in the pictures. Edge sharpness is OK as well. This continues through until ISO 400 where some orange blobs appear in the darker areas. To be honest, at full magnification, there's a minuscule amount of salt and pepper noise at ISO 200 but it's so small, we don't deem it that relevant.

As the Canon IXUS 510 HS moves up into the higher settings, noise becomes more evident in the pictures and starts to spread to more mid-range tones. Edge definition starts to decay more here, too. The final ISO 3200 setting is a junky mess of noise and odd colour.

There are 6 ISO settings available on the Canon IXUS 510 HS. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)


ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)


ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)


Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes via the My Colors menu option.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)


Focal Range

The Canon IXUS 510 HS's 12x zoom lens provides a focal length of 28-336mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.



File Quality

The Canon IXUS 510 HS has 2 different image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

10M Fine (100% Crop) 10M Normal (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

We found chromatic aberration the most prevalent at contrasting colours and hard contrasty edges. It's only really present at the edges of the frame so shouldn't interfere with the majority of subject material.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)


The Canon IXUS 510 HS has a close focusing capability of 1cm from the front lens element. That's pretty cool and the advantage of it is that you know you can keep closing in on that really interesting lizard on holiday and not worry about having to move backwards and forwards to get it in focus. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.


Macro (100% Crop)


Adding flash to a shot helps in a number of ways. It helps get sharper images by allowing faster shutter speeds and adds light to the front of a subject that may be backlit. With some cameras that suffer vignetting the same way the 510 HS does, using flash can eliminate those pesky shaded corners but the flash on the Canon IXUS 510 HS doesn't do that. It retains those dark corners while balancing out the centre of the frame with a balanced, even light.

The flash settings on the Canon IXUS 510 HS are Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, and Flash Off, with Red-eye Correction and Red-Eye Lamp settings available via the Flash Settings main menu option. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (336mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (336mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. We never found any instances of red-eye on portraits so we didn't need to use the red-eye reduction feature as it was - essentially - redundant.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)

Red-eye Correction

Red-eye Correction (100% Crop)