Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Review

November 15, 2013 | Matt Grayson | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is a super-zoom digital compact camera featuring a 30x optical zoom, 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor, optical image stabiliser, FullHD video, wifi connectivity and GPS location tagging. That's a lot of technology inside a body that is 75% lens. Can it stand up to our rigorous testing regime? Priced at £229 / $249, we hope so. The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is available in black only.

Ease of Use

One of the most exciting things about opening the box of a camera that is a follow on from a previous model is checking what the physical and technological differences/upgrades are. We opened the lid of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS and removed the paperwork which includes a Getting Started guide, warranty, promotional leaflets and CD which includes a full manual and photo editing software.

Underneath all this was the camera surrounded by the accessories included such as a lithium ion battery, charger and mains cable. There's also a USB cable and a neck strap for the camera because it's slightly larger than a typical digital compact camera. Of course, this is because of the 30x optical zoom lens stuck out the front of an otherwise slim body. The zoom isn't any larger or smaller than the previous model – the SX500 HS. In fact, the entire lens system is identical down to the same amount of lenses in the same amount of groups. That's a disappointing discovery as the lens quality on the SX500 HS wasn't that good, with chromatic aberrations and some lens distortion at wide-angle.

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Front Rear

One area that has changed is in the sensor. The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS has a 12.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor which is a 4 million pixel drop in resolution from the 16 megapixel CCD we saw in the SX500. On top of that is the back-illuminated technology to increase low light sensitivity and the change from a CCD which records sharper images, to a more fuel efficient – but softer – CMOS. Still, in our review of the SX500 we got noise showing through at the low ISO settings, so hopefully, this change in sensor will obviate the noise problem. However, the ISO sensitivity has been raised from ISO 1600 to ISO 3200.

The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is styled like a bridge camera and has manual control, yet Canon have placed it outside this category and instead placed it in the Superzoom section. That particular cap still fits and it's most likely that the SX510 HS isn't in the Bridge section because of the lack of raw recording. Because of the large zoom lens, the camera has an oversized grip to the right so that you can hold on firmly due to the increased weight when compared to a compact camera with a more modest zoom. The shutter release sits on top of the grip with the zoom switch circling it. The command dial that sports the afore-mentioned manual controls is situated just behind with a slight overlap of the back to access it with the thumb. It's unlikely you'll do this though because it's quite firm. We found ourselves using our fingers as well. That's not a bad thing, in fact we'd rather have a wheel that won't slip out of the mode we've selected.

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Top Side

The pop-up flash sits on top of the lens barrel, hiding until it's needed. The performance of the flash unit has been improved from a range of 1.4m – 3m at full zoom on the SX500 HS to 0.5m – 3m at full zoom on the SX510 HS. Canon have also added a Smart Flash Exposure mode to the new camera which adjusts the flash power according to the ambient light conditions.  That will be useful when using it at closer quarters.

Two other new features to the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS are GPS and wi-fi connectivity. The camera does need a smart phone to connect through and it also uses the phone's GPS system to log with it's own. So don't be under any reservations that the SX510 HS has a GPS system. It doesn't, it simply ties in the GPS details with your phone to the time and date information that it has recorded with each picture. Of course that means you have to have the date and time correct on the camera.

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Front Pop-up Flash

The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS can take up to 3.8fps (frames per second) in continuous shooting mode. That sits about right with what we managed to photograph in one second. From a cold start, the camera can start up, focus and take a picture in 1.5sec. That's pretty cool given that the standard for a camera of this type is around 2-2.5sec.

There are a couple of menus available on the SX510 HS. The easiest one to access is the Function menu. It's found on the pad on the back of the camera. Pressing the centre button brings the menu up on the left hand side of the screen. You can navigate your way through by using the up and down navigation pad. You can scroll through using the wheel around the pad as well, but this requires pressing right or Set to go into sub-menus. In the Function menu, you can access most used features, such as white-balance, resolution, compression, ISO, burst modes and metering.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

There's also a Main menu that accesses the more in-depth features of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS. There are two tabs to choose from. One allows you to make changes to operations that affect the shooting modes while the other programs the camera operations such as date & time, languages, power saving mode and screen brightening. You can also format the card or amend how it counts the photographs you take. The screen is lovely and bright with a black background, grey box and orange highlight over white lettering.

Playback is accessed by pressing the blue triangle button on the back of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS. It will work even when powered down, although you'll have to hold the button down for a few seconds if the camera is off. The pictures will display full size and by pressing the Disp button, you can add additional information to look at including a histogram. The Playback menu will allow you to perform basic editing on the pictures, such as i-Contrast, Red-eye correction and cropping. You can also resize them and add digital effects using the My Colors sub-menu. You can create a slide-show of your photographs, which is great for displaying a holiday collection. The second tab is for the DPOF system. It allows you to create print orders, select pictures to print and how many. This is available for if you connect the camera directly to a printer without using a computer first.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 12 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.


It's an interesting move Canon have made with the drop in resolution from 16 to 12 megapixels. The lack of pixels should make pictures less noisy as we go through the stages. The SX500 HS which this camera is replacing showed noise coming through the image even at the lowest settings. It looks like Canon have been hard at work solving that problem, because the low ISO shots are completely noise free.

In fact, it's not really until ISO 800 that we start to see a slight amount of salt and pepper noise showing through on the darker areas of the test images. Colour noise begins to show at ISO 1600 and it's not a gradual thing either; it jumps in and attacks.

At the final manual setting ISO 3200, noise is all over the image, though less noticeable in highlights, strong pockets of colour noise affect the darker areas of the shot and black & white flecks spatter the image.

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)



We found that the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS images are already very sharp, but do benefit from a little touch up in post processing.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS has the same 30x optical zoom as its predecessor, the SX500 HS. At wide-angle, it starts at a 35mm equivalent of 24mm and goes out to 720mm at full zoom.

On a typical, everyday photograph you shouldn't pick up any irregularities, such as barrel distortion. If you compose the image with the horizon towards the top or bottom of the frame or have vertical/horizontal lines towards the edges of the frame, you might discover barrel distortion.



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Chromatic Aberrations

The lens system is the same as the SX500 HS and we still discovered chromatic aberration easily in a lot of pictures. It's not only resigned to the edges of the frame either, it does creep in worryingly close to the centre of the frame.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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Chromatic Aberrations 3 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 4 (100% Crop)

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File Quality

There are two settings of compression for the resolution. Superfine will record images around 5Mb in size. You can knock it down to Fine and images will be around 3.5Mb in size. We still recorded a lot of detail even in the Fine setting, and it will also free up space on the card.

SuperFine (4.86Mb) (100% Crop)

Fine (3.26Mb) (100% Crop)

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The close focusing of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS at wide-angle is point blank range. In our test image, the memory card is pressed up against the edge of the lens. It does mean that there's little light getting in when you do that and the edge definition drops off leaving around 50% of the image in focus.


Macro (100% Crop)

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The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS has a new Smart flash system which compliments the ambient light. It certainly works, by stabilising the available light. There is a lot of vignetting at wide-angle but this is eradicated by the time you get to full zoom.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (720mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (720mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Red-eye-Reduction settings caused any red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
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Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

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There's no Night mode on the SX510 HS because it has manual modes with programmable shutter speeds down to 15 seconds. There is a low light option, but this mode drops the resolution to 3 megapixels and ramps up the ISO in order to avoid camera shake. Pictures in this mode are covered in noise with little or no detail.

Night Scene

Night Scene (100% Crop)

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Night Shutter-priority

Night Shutter-priority (100% Crop)

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS camera, which were all taken using the 12 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 24 frames per second. Please note that this 43 second movie is 183Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

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Pop-up Flash

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Side of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

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Rear of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

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Rear of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS / Turned On


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Rear of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS / Function Menu

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Rear of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS / Shooting Mode
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Rear of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS / Scene Mode
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Rear of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS / Main Menu
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Rear of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS / Wi-fi Menu
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Top of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
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Front of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
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Memory Card Slot
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Battery Compartment


The response from readers on Photography Blog about the SX500 IS was a mixed bag of people loving the variety of tech and those not liking the image quality. The latter point is a valid one and it looks as though Canon were paying attention to what consumers were saying. The result is a drop in resolution and some hard work going into the sensor, noise reduction and processor to make it much better. Image quality is now much better on the SX510 HS and the only thing that we find lets it down is the lens.

Having a massive lens on a small camera isn't a bad idea but the one that's on the SX510 HS seems to have been directly from its predecessor and that one was riddled with chromatic aberrations. Therefore, the same can be said about the new camera and it's a real shame to get such good noise control only to have purple fringing along all contrasting lines.

The dynamic range of the sensor isn't that wide, the camera struggles to expose properly in direct light or complex lighting. It often burns out highlights. We're sympathetic to the fact that the days we tested the camera were very bright with a low autumn sun that caused havoc with strong shadows. However, we've seen better results from other cameras in similar situations.

Using the camera is easy enough, though and even if you don't have any experience of manual control, there's plenty of features that will do everything for you while giving scope for improving your photographic prowess if you wish. The UI is typically straightforward so that even a newcomer to photographer will manage to navigate their way around without a lot of fuss.

For a camera at this price point, you get a good amount of features. It's easy to see a large zoom lens, manual controls and expect it to be like a DSLR and you have to dispel those thoughts while looking at the SX510 HS because it isn't one. It's a high grade point and shooter that has some manual modes. It makes it a great little camera for a family that has people who have varied levels of skill in photography.

The only thing really letting the SX510 HS down is the quality of the lens system. Design wise, we'd like to see the ugly zoom switch replaced with something a little more sleek, but that's a minor digression and we certainly won't mark the camera down for it. If you're looking for a superzoom camera that's quite small and has good noise performance, then you'll like the SX510 HS. Just take a look at the sample images and look for chroma. If you can live with it, then you'll like the Canon Powershot SX510 HS.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 4

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS super-zoom camera has an astonishing 50x lens with a massive focal range of 24-1200mm. The Canon SX50 HS also offers a 12 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 2.8 inch vari-angle LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, full manual controls, RAW format support, 10fps burst shooting and full 1080p HD movies. Read our detailed Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review complete with full-size JPEG, RAW and video samples to discover if it's the only camera you'll ever need...

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

The Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR is a bridge compact camera with a massive 42x, 24-1000mm zoom lens. The HS50 also offers an autofocus lag of just 0.05 seconds, full 1080p movies at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch vari-angle LCD screen, 11ps burst shooting and a 16 megapixel back-illuminated EXR sensor with RAW support. Is this the only camera you'll ever need? Read our Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR review to find out...

Nikon Coolpix L820

The Nikon Coolpix L820 is an affordable super-zoom compact camera with a 30x zoom lens. The 16 megapixel bridge-style Nikon L820 has a 3-inch LCD screen, 1080p movies and uses AA batteries. Read our Nikon Coolpix L820 review to find out if this is the right super zoom camera for you...

Nikon Coolpix P520

The Nikon Coolpix P520 is a brand new super-zoom camera with an incredible 42x zoom lens. The 18 megapixel Nikon P520 has a back illuminated 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3.2-inch 921K-dot vari-angle LCD screen, full 1080p high-definition movies with stereo sound, built-in GPS, an electronic viewfinder and 7fps burst shooting. Priced at £399.99 / $449.95, read our Nikon Coolpix P520 review to find out if that zoom lens is too big for its own good...

Olympus SP-820UZ

The Olympus SP-820UZ is a bridge compact camera that boasts a 40x zoom lens with an incredible focal range of 22.4-896mm. The 14 megapixel Olympus SP-820UZ also offers a 3 inch LCD screen, 1080p movie recording and a Backlight HDR mode. Read our in-depth Olympus SP-820UZ review to find out if this super-zoom is worth the £280 / $330 asking price...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

The Lumix DMC-FZ200 is Panasonic's premium super-zoom compact camera. Stand-out features of the FZ200 include a 24x zoom lens with a constant aperture of f/2.8 throughout the 25-600mm range, 1080p HD movies, a high-resolution LCD and EVF, fast auto-focusing, 12fps burst shooting and a 12 megapixel MOS image sensor. Read our expert Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review now...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72

The brand new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 super-zoom camera (also known as the DMC-FZ70) features a massive 60x zoom lens with a focal range of 20-1200mm, the biggest of any camera on the market. Other highlights of the FZ72 / FZ70 include a 3 inch LCD screen, full 1080i HD movies, 9fps burst shooting, P/A/S/M modes, RAW support, a flash hotshoe and a 16.1 megapixel MOS sensor. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 review now...

Pentax Optio X90

The Pentax Optio X90 is a brand new super-zoom compact camera featuring a 26x image-stabilized zoom lens with a focal range of 26-676mm. Successor to the X70 model, the X90 has a 12 megapixel sensor, 2.7 inch screen, full range of creative shooting modes and can record 720p HD movies. Retailing for £329.99 / $399.95, does the Pentax Optio X90 offer enough to match its super-zoom rivals? Gavin Stoker finds out in our Pentax Optio X90 review.

Samsung WB5000

The WB5000 / HZ25W is Samsung's first entry into the big boy world of all-in-one super-zoom cameras. Offering a 24x zoom lens with 26mm wide-angle setting, the WB5000 literally has most photographic subjects covered, for both 12 megapixel stills and 720p movies. Throw in a range of hand-holding smart modes for beginners and RAW format and Manual mode for advanced users, and Samsung could be onto a winner at their very first attempt. Read our expert Samsung WB5000 / HZ25W review to find out if Panasonic, Olympus et al have anything to fear...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 is a new superzoom compact camera that won't break the bank. The Sony H200 features a 26x 24-633mm lens, 20 megapixel CCD sensor, 720p HD video with stereo sound, 3-inch screen, and even a manual shooting mode. Read our expert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 review to find out if it's the right super-zoom bridge camera for you...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V is a new premium super-zoom compact camera. A 30x, 27-810mm lens, built-in GPS tracking, 1920x1080 50p Full HD video with stereo sound, an 18.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, high-resolution tilting 3-inch screen, manual shooting mode, 10fps continuous shooting, 3D photos, and SD memory card support are all present and correct. Read our expert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V review to find out if it's the right super-zoom bridge camera for you.

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS from around the web. »

The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is a 12 Megapixel super zoom camera with 30x stabilised optical range and a 3 inch LCD screen. Launched in August 2013 it replaces the one year old PowerShot SX500 IS which is retained in the PowerShot lineup. The SX510 HS is a step down in resolution from the 16 Megapixel CCD sensor in the earlier model, but the 12 Megapixel sensor in the SX510 is a back-illuminated CMOS type providing better low-light performance.
Read the full review » »

The Canon Powershot SX510 HS was announced in August 2013 and is a mini bridge camera with 30x optical zoom, updating the Canon Powershot SX500 IS. It has a 12.1 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, full 1080p HD video recording and is available for around £250.
Read the full review »



Type 1/2.3 type back-illuminated CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Type DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology


Focal Length 4.3 – 129.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 720 mm)
Zoom Optical 30x
ZoomPlus 60x
Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined Approx. 120x
Maximum f/number f/3.4 – f/5.8
Construction 13 elements in 10 groups (1 UD lens, 1 double-sided aspherical lens)
Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type), approx. 2.5-stop¹. Intelligent IS plus Enhanced Dynamic IS


Type TTL
AF System/ Points AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
AF Modes Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking AF
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 0 cm (W) from front of lens in macro


Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Centre)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200


Speed 1 – 1/1600 sec. (factory default)
15 – 1/1600 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)


Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom


Monitor 7.5 cm (3.0”) TFT, Approx. 461,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD


Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Slow Sync Speed Fastest speed 1/1600 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash
Built-in Flash Range 50 cm – 5.0 m (W) / 50 cm – 3.0 m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2


Modes Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), Movie Digest, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Live View Control, SCN (Portrait, FaceSelf-Timer, Low Light (3.0MP), Snow, Fireworks), Creative Filters (Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Discreet, Movie
Modes in Movie Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Portrait, Snow, Fireworks, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Super Slow Motion Movie
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 3.8 shots/sec
High-speed Burst (3MP): 10.5 shots/sec
with AF: Approx. 1.0 shots/sec.
with Live View: Approx. 1.0 shots/sec
(all speeds are until memory card becomes full)¹²


Image Size 4:3 - (L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480
16:9 - (L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 - (L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
Resize in playback (M2, S)
Compression Superfine, Fine
Movies (Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 24 fps, (HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie (L) 640 x 480, 120fps, (M) 320 x 240, 240fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
Movie Digest (L)
Movie Length (Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.¹
(L) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²
(Super Slow Motion Movie) 30 sec.


Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]


Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)


GPS GPS via mobile (linked to compatible smartphone)
Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
My Category Image tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese


Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
Computer/Other Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only)¹




PC & Macintosh Windows 8/7 SP1/ Vista SP2/ XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.6 – 10.8
For Wireless LAN connection to a PC:
Windows 8/7 SP1
Mac OS X v10.6.8/10.7/10.8.2 or later


Browsing & Printing ImageBrowser EX
Other PhotoStitch, Map Utility


Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6LH (battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 250 shots
Eco mode approx. 330 shots
Approx. 300 min. playback
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40


Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-970, DCC-950
Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40, Battery Charger CB-2LYE
Other Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100, interface cable IFC-400PCU


Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 104.0 x 69.5 x 80.2 mm
Weight Approx. 349 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
Image Stabilisation ¹ Values at maximum optical focal length. Cameras whose focal length exceeds 350mm (35mm equivalent) are measured at 350mm.
AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Computer/Other ¹ Wi-Fi use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Wi-Fi support varies by device and region. For more information visit
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.

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