Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-336mm (F3.4-5.9) lens
  • 206g - 99 x 59 x 22mm
  • Released March 2012
  • Other Name is IXUS 1100 HS
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon ELPH 510 HS summary

Canon ELPH 510 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally released on March of 2012. It uses a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is also known as "IXUS 1100 HS" in some regions.

The ELPH 510 HS places at #162 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over-all #785 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your customized requirements.

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The following is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Canon ELPH 510 HS history

The Canon ELPH 510 HS is part of a family of products. You can read the full range below.

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Canon-ELPH-510-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 510 HS28-336mm
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Canon ELPH 510 HS Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon ELPH 510 HS based on aspects that are normally considered important in a digital camera.

built-in flash
built in zoom lens (28-336mm 12.0 x zoom)
features face detection focus
features tracking autofocus
great minimum ISO (100)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI out
lighter than others (206g)
long reach (336mm)
offers touch to focus
pretty good screen size (3.2 inches)
rather wide (28mm)
screen is touchscreen
does not have external microphone support
does not have headphone support
does not have Timelapse function
lack of aperture priority mode
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW format
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (461 thousand dots)
manual focus not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no articulating screen
no external flash support
no manual exposure
no shutter priority
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor is small (1/2.3")
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
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Canon ELPH 510 HS Sensor specifications

The size of the sensor in the Canon ELPH 510 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.

The image below shows the ELPH 510 HS's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The ELPH 510 HS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 510 HS dimensions

Canon ELPH 510 HS weighs 0.45 pounds (206 gr / 7.27 ounces) and the sizing of the camera is 99mm x 59mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Canon ELPH 510 HS is less heavy when compared with other competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Canon ELPH 510 HS besides a soda so you can have a sense of its scale.

Canon ELPH 510 HS dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button arrangement on the ELPH 510 HS.

Canon ELPH 510 HS topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 510 HS Lens specifications

The ELPH 510 HS features a built-in lens providing a focal range of 28-336mm giving it a 12.0 x zoom which is definitely not outstanding nevertheless it is likely to be invaluable in some cases.

At the widest 28mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.4 and that's quite slow and not the best in low light conditions and you may find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will also need to boost the ISO giving you noisy shots. On the tele end, 336mm is excellent zoom and comes at f5.9 which is very slow and you will need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 510 HS Connectivity

The ELPH 510 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy images and oftentimes change settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Some applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Canon ELPH 510 HS Video specifications

The max video resolution in the Canon ELPH 510 HS is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in H.264 file format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance in video quality and file sizes but 1080p isn't going to give you much room to downsample. The camera does not have a mic and headphone jack which means you have got no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to look into an alternative camera if you need good sound in your videos.

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Canon ELPH 510 HS Weather Sealing

Canon ELPH 510 HS does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions can easily affect the camera.

Canon ELPH 510 HS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 510 HS houses a 3.2 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you will be able to switch focus point and change settings using your finger.

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The View Finder specs regarding Canon ELPH 510 HS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders can be very helpful.

Canon ELPH 510 HS Shutter specifications

Canon ELPH 510 HS continuous shooting speed is 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Canon ELPH 510 HS Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon ELPH 510 HS boasts only built-in flash with no external flash support.

Canon ELPH 510 HS Autofocusing specifications

Canon ELPH 510 HS boasts just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & accurate when compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detection which is handy for portrait photography.

Canon ELPH 510 HS has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to change where you focus. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Canon ELPH 510 HS does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing ability is useful in low light scenarios or you need to have more accurate depth of field control.

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Canon ELPH 510 HS Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the maximum (600) battery life in this range of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the strongest battery life:

Canon ELPH 510 HS for various styles of photography

The following chart shows a summary of the Canon ELPH 510 HS for various styles of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Canon ELPH 510 HS Portrait photography highlights

The Canon ELPH 510 HS gets a rating of 27 which is subpar, meaning that it is not suitable to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files plus the ability to use external lighting.

Photography Glossary
comes with face detection focus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Canon ELPH 510 HS as a Street photography camera

Getting a nice points tally of 65, the Canon ELPH 510 HS is a very decent pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
features touch focus
lighter than competitors in class (206 grams)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Canon ELPH 510 HS as a Sports photography camera

A subpar sports photography score of 32 indicates the Canon ELPH 510 HS is not suitable for photographing sports. A camera must have good autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Canon ELPH 510 HS as a Travel photography camera

Weight is very crucial in getting a travel camera. All round, the Canon ELPH 510 HS gets a above average 66 for a travel camera which makes it a good fit to take on your trips.

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lighter than competition (206g)
provides focus by touch
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
great zoom (336mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)

Canon ELPH 510 HS Landscape photography details

For anyone planning to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Canon ELPH 510 HS at it's subpar rating of 37 for a landscape camera is not suitable compared to it's rivals.

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decently wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3.2")
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
lack of manual mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording

Canon ELPH 510 HS Vlogging features

A vlogging camera ought to come with a moving screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Canon ELPH 510 HS is not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a subpar rating of 35.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (206g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone jack

Canon ELPH 510 HS Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the ELPH 510 HS, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart down below gives you a bird's eye view of the ELPH 510 HS versus it's highest ranking competitors suggested earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you might take into account as alternate options. To see a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon ELPH 510 HS
Alternative name
IXUS 1100 HS
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-336mm (12.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3.2 inches
Screen resolution
461 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech
PureColor II TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
3.10 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Microphone support
Headphone support
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
206 grams (0.45 lbs)
Physical dimensions
99 x 59 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Cost at release