Canon PowerShot SX510

Canon PowerShot SX510

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Description & Features+

Canon PowerShot SX510
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 30x Optical, 4x Digital and 120x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer

Image Capture Device

12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS

Total Pixels
Approx. 12.8 Megapixels

Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels


Focal Length
4.3 (W) - 129.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-720mm)

Digital Zoom

Focusing Range
Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 4.6 ft. (1.4m) - infinity (T)
Auto/Manual: 0.0 in. (0cm) - infinity (W), 4.6 ft. (1.4m) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: 0.0 in. - 1.6 ft. (0-50cm) (W)

Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus


Optical Viewfinder
Not available

LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle

LCD Pixels
Approx. 461,000 dots

LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%

Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture
f/3.4 (W) - f/5.8 (T)

Shutter Speed
1-1/1600 sec.
15-1/1600 sec. (in Tv and M modes)

Exposure Control

Auto, ISO 80-3200

Light Metering Method
Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**

* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF

** Metering frame is fixed to the center

Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift; AE Lock

Exposure Compensation
Still Images: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Videos: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)

White Balance

White Balance Control
Auto*, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

* Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.


Built-in Flash
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off

Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
Flash Range
1.6 ft. - 16 ft. (W), 1.6 - 9.8 ft. (T) (50cm - 5.0m (W), (50cm - 3.0m (T))

Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance

Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)

Flash Exposure Compensation
± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes
M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Auto, Movie Digest, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Discreet, Movie*3

*1 Portrait, Face Self-timer, High-speed Burst, Low Light, Snow, Fireworks

*2 Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect

*3 Standard, Super Slow Motion Movie

Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color*

*Adjustment of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available

Self Timer
Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom*

*Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.

Wireless Control
Not Available

Continuous Shooting

Normal: Approx. 3.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Normal: Approx. 10.5 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst mode)

AF: Approx. 1.0 shots/sec. (in P mode)

LV: Approx. 1.0 shots/sec. (in P mode)

Image Storage

Storage Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card

File Format
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant

Image Recording Format
Superfine / Fine

JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)

Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))

Number of Recording Pixels
Still Images:

16:9 - Large: 4000 x 2248; Medium 1: 2816 x 1584; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360
3:2 - Large: 4000 x 2664; Medium 1: 2816 x 1880; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424
4:3 - Large: 4000 x 3000; Medium 1: 2816 x 2112; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480
1:1 - Large: 2992 x 2992; Medium 1: 2112 x 2112; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480
Full HD 1920 x 1080: 24 fps*1
HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps*2
Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720*3: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
Miniature Effect 640 x 480*3: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps*2

*1 Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.
*2 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
*3 Playback rate is 30 fps*2
Number of Recordable Images

Image data

File Size (KB)8GB32GBFile Size (KB)8GB32GBFile Size (KB)8GB32GB
Large (L1)SF390319968059462516816789520814976044
Medium 1 (M1)SF202637781525124053189128742720285511526
Medium 2 (M2)SF10956822275378998187330441002744230040
Small (S)SF188350891416222213070312391924927291110150
Medium* (M)FNANANANANANA5581292752176
File Size (KB)8GB32GB
Large (L1)SF388519968059
Medium 1 (M1)SF2026377815251
Medium 2 (M2)SF760982439653
Small (S)SF18835089141622
Medium* (M)FNANANANote: SF=Superfine, F=Fine
* When in Low Light or High-speed Burst.
• The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.
Time of Recordable Movies

Movie data

Miniature Effect
HD: 1280 x 720640 x 480
6 fps*33 fps*31.5 fps*36 fps*33 fps*31.5 fps*3
Movie Size (KB/sec.)57328614324512261
8GB3 hrs. 35 min. 13 sec.6 hrs. 48 min. 56 sec.11 hrs. 21 min. 35 sec.7 hrs. 34 min. 23 sec.13 hrs. 37 min. 54 sec.22 hrs. 43 min. 11 sec.
32GB14 hrs. 29 min. 22 sec.27 hrs. 31 min. 49 sec.45 hrs. 53 min. 03 sec.30 hrs. 35 min. 22 sec.55 hrs. 03 min. 40 sec.91 hrs. 46 min. 07 sec.
Full HD 1920 x 1080HD: 1280 x 720640 x 480
24 fps*130 fps*230 fps*2
Movie Size (KB/sec.)435530531415
8GB29 min. 37 sec.42 min. 09 sec.1 hr. 28 min. 53 sec.
32GB1 hrs. 59 min. 41 sec.2 hrs. 50 min. 17 sec.5 hrs. 59 min. 05 sec.*1 Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.
*2 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
*3 Playback rate is 30 fps*2
Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File
Stills & Videos:

Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Slideshow (Interval, Repeat, Effect)

Still Images:

Single, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Resize, My Colors, Histogram, Overexposure Warning


Normal Playback*1, Skip Backward*2, Previous Frame*3, Next Frame*3, Skip Forward*2

Using the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer.

*1 Audio settings available in 5 levels

*2 Approximately 4 seconds

*3 Slow motion available
Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes
Select Image, Select Range, All Images


Video Out
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, autio and video), Mini-HDMI connector

Audio Out
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)

USB, SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers

Power Source
Battery Pack NB-6LH, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40)

Shooting Capacity
Approx. 250 shots
Approx. 330 shots in ECO Mode

Playback Time
Approx. 5 hours

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature

Operating Humidity

Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.09 x 2.74 x 3.16 in. / 104.0 x 69.5 x 80.2mm

12.3 oz. / 349g (CIPA standard)
11.1 oz. / 316g (camera only)
Share Images and Video, Wherever, Whenever

Built-in Wi-Fi® gives you more options for sharing with friends, family and the whole world
The PowerShot SX510 HS camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology for on-the-go convenience when you want to share your photos and videos with friends, family and the whole world. The camera can connect directly to both iOS® and Android™ devices*, and upload images via the free Canon CameraWindow app** without a computer. Easily post your images to social networking and media sites – Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube™, and now Flickr® – through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# or save them to the online photo album to share anytime, anywhere. Enhanced Wi-Fi® makes posting in real time possible, so you can keep everyone up to date with photos even as events unfold. Easily control the destination of your uploads to social networking sites; share with everyone, or send photos to selected groups. You can also add comments! Transfer images to other Wi-Fi® equipped PowerShot cameras, send images to your computer, or print your photos directly to a wireless PictBridge certified printer.

Enhanced Wi-Fi® features make connecting and sharing easier than ever

Built-in Wi-Fi® on the PowerShot SX510 HS camera has new features that streamline set-up and sharing for a faster, easier, more comprehensive experience than ever. WEP Key input is no longer necessary, and you can even set up and manage your camera/web service transfer preferences without the use of a software CD or USB cable – Wi-Fi® and a web browser are all you need! And, new Automatic Switching through the Image Sync function makes saving and organizing your images easier##. When the camera finds a linked PC on the same wireless network, images are sent directly to it. Otherwise, images are temporarily stored on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# then transferred once a connection is made, eliminating the need for cables.

* Compatible with iOS version 6.0/6.1 or later and Android devices version 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2 or later. Data charges may apply.
** This software enables you to upload images to social network sites. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.
# One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
## Initial set up is required.

Advanced Optics Capture the World As You See It

Powerful 30x Optical Zoom with 24mm Wide-Angle Lens
Given the PowerShot SX510 HS camera's compact size and attractive proportions, it is especially impressive that the camera is equipped with a mega-powerful 30x Optical Zoom. With a 35mm film equivalent focal length that extends all the way from 24mm to 720mm, your shooting reach is superb: you'll capture telephoto shots with detail like never before. The Wide-Angle Lens gives your images a distinctive sweep and grandeur, capturing landscapes, cityscapes, tall buildings and wide groups of people with ease. Genuine Canon optics help ensure that your images are resonant with the clarity and brilliance made possible by Canon's decades of industry leadership in optical technology.

Experience the Imaging Power of the Canon HS System

12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
The PowerShot SX510 HS camera employs a Canon 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, which delivers state-of-the-art imaging performance and is optimized for use in compact cameras. Utilizing a sophisticated light-capturing design, it provides high sensitivity for improved high ISO capture with reduced noise. It is also a high-speed design, capable of rapidly capturing and moving image data to the processor, enabling faster continuous shooting and faster autofocus.

Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor

Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC Image Processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor has ushered in high levels of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, Full HD video and Face Detection Self-timer. More powerful noise reduction algorithms also provide improved low-light capture.


The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations. Beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The system is the result of two technologies brought together in PowerShot cameras: a high-sensitivity imaging sensor, which is able to capture more light; and the DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise with high-speed image processing. The 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor in the PowerShot SX510 HS camera incorporates advanced light reception technology that enhances sensitivity, while the DIGIC 4 Image Processor enables an ISO range of ISO 80–3200. The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur.

Memorable Moments in Spectacular Full HD

Canon Full HD Video Advantage
In addition to the Canon HS SYSTEM, the combination of the advanced CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor in the PowerShot SX510 HS camera makes it possible to shoot crisp, clear high definition video. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot spectacular 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound that you can later watch on your HDTV or download to your computer to share with family and friends. In addition to being able to shoot Full HD 1080p video at 24* frames per second, the PowerShot SX510 HS can also shoot 720p HD video at 30** frames per second.

Dedicated movie button, Wind Filter feature and Optical Zoom for easy video capture

It's never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot SX510 HS camera has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. There is no need to go through layers of menus or operate switches or dials to switch to and from video recording mode. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want. The PowerShot SX510 HS also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. And unlike less sophisticated point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot SX510 HS lets you use the full range of optical zoom when you're shooting a video.

HDTV playback via HDMI output and CEC

It's easy to enjoy and share the videos you shoot with the PowerShot SX510 HS camera. Simply connect its HDMI terminal to your HDTV using an HDMI cable. And because the PowerShot SX510 HS supports HDMI-CEC technology, you'll be able to control the playback of your images and videos on any CEC-enabled HDTV using the TV's remote control. (CEC – Consumer Electronic Control – is part of the HDMI specification, enabling components in a system to communicate with one another.)

A Smarter Camera Means Better Photos and Videos

Smart AUTO
The PowerShot SX510 HS camera features Smart AUTO: sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. Smart AUTO automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture, whether you're shooting stills or video. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects like animals and vehicles. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.

Faster Focus Helps You Capture Every Shot

High Speed AF
The PowerShot SX510 HS camera is equipped with Canon's latest advancements in autofocus (AF) technology. Canon's newly-developed AF achieves a significant increase in speed for a shooting experience that's spontaneous and natural. The remarkably responsive High Speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with reduced lag time.

Several engineering breakthroughs contributed to this major enhancement to speed. In addition to improved AF algorithms, the camera can process multiple sequences simultaneously, and takes advantage of reworked controls between AF and the start of shooting.

Super Telephoto Shooting Made Easy

Zoom Framing Assist with seek function and enhanced automatic zoom
With its 30x Optical Zoom lens, the PowerShot SX510 HS camera has the telephoto reach to capture subjects a long distance away. At maximum telephoto, however, it can be challenging to track a moving subject. The Zoom Framing Assist seek function makes it much easier to use the camera's powerful zoom lens. When you press and hold the Zoom Framing Assist function button, the camera will automatically zoom out to include a wider angle of view, enabling you to more easily locate your moving subject. Once you find it, releasing the button will cause the lens to return to its original zoom position, intelligently keeping the subject in focus until you're ready to shoot and capture the perfect close-up moment. You can even make zoom adjustments while the button is pressed, with an animated assist frame that makes viewing easy. When the button is released, the lens will return to the adjusted zoom position. And enhanced Zoom Framing Assist keeps your subject's face the same size in your frame no matter how they move. Tap the Zoom Framing Assist function button to detect your subject's face. As your subject retreats and advances the camera automatically zooms in and out so their face remains the same size. It's especially useful for capturing the expressions of fast-moving children. And, for even more convenience, the Zoom Framing Assist function is also available when shooting video.

A Steady Image Is a Beautiful Image

Intelligent IS
The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS, analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to help capture the steadiest possible image.

Compose Your Shots in High Resolution

High-Resolution 3.0-inch LCD
Composing and checking your shots is easier with PowerShot SX510 HS camera's clear, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD screen (approximately 461,000 dots). The extra resolution also makes using the camera's menu functions more convenient. The large screen is easily viewable from a wide angle, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images.

Shooting Modes

PowerShot cameras offer shooting modes that make it easy to take perfect photos in a wide range of shooting situations by providing intelligent presets with optimized settings.

Special Scene Modes with Creative Filters

Special Scene Modes have fun and creative filters you can add to your photos without having to use a computer. You can make a quirky portrait using a Fisheye Lens Effect or add a beautiful single-tone effect with Monochrome. Toy Camera Effect simulates a vintage look as if capturing the photo using a “toy” or pinhole camera. Make a scene appear like a small-scale model with Miniature Effect, when shooting from a high vantage point. Super Vivid enhances an image for bright, intense colors while Poster Effect alters the contrast of an image for poster-like presentation.

ECO Mode

The PowerShot SX510 HS camera takes energy conservation to the next level with ECO Mode, which provides more shots per single charge through monitor and camera power management. ECO Mode can be activated for easy power preservation when an outlet is unavailable. ECO Mode quickly wakes the camera from sleep when a button is pressed or with a touch of the LCD screen. With ECO Mode activated to conserve power, you can even stay connected for longer with the built-in Wi-Fi® feature on the PowerShot SX510 HS. With ECO Mode, you can be sure that your camera will keep up when fun with family and friends runs late into the night!


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