Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Anthony Caruana
14 January, 2014
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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS



Good image quality


Confusing setup;  lack of documentation


Canon has an excellent reputation for creating cameras catering for every photography niche. And while the PowerShot SX510 HS ticked many boxes it wasn’t all smooth sailing. In terms of picture quality, the PowerShot SX510 HS did a great job of capturing images in a variety of different indoor and outdoor settings and shooting different subjects. The automatic mode covered most day-to-day shooting situations, but there’s a full range of manual controls that can be invoked. The 30x optical zoom was easy to use with the toggle switch positioned over the shutter button so it can be activated without moving your finger too much. Other controls can be easily accessed, though we did find some of the options confusing. For example, some Wi-Fi settings are accessed from the settings menu while others can only be found when the camera is in image playback mode. The PowerShot SX510 HS doesn’t ship with a detailed manual, although it can be downloaded from Canon’s website. We found that we needed to use the manual to configure Wi-Fi. This is critical, as the geotagging feature of the camera requires connection to a smartphone application via Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, the Canon CameraWindow app was not easy to use. Connections between the camera and iPhone did not establish reliably. The application is free and once we figured out how to activate Wi-Fi we were able to connect to a wireless LAN and connect with the app. From there we could download images straight for the camera to an iPhone. Bottom line. While the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is a very competent camera, it suffers from a confusing user interface and the app, that’s required for geotagging, is limited and somewhat unreliable.

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