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PowerShot A520

PowerShot A520

PowerShot A520

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Marketed March 2005

The Canon PowerShot A520 represents a new generation of PowerShot A-series compact digital cameras. The A520, equipped with a 1/2.5″ 4.0-megapixel CCD sensor features a newly developed retractable 4x zoom lens with a focal length of 35-140mm (35mm film equivalent) and the DIGIC imaging engine for outstanding imaging quality and performance.

Offering compatibility with SD memory cards and MultiMediaCard media, and operating on two AA batteries, this model realizes compact, lightweight body. The A520 also allow users to select from 20 different shooting modes to match a variety of shooting situations and conditions, and include a customizable self-timer function.

The PowerShot A520 supports the PictBridge standard for printing photos directly from PictBridge-compatible printers, regardless of the manufacturer or brand.

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 4.0 million
Image Sensor 1/2.5″ CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 4.2 million)
Lens 5.8 (W) – 23.2 (T)mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 – 140mm)
f/2.6 (W) – f/5.5 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 3.6x (Up to approx. 14x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 1.8″, TFT color LCD, approx. 115,000 dots
AF System TTL autofocus
Focus lock and Manual focus are available
9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center)
Shooting Distance
(from the front of the lens)
Normal AF 45 cm (1.5 ft.) – infinity
Macro AF 5 – 45cm (2.0 in. – 1.5 ft.) (W)/
30 – 45cm (11.8 in. – 1.5 ft.) (T)
Manual focus 5cm (2.0 in.) – infinity (W)/
30cm (11.8 in.) – infinity (T)
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 15 – 1/2000 sec.
The shutter speed varies according to the shooting modes.
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center)
Exposure Control System Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure control
Exposure Compensation ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity Auto*, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent

*Camera automatically sets the optimal speed

White Balance Auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H) or custom
Built-in Flash Auto*, on*, off

*Red-eye reduction is available.

Flash Range Normal 45cm – 3.5m (1.5ft. – 11.5ft.) (W)
45cm – 2.2m (1.5ft. – 7.2ft.) (T)
Macro 30 – 45cm (11.8in. – 1.5ft.) (W/T)
(ISO speed set to Auto)
Shooting Modes Auto
Creative zone Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual
Image zone Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Fast shutter, Slow shutter, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets and Night Snapshot), Stitch assist and Movie
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.9 shots/sec.
(Large/Fine mode, LCD monitor off)
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./2-sec. delay. Can be set using the custom settings.
PC-controlled Shooting Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit.)
Recording Media SD memory card/MultiMediaCard
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type Still images Exif 2.2 (JPEG)*
Movies AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))

* This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera’s image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.

Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels Still images Large:2272 x 1704 pixels
Medium 1:1600 x 1200 pixels
Medium 2:1024 x 768 pixels
Small:640 x 480 pixels
Movies 640×480 pixels, 10 frames/sec. (Approx. 30 sec.)
320×240 pixels, 15 frames/sec. (approx. 3 min.)
160×120 pixels, 15 frames/sec. (approx. 3 min.)
The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting.
Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Auto play, Sound memos (up to 60 sec.) or Movie.
Direct Print Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible, and PictBridge compliant
My Camera Settings The start-up image, start-up sound, shutter sound, operation sound and self-timer sound can be customized using the following methods:
  1. Using the images and sounds recorded on the camera.
  2. Using downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.
Interface USB (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol])
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source AA-size alkaline batteries (included in the camera kit)
AA-size rechargeable NiMH batteries NB4-200 (sold separately)
AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (sold separately)
Operating Temperature 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 – 90 %
(w x h x d)
90.7 x 64.0 x 38.4 mm (3.6 x 2.5 x 1.5 in.)
(excluding protrusions)
(camera body only)
Approx. 180 g (6.3 oz.)