Canon PowerShot SX510 HS: Envisioning the Superzoom Bargain
Compact cameras have turned out to be more utilitarian owing to the gradual improvements in the build quality and also the concerned feature sets. As we look for a better breathing space so as to avoid the clutter of the hefty DSLRs, certain point-and-shoot options do come up with the needed firepower. Canon PowerShot SX510 HS comes along as one such gadget which works according to the claims and is quite an improvement over its predecessor, the SX500. While most of the features associated with the build and performance have been kept intact, the PowerShot SX510 HS does come up with a better sensor which captures far better images even in low light.
Pros: The newest sensor is the most highlighted aspect of this device followed by the excellent image and video quality. This one is quite a budget option with a built-in Wi-Fi framework as for sharing photos on the go.
Cons: Slow shooting performances still persist and mostly it is the action shots which suffer. Fast paced capturing is still a weak spot so is the lack of a viewfinder and only the availability of LCD framing for envisioning the captures.
Here is a detailed review of this device which showcases solidarity while including minor tweaks here and there. While the sophisticated layout has been persisted with, the Superzoom is something which renders added functionality to the pictures under consideration.
Here is one compact camera which showcases a sturdier layout besides including an enhanced grip for easy handling. While one can toggle between the long and short ranges, this one is the smallest possible camera which readily incorporates the 30X zooming prowess. Be it the high-end zooming prowess or the LCD monitor spanning across 2.7-inch interface, the PowerShot SX510 HS has most of the controls and accessories laid out at the perfect level. This device weighs a paltry 349g and the dimensions are quite on the manageable side. The monitor sports an aspect ratio in the range of 4:3 whereas the rear panel has quite a few important buttons added along.
The image quality as seen with the PowerShot SX510 is certainly better than its predecessor. One might feel great as the color combinations come out to be spot on even at higher ISO levels. The user can easily go up to 1600 and still the images won’t look washed out or muddy. The 12MP unit isn’t too generous when one needs to enlarge of even crop the poster-sized dimensions. One may find it a bit tough to neglect the artifacts involved at higher ISO levels, more so when the images are to be viewed in full resolution. The 720mm equivalent focal length is something to bank upon as the user seldom misses out on the long range shots. Movie quality is also acceptable as the quick refocus holds true even while zooming out. The lens motor is quite audible and one can easily record HD quality snippets at a considerable 24fps. Slow motion clips can also be recorded at the QVGA and VGA resolution respectively as one has manual control only over the focus but not regarding the aperture and shutter speeds.
Here is a lens shift stabilizer which is dedicated to those faster subjects and allows one to capture high quality images. Distortions and aberrations are duly avoided whereas the 11 shooting modes do contribute to the overall functionality of this camera. While recording chores have been taken care of, the sizeable image sensor does come in with a lot to offer. The BSI CMOS variant includes a better exposure index as per the certified limits. The PowerShot SX510 comes with the built-in flash support whereas the four reasonable additions to add to the overall specs sheet. Be it the Synchro, Slow, On and Auto flash mode, the PowerShot SX510 has every single attribute taken care of in addition to the 5m of maximum flash coverage.
In comes the 24mm wide angled lens which covers a wider area as compared to the contemporaries. Stunning images can be realized only if this wider area is superimposed with the image stabilizing norms. The aperture readily ranges from f/3.4 up to a sizeable f/5.8 besides the 60X zoom plus addition.
If the user isn’t too picky regarding the minor glitches at higher ISO levels, then the PowerShot SX510 HS comes out to be the safest bet at the given price range, more so owing to the fantastic image sensor and the high-end magnifying prowess.
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Rivals:
Canon PowerShot SX600
Nikon Coolpix L830
Nikon Coolpix L820
Nikon Coolpix P530