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ISO comparison

There is no doubt about it: The SX510 HS produces better photos than the SX500 IS. Color performance is very good and they don't get muddy or washed-out-looking until you get up to ISO 1600.

Still, the 12-megapixel resolution isn't much help when it comes to enlarging and heavy cropping or poster-size prints. With the exception of close-ups taken at ISO 80, there's a bit too much in the way of noise and artifacts visible when photos are viewed at 100 percent (take a closer look and you can better see what I mean). This is the case with most small-sensor point-and-shoots, though, so if full-size quality is important to you, you'll want to move up to a large-sensor compact.

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Color

Color performance is excellent from the SX510 HS: bright, vivid, and accurate. (Exposure is generally good, though highlights will blow out on occasion.)
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Zoom range

The camera's biggest selling point is the 30x zoom lens that goes from 24mm at the wide end (top) to a 720mm telephoto (bottom). There is no electronic viewfinder on this model, so it's a little more difficult to keep the camera steady held out in front of you with the lens zoomed in. Fortunately, the optical image stabilization is excellent.
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Creative Filters

Canon includes several of its high-quality Creative Filters: Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect (pictured), Monochrome, Super Vivid, and Poster Effect. The results are high quality and full resolution, unlike what you'd get with a smartphone app, and with the camera's built-in Wi-Fi, they're ready to share straight from the camera.
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Full-resolution SX510 HS sample

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Full-resolution SX510 HS sample

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Full-resolution SX510 HS sample

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Full-resolution SX510 HS sample

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Full-resolution SX510 HS sample

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Full-resolution SX510 HS sample

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Full-resolution SX510 HS sample

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Full-resolution SX510 HS sample

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