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Ultra-zoom and ultra-compact cameras are available under the $250 price category and most of them from Canon. These cameras have atleast 12x optical zoom and atleast 7 Megapixel camera resolution well suited for vacations.

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Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS Light Field
Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS Light Field Camera
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Score
Release Date
Feb 2012
Camera Type
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
Resolution
10.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
6.0 mm

  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS is a good choice for those already happy with their smartphone's photos and movie clips, but looking for a cute little camera with a long zoom and faster performance.


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS packs a 12x zoom lens into a very compact body that's sure to turn heads. But this pretty camera is hampered by a tiny sensor that produces noisy images at middle to high ISO settings.


  • The Canon IXUS 500 HS is a good attempt to marry the classic styling of the IXUS range with a big zoom lens, but the tiny controls, poor battery life, so-so image quality at high ISO speeds and the eye-watering price-tag detract somewhat from its overall appeal.


Top 5 ultra-zoom ultra-compact digital camera:

  1. Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS Light Field Camera