Shooting subjects up close (PowerShot SX520 HS)
Article ID: ART116791 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/15/2015


Shooting subjects up close (PowerShot SX520 HS)


If you are shooting a subject at a close distance, and if the subject cannot be easily focused within the normal shooting range, switching the normal mode to the [Macro] () mode will make it easier to focus on the subject.
  • The following explanations are provided based on the assumption that the [Shooting Mode] is set to [Program AE] ()]
  • If the flash fires, vignetting may occur.
  • Be careful to avoid damaging the lens.
The shooting distance of each [Focusing Range] and the shooting modes in which [Macro] settings cannot be made

1. Press the <Power> button to turn the camera on.

2. Press the <Macro> () button.

3. The following screen appears.

Press the <><> to select [Macro] (), and then press the <> button.

Once the setting is complete, [Macro] () is displayed on the LCD monitor.

  • To prevent camera shake, try mounting the camera on a tripod and shooting with the camera set to [Self-timer].
  • The screen indications when operating the <Zoom lever> in [Macro] () mode are as follows.]
When you move the <Zoom lever>, the [Zoom bar] appears on the screen.
In the yellow bar display area below the zoom bar, [ ] will turn gray and the camera will not focus.

The shooting distance for each [Focusing Range] is as shown in the following table. If you shoot beyond the following ranges, the subject may be out of focus.
Also, [Macro] cannot be set in some shooting modes. Please see the following table for details.
ModeFocusing RangeShooting modes in which [Macro] cannot be set
PowerShot SX520 HS5 cm (2.0 in.) infinity (W)*0 50 cm (0.0 in. 1.6 ft.) (W)* , , , , , ,
1.3 m (4.3 ft.) infinity (T)**
* (W): When turning the zoom lever toward to the maximum wide angle side (Max. wide angle).
** (T): When turning the loom lever toward (
) to the maximum telephoto side (Max. telephoto).