• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 28mm - 336mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 28mm - 224mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 520 HS advantages over Canon 130 IS

  • More lens zoom
    12.0x vs 8.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.69 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.8 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon 130 IS advantages over Canon 520 HS

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Compact 12x zoom; Optical image stabilization; Full HD movies; Handheld Night Scene mode; Good shutter lag time.

  • Uses microSD media; Short battery life; Flash is weak; Soft at telephoto; Tiny buttons.

The Competition

Compared to Canon SD4500 IS

Canon 520 HS
Canon SD4500 IS
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Fast startup
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
Canon 130 IS
Canon SD4500 IS
  • $160
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Longer battery life
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm T300

Canon 520 HS
Fujifilm T300
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger pixels
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
Canon 130 IS
Fujifilm T300
  • $160
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More dots on screen
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom

Compared to Canon 530 HS

Canon 520 HS
Canon 530 HS
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon 130 IS
Canon 530 HS
  • $160
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony WX80

Canon 520 HS
Sony WX80
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger pixels
  • $141
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon 130 IS
Sony WX80
  • $160
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Longer exposure
  • $141
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon 140 IS

Canon 520 HS
Canon 140 IS
  • $162
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger pixels
  • $116
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
Canon 130 IS
Canon 140 IS
  • $160
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More dots on screen
  • $116
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
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