• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 12.0x zoom 28mm - 336mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 8.0x zoom 28mm - 224mm (35mm equiv.)

Advantages

Canon 520 HS over Canon 130 IS

  • Lens zoom ratio
    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)
  • 1080p
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon 130 IS over Canon 520 HS

  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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 530 HS

Canon 520 HS
Canon 530 HS
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $259
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
Canon 130 IS
Canon 530 HS
  • $160
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $259
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony WX80

Canon 520 HS
Sony WX80
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Bigger pixels
  • $148
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi
Canon 130 IS
Sony WX80
  • $160
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Longer shutter
  • $148
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wider angle lens

Compared to Canon 330 HS

Canon 520 HS
Canon 330 HS
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Faster shutter
  • $264
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • More pixels
Canon 130 IS
Canon 330 HS
  • $160
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • $264
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 115 IS

Canon 520 HS
Canon 115 IS
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Bigger pixels
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • More pixels
Canon 130 IS
Canon 115 IS
  • $160
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • HDMI out
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Canon 140 IS

Canon 520 HS
Canon 140 IS
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Bigger pixels
  • $126
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Newer
Canon 130 IS
Canon 140 IS
  • $160
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • More dots on screen
  • $126
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
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