• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 336.00mm (35mm eq.)
Canon 520 HS Review
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 336.00mm (35mm eq.)
Canon 530 HS Review

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Differences

Canon 520 HS advantages over Canon 530 HS

  • Less expensive
    $99 vs $329
    Save money for lenses or accessories

Canon 530 HS advantages over Canon 520 HS

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly

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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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
  • 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.

  • Slim and stylish camera body designed with Canon's classic "box-and-circle" look; highly portable, versatile 12x lens; gorgeous 3.2-inch screen.

  • Built-in WiFi could be easier to use; not everyone will like the touchscreen; average image quality and below average battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung WB150F

Canon 520 HS
Samsung WB150F
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon 530 HS
Samsung WB150F
  • $336
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom

Compared to Panasonic ZS19

Canon 520 HS
Panasonic ZS19
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Touchscreen
Canon 530 HS
Panasonic ZS19
  • $336
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony WX80

Canon 520 HS
Sony WX80
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
  • $165
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon 530 HS
Sony WX80
  • $336
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger pixels
  • $165
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon 330 HS

Canon 520 HS
Canon 330 HS
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
  • $204
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More pixels
Canon 530 HS
Canon 330 HS
  • $336
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Touchscreen
  • $204
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon 340 HS

Canon 520 HS
Canon 340 HS
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $188
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Manual focus
Canon 530 HS
Canon 340 HS
  • $336
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
  • $188
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
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