• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 336.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 300.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 520 HS advantages over Nikon S6800

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.69 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon S6800 advantages over Canon 520 HS

  • Less expensive
    $100 vs $180
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    17 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Wider angle lens
    25.0 mm vs 28.0 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.4 fps vs 2.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Fast startup
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
Nikon S6800
Canon SD4500 IS
  • $146
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm T300

Canon 520 HS
Fujifilm T300
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger pixels
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
Nikon S6800
Fujifilm T300
  • $146
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Canon 530 HS

Canon 520 HS
Canon 530 HS
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon S6800
Canon 530 HS
  • $146
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony WX150

Canon 520 HS
Sony WX150
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger pixels
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • More pixels
Nikon S6800
Sony WX150
  • $146
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Nikon S6500

Canon 520 HS
Nikon S6500
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer battery life
  • $187
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More pixels
Nikon S6800
Nikon S6500
  • $146
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $187
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster shutter
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