• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 336.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 224.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 520 HS advantages over Canon N

  • Less expensive
    $99 vs $129
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    336 mm vs 224 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    19 mm vs 29 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.8 fps vs 2.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon N advantages over Canon 520 HS

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More pixels
    12.1 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
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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.

  • Head-turning (funky, but cool) design and solid build; 8x optical zoom lens with 28-224m-equivalent reach; Built-in Wi-Fi for easy image sharing (Facebook Ready version posts directly to the social site); Full HD 1080p video at 24fps.

  • Unintuitive (almost clumsy) physical controls; Inconsistent exposure and decision-making in Auto mode; Image quality not that much better than good smartphone cameras; Poor battery life (just 200 shots); Only uses microSD cards; Weak LED flash.

The Competition

Compared to Canon SD4500 IS

Canon 520 HS
Canon SD4500 IS
  • $270
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
Canon N
Canon SD4500 IS
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon 510 HS

Canon 520 HS
Canon 510 HS
  • $270
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • $318
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More pixels
Canon N
Canon 510 HS
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $318
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon 530 HS

Canon 520 HS
Canon 530 HS
  • $270
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon N
Canon 530 HS
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon A4000 IS

Canon 520 HS
Canon A4000 IS
  • $270
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
Canon N
Canon A4000 IS
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon 330 HS

Canon 520 HS
Canon 330 HS
  • $270
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More pixels
Canon N
Canon 330 HS
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • HDMI out
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