• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 336.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 2/3 inch 58.1mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 520 HS advantages over Fujifilm X20

  • Less expensive
    $99 vs $499
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    336 mm vs 112 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    19 mm vs 56 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    155g vs 361g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Fujifilm X20 advantages over Canon 520 HS

  • Slower slow-motion
    250 fps vs 240 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    2/3 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.20 vs 1.69 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.0 vs f/3.4
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 270 vs 190 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    12.0 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 2.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 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
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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
  • 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.

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
Fujifilm X20
Canon SD4500 IS
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
  • $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
Fujifilm X20
Canon 510 HS
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
  • $318
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Fujifilm X10

Canon 520 HS
Fujifilm X10
  • $270
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $339
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Fujifilm X20
Fujifilm X10
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $339
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive

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
Fujifilm X20
Canon 530 HS
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Fujifilm X30

Canon 520 HS
Fujifilm X30
  • $270
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Fujifilm X20
Fujifilm X30
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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