• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 336.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 125.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 520 HS advantages over Samsung ST72

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.69 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More telephoto lens reach
    336 mm vs 125 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Samsung ST72 advantages over Canon 520 HS

  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.5 vs f/3.4
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Lighter weight
    108g vs 155g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm JZ300

Canon 520 HS
Fujifilm JZ300
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More pixels
Samsung ST72
Fujifilm JZ300
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SD4500 IS

Canon 520 HS
Canon SD4500 IS
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
Samsung ST72
Canon SD4500 IS
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm T200

Canon 520 HS
Fujifilm T200
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
Samsung ST72
Fujifilm T200
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Samsung DV300F

Canon 520 HS
Samsung DV300F
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Samsung ST72
Samsung DV300F
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Samsung ST150F

Canon 520 HS
Samsung ST150F
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Tiltable Screen
Samsung ST72
Samsung ST150F
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
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