• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 336.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 130.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 520 HS advantages over Sony TX30

  • Less expensive
    $99 vs $219
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.69 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More telephoto lens reach
    336 mm vs 130 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • 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 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony TX30 advantages over Canon 520 HS

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Fast startup
    ~1.10 vs 2.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 250 vs 190 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • More dots on screen
    1229k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.34 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    18.2 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 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 HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Good image and video quality for a compact waterproof camera; Stylish, pocketable design; Improved ruggedness; Speedy performance including 10 fps continuous shooting at full resolution.

  • Touchscreen unusable and unviewable while submerged; Slim, slick design makes it unwieldy to hold (and difficult to hang onto!) underwater; Poor battery life.

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
Sony TX30
Canon SD4500 IS
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Focus peaking
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony DSC-TX10

Canon 520 HS
Sony DSC-TX10
  • $270
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Fast startup
Sony TX30
Sony DSC-TX10
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch

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
Sony TX30
Canon 510 HS
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Focus peaking
  • $318
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony TX200V

Canon 520 HS
Sony TX200V
  • $270
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Touchscreen
Sony TX30
Sony TX200V
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Shoots 60p video

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
Sony TX30
Canon 530 HS
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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