• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 38.00mm - 132.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon A470 advantages over Nikon S520

  • Less expensive
    $130 vs $230 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    132 mm vs 105 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 180 shots
    Capture more photos

Nikon S520 advantages over Canon A470

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 41 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    115g vs 214g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    154k vs 115k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen

Similarities

Common Strengths

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

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • 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
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Sony DSC-S730

Canon A470
Sony DSC-S730
  • $130
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer exposure
  • $104
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Thinner
Nikon S520
Sony DSC-S730
  • $162
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Lighter weight
  • $104
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Samsung NV30

Canon A470
Samsung NV30
  • $130
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $279
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
Nikon S520
Samsung NV30
  • $162
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $279
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Canon SD1100 IS

Canon A470
Canon SD1100 IS
  • $130
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon S520
Canon SD1100 IS
  • $162
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Panasonic DMC-LS85

Canon A470
Panasonic DMC-LS85
  • $130
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $120
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner
Nikon S520
Panasonic DMC-LS85
  • $162
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
  • $120
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon A490

Canon A470
Canon A490
  • $130
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Nikon S520
Canon A490
  • $162
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
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