Updated (September 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Canon PowerShot S110

Canon Powershot S100 vs Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

62

Canon ELPH 520 HS

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.6 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Size
Really small
Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
155 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 520 HS.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Size
Significantly smaller
87×54×19 mm vs 99×60×28 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom
More zoom
12x vs 5x
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Around 6x more zoom
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.7" vs 1.1"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
155 g vs 198 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$149.99 vs $329.99
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The best price we've seen is $180 cheaper (2.2x less)
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9.6 fps vs 2.8 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
200 shots vs 190 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 24fps
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              ELPH 520 HS190 shots
              S100200 shots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $167

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $223

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $585

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Larger
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $971

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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