Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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Canon ELPH 520 HS

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

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

Items often bought with the SX230 HS or ELPH 520 HS

galleries

Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 520 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Size
Much smaller
87×54×19 mm vs 106×59×33 mm
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2.3x smaller
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Thickness
Much thinner
0.7" vs 1.3"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight
Lighter
155 g vs 215 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$159.99 vs $229.99
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the SX230 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
14x vs 12x
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Around 40% more zoom
Battery life
Longer battery life
210 shots vs 190 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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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 Full HD (1080p) video Help
              ELPH 520 HS1080p @ 24fps
              SX230 HS1080p @ 30fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              ELPH 520 HS
              1. Lens
              SX230 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              ELPH 520 HS1/4000s
              SX230 HS1/3200s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              ELPH 520 HS190 shots
              SX230 HS210 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              ELPH 520 HS2.8 fps
              SX230 HS3.2 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              ELPH 520 HS12x
              SX230 HS14x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $337

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              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

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205 - $249

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              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

              $166

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

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $352

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $400

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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