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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Size Much smaller 87x54x19 mm vs 106x59x33 mm
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2.3x smaller
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 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 Significantly lighter 155 g vs 215 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $109.00 vs $199.00
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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 Slightly longer battery life 210 shots vs 190 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              ELPH 520 HS:Lens
              SX230 HS:Sensor shift, Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              ELPH 520 HS:190 shots
              SX230 HS:210 shots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              ELPH 520 HS:2.8 fps
              SX230 HS:3.2 fps
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 330 HS

              Canon ELPH 330 HS

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $147 - $250

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $186

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $148 - $191

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $175

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $120

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Weight Lighter
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $467 - $502

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $164

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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