Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

70

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Canon ELPH 520 HS

55

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
155 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Size
Much smaller
87x54x19 mm vs 106x61x33 mm
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2.4x 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
Significantly thinner
0.7" vs 1.3"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
155 g vs 231 g
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More than 30% lighter
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the ELPH 520 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Lowest price
Cheaper
$149.99 vs $279.95
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The best price we've seen is $130 cheaper (around 50% 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 SX260 HS

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 12x
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Around 3x more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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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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
              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
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              ELPH 520 HS:1/4000s
              SX260 HS:1/3200s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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
              SX260 HS:210 shots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              ELPH 520 HS:2.8 fps
              SX260 HS:3.2 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              ELPH 520 HS:f/3.4
              SX260 HS:f/3.5

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $237 - $360

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $152 - $289

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $229 - $400

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159 - $250

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $569

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Larger
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $325

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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