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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 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 106x61x33 mm
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2.4x smaller
Macro focus 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 $158.95 vs $234.82
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The best price we've seen is $76 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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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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
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              ELPH 520 HS:2.8 fps
              SX260 HS:3.2 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              ELPH 520 HS:190 shots
              SX260 HS:210 shots
              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 Common Weaknesses

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

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $300

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $165

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $204

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $249

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $149 - $179

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $118

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $412

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

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $148

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $130 - $250

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Size Larger

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $280

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $330 - $389

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $252

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $330 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $189 - $199

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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