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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 87x54x19 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

Weight
Light-weight
120 g
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Wide angle Significantly better wide angle 28 mm vs 35 mm
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20% better wide angle
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Zoom More zoom 12x vs 3x
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16x more zoom
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Size Smaller 87x54x19 mm vs 86x55x22 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The ELPH 520 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 0.9"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Canon SD1200 IS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the SD1200 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.6 f-stops)
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Weight Lighter 120 g vs 155 g
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More than 20% lighter
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        ELPH 520 HS:87x54x19 mm
        SD1200 IS:86x55x22 mm
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Thickness Thin Help
        ELPH 520 HS:0.7"
        SD1200 IS:0.9"
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        ELPH 520 HS:28 mm
        SD1200 IS:35 mm

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $407

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $225

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $210 - $249

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $279

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier

        Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon ELPH 530 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

        Ultra compact

        $150

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $118 - $129

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $225 - $300

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Much larger
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

        Canon ELPH 320 HS

        Compact

        $170 - $250

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Zoom Less zoom
        Size Larger

        Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $229 - $399

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

        Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

        Compact

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Screen size Larger screen
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Size Slightly larger
        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        $180

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Weight Heavier
        Canon PowerShot SD850 IS

        Canon PowerShot SD850 IS

        Compact

        Macro focus Slightly better macro capability
        Size Larger
        True resolution Lower true resolution
        Canon PowerShot SD1000

        Canon PowerShot SD1000

        Ultra compact

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

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