Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS vs Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

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Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Really small
Size
Ultra compact (87×54×19 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Weight
Light-weight
120 g
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
Size
Really small
Super compact (86×55×22 mm)

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 SD1200 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Wide angle
Much 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
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Size
Smaller
87×54×19 mm vs 86×55×22 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$109.99 vs $329.99
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The best price we've seen is $220 cheaper (3x less)
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              ELPH 520 HS87×54×19 mm
              SD1200 IS86×55×22 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              ELPH 520 HS0.7"
              SD1200 IS0.9"
              Weight Light weight Help
              ELPH 520 HS155 g
              SD1200 IS120 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              ELPH 520 HS3,200 ISO
              SD1200 IS1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              ELPH 520 HS28 mm
              SD1200 IS35 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $240

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $119

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $174

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $583

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Larger
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Canon ELPH 510 HS

              Canon ELPH 510 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175 - $250

              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 SD1200 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

              Compact

              $220

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Larger screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $173

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Ultra compact

              $225

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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