Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS vs Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

Winner
Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
Really small
Size
Ultra compact 87x54x19 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

Weight
Light-weight
120 g
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
Size
Really small
Super compact 86x55x22 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.9"

differences

Advantages of the Canon ELPH 520 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
28 mm vs 35 mm
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20% better wide angle
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
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
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
87x54x19 mm vs 86x55x22 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 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$149.99 vs $289.95
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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 HS:87x54x19 mm
              SD1200 IS:86x55x22 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              ELPH 520 HS:0.7"
              SD1200 IS:0.9"
              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
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              ELPH 520 HS:28 mm
              SD1200 IS:35 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $571

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $166

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot 350

              Canon PowerShot 350

              Digicam

              $209 - $210

              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

              Ultra compact

              $398

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

              Compact

              $219

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen size Larger screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3

              Travel zoom

              $699

              Zoom More zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

              Compact

              $280

              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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