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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
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
155 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Size
Really small
Super compact 86x55x22 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
Weight
Light-weight
120 g
 
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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
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
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
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
        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 ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $149

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $235 - $300

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon ELPH 310 HS

        Canon ELPH 310 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $369

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

        Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

        Ultra compact

        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $214

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $130

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $299 - $350

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $108 - $138

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon ELPH 530 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

        Ultra compact

        $175

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $241

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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $148

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

        Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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
        Nikon Coolpix P340

        Nikon Coolpix P340

        Pro digicam

        $347

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

        Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

        Compact

        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        True resolution Lower true resolution
        Canon PowerShot SD990 IS

        Canon PowerShot SD990 IS

        Compact

        $930

        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Sensor size Larger sensor
        Size Significantly larger
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Placeholder

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

        Compact

        Sensor size Larger sensor
        Longest exposure Longer exposures
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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