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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
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Size
Really small
Super compact 86x55x22 mm
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
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $149.99 vs $229.99
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The best price we've seen is $80 cheaper (more than 30% 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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recommendations

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 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 PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $203

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $175

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $586

              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 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              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

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $185

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $259

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

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159 - $250

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $291 - $320

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $292 - $300

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Much larger
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

              Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

              Compact

              $179

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen size Larger screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $339 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $107

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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