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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

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
Lowest price Cheaper $169.99 vs $234.99
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The best price we've seen is $65 cheaper (around 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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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
              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 - $204

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $200

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $118 - $128

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $206

              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 IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $241

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $249

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              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

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon ELPH 520 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $180

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $169 - $250

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $134 - $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 ELPH 510 HS

              Canon ELPH 510 HS

              Travel zoom

              $168

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

              Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

              Ultra compact

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

              Compact

              $280

              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

              Compact

              $97

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen size Larger screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SD1000

              Canon PowerShot SD1000

              Ultra compact

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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