Updated (August 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot S120 vs Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot S120 vs Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot S120

67

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S120

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.4 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Macro focus
Great macro
0.0 cm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

Items often bought with the S120 or SX510 HS

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Explore our gallery of 7 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S120.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S120

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the S120's lens captures much more light (1.8 f-stops)
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 461k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S120's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
100×59×29 mm vs 104×70×80 mm
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3.4x smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9.4 fps vs 3.8 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Focus points
More focus points
9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 3.1"
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2.8x thinner
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Weight
Lighter
217 g vs 349 g
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Around 40% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon SX510 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Zoom
More zoom
30x vs 5x
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36x more zoom
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Almost the same
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
250 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$214.99 vs $349.00
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The best price we've seen is $134 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              S1209
              SX510 HS1
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S120230 shots
              SX510 HS250 shots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $329

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $948

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot S120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $344

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Slightly lighter
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $259

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Zoom More zoom
              Focus points More focus points
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Zoom More zoom
              Focus points More focus points
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $168

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Much larger

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