Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot S200 vs Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot S120 vs Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

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Canon PowerShot S120

78

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S120

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
922k dots
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Macro focus
Great macro
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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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S120's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size
Smaller
100x59x29 mm vs 104x70x80 mm
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3.4x smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.4 fps vs 3.8 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 3.1"
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2.8x thinner
Weight
Lighter
217 g vs 349 g
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Around 40% lighter
Focus points
More focus points
9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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 cm vs 3 cm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$209.00 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $190 cheaper (around 50% less)
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
250 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S1201080p @ 60fps
              SX510 HS1080p @ 24fps
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $403

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $283 - $398

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon PowerShot S120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $199

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $649

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $219

              Zoom More zoom
              Focus points More focus points
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $276

              Focus points More focus points
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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