Canon PowerShot SX520 HS vs Sony DSC-WX220

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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
32x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has an optical zoom of 42x, whereas the Sony DSC-WX220 is only a 10x optical zoom digital camera (32x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Hugely longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 15s maximum shutter speed, but the Sony DSC-WX220 is only a 1s maximum shutter speed digital camera (14s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

A little larger screen size Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 3" screen digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-WX220 is only a 2.7" screen digital camera (0.3" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

200 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a display resolution of 461,000 pixels, but the Sony DSC-WX220 is only a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (200 pixels lower).
9 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-WX220 has a megapixel count of 18.2MP, but the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is only a 16MP digital camera (2.2MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

16x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-WX220 has a digital zoom of 20x, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (16x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Significantly higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-WX220 has a maximum ISO speed of 12,800, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is only a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (9,600 lower).
A lot higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Sony DSC-WX220 has a JPEG frame rate of 50fps, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is only a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (20fps lower).
£10 cheaper
The Sony DSC-WX220 is £9.99 cheaper than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS.
Available from 9 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
More popular
The Sony DSC-WX220 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 15087 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS ranks No. 86839.
Expert reviews are better
The Sony DSC-WX220 has an average expert review score of 81%, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has an average rating of 72% (based on 14 reviews).
User reviews are better
The Sony DSC-WX220 has an average user review score of 89%, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has an average rating of 83% (based on 44 reviews).

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
2.2MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a megapixel count of 16MP, whereas the Sony DSC-WX220 is an 18.2MP digital camera (2.2MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

4x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a digital zoom of 4x, however the Sony DSC-WX220 is a 20x digital zoom digital camera (16x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a maximum ISO speed of 3,200, however the Sony DSC-WX220 is a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera (9,600 higher).
20fps lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a JPEG frame rate of 30fps, but the Sony DSC-WX220 is a 50fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (20fps higher).
£10 more expensive
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is more expensive than the Sony DSC-WX220 by £9.99.
Less retailers
Only 6 sellers sells the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS, whereas 15 sellers sell the Sony DSC-WX220. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Worse selling
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS ranks No. 86839 by sales volume, however the Sony DSC-WX220 ranks No. 15087.
Lower expert review Score
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS's average expert rating is only 72%, however the Sony DSC-WX220's is 81% (based on 8 reviews).
Lower user review Score
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS's average user rating is 83%, however the Sony DSC-WX220's is 89% (based on 165 reviews).
5 Reasons Against
Hugely smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-WX220 has an optical zoom of 10x, but the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 42x optical zoom digital camera (32x bigger). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-WX220 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 1s, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 15s maximum shutter speed digital camera (14s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Smaller screen size Edit
Sony DSC-WX220 is only 2.7" screen, but the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 3" screen digital camera (0.3" larger). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

A little lower display resolution Edit
The Sony DSC-WX220 has a display resolution of 460,800 pixels, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 461,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (200 pixels higher).
Six months older
The Sony DSC-WX220 is older than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS by six months.

Awards

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Expert Reviews: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended

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Date Released

29 months Ago 35 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
BEST
Megapixel Count
16MP 18.2MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 3264 x 2176
 2448 x 2448
 3264 x 1832
 2048 x 1536
 1536 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
BEST
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 3264 x 2176
 2448 x 2448
 3264 x 1832
 2048 x 1536
 1536 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
BEST
 4608 x 3456
Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixel Count
16.8MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
42x
BEST
10x
Digital Zoom
4x 20x
BEST
Maximum Aperture
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
3.4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length
1,008mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.3 - 180.6 4.45 - 44.5
Lens Structure
13/10 9/7
Combined Zoom
168x Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 multi point
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 single
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 multi point
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.05 - ∞
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Auto
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.5 - ∞
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 64
 640
 6400
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 64
 640
 6400
Maximum ISO Speed
3,200 12,800
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
15s
BEST
1s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
Tele Flash Range
1.3 - 3 1.5 - 2.2
Flash Range
0.5 - 5.5 0.2 - 3.7
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 50fps
BEST
Video Format
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
BEST
 1920x1080@30fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 PCM
BEST
 PCM

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC

Display

Screen Size
3"
BEST
2.7"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
461,000 pixels
BEST
460,800 pixels

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Photo Effect
 Antique
 Black&White
 Antique
 Black&White
Self-Timer
2,10 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4+ Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Slideshow
 Slideshow
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Twilight
 Pet
 Food
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Twilight
 Pet
 Food
Display Language
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 105g
Height
81.7mm 52.4mm
Depth
91.9mm 21.6mm
Width
120mm 92.3mm
Weight Including Battery
441g 121g
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 USB
 Battery
 USB
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Size
NB-6LH NP-BN
Maximum Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.75h
Shot Per Battery Charge
210 shots 210 shots

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ImageBrowser EX , CameraWindow, PhotoStitch Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
BEST
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication

Other Features

Video Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video recording
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
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