Canon PowerShot SX520 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
24x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has an optical zoom of 42x, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is only an 18x optical zoom digital camera (24x 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.

12% smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a minimum aperture number of 3.4. That's 0.4 smaller than the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS (3.8).
56% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 1,008mm maximum focal length. That's 558mm longer than the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS (450mm).
1mm shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 24mm, however the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a 25mm minimum focal length digital camera (1mm longer).
96x bigger combined zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a combined zoom of 168x, but the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is only a 72x combined zoom digital camera (96x smaller).
Available from 6 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
User reviews are better
Based on 44 user reviews, the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has an average review score of 83%, however the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS has an average rating of 76% (based on 282 reviews).
5 Reasons For
GPS (satellite) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS has a GPS (satellite), whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS does not have a GPS (satellite). Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

Two times lighter Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS has a weight of 188g, but the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 441g digital camera (253g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

290.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is 290.00, but the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS only takes 210.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Cheaper by £66
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS costs £65.99 less than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS.
Marginally better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is 75% based on 26 reviews, however the average rating of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 72% (based on 14 reviews).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Does not have a GPS (satellite) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS does not have a GPS (satellite), however the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS does. Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

58% heavier Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 441g digital camera. That's 253g heavier than the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS (188g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Eighty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 210.00, but the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS only takes 290.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

£66 more expensive
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is more expensive than the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS by £65.99.
Marginally Lower expert review Score
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS's average expert rating is only 72%, however the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS's is 75% (based on 26 reviews).
8 Reasons Against
24x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is an 18x optical zoom digital camera. That's 24x smaller than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS (18x). 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.

11% larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS has a minimum aperture number of 3.8, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 3.4 minimum aperture digital camera (0.4 smaller).
Significantly shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is only 450mm maximum focal length, but the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 1,008mm maximum focal length digital camera (558mm longer).
Longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 25mm. That's 1mm longer than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS (25mm).
96x smaller combined zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a 72x combined zoom digital camera. That's 96x smaller than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS (72x).
Less retailers
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is only stocked by 1 store, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is stocked by 7 shops. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Older by over one year
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is 17 months older than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS.
User review Rating is Worse
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS's average user score is only 76%, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS's is 83% (based on 44 reviews).

Awards

No awards found 4 Awards
Camera Labs: Recommended
Ephotozine: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

14 months Ago 31 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
BEST
Megapixel
16MP 16MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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
 4608 x 3456
 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
 4608 x 3456
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3456
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixels
16.8MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
BEST
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
42x
BEST
18x
Digital Zoom
4x 4x
Maximum Aperture Number
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
3.4
BEST
3.8
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,008mm
BEST
450mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm
BEST
25mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.3 - 180.6 4.5 - 81
Extra/Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 36x
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
13/10 11/8
Combined Zoom
168x
BEST
72x
Number of Aspheric Elements
Unknown - Click to provide data 2

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 continuous
 Continuous Auto Focus
 single
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 continuous
 Continuous Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.05m
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Unknown - Click to provide data 9
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Auto
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200 3,200
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s 15s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Range (tele)
1.3 - 3 1 - 2
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 5.5 0.5 - 3.5
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
 Flash exposure lock
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 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 Formats Supported
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 PCM
 LC-AAC
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% 100%
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
461,000 pixels 461,000 pixels

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
AV Output
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AV output
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
BEST
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
10x 10x
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
 Orientation sensor
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
Direct Printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Direct printing
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4+ Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
441g 188g
BEST
Height
81.7mm 61mm
Depth
91.9mm 26mm
Width
120mm 103.8mm
Weight (including Battery)
441g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
NB-6LH NB-6LH
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
210 shots 290 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 10 - 90
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac operating systems supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating systems supported

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ImageBrowser EX, CameraWindow, PhotoStitch ImageBrowser EX,CameraWindow, PhotoStitch, Map Utility
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Certificates

Energy Star Certified
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Energy Star certified

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Image Processor
 DIGIC 4+
 DIGIC 4+
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
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