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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

£164.99
A great value for money and fairly highly rated bridge camera, good for wildlife photography
Bridge 16MP 42x Yes Dec 2015
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Review

Representing excellent value for money and with very good reviews, we have ranked the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS number 57 across all digital cameras.
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Why Has it Scored 76?

It has good expert reviews and very good user reviews with 95% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
At over a year old this digital camera is slightly out of date, and newer digital cameras with more up to date technology are available. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report product quality, excellent design and it is easy to use.
This digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Quite big optical zoom
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution
Very low ISO sensitivity (max)
Heavy

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is very good for wildlife photography, ranking number 33 in wildlife photography cameras. However average for sports photography, ranking number 69 in sports photography cameras as well being mediocre for landscape photography, ranking number 91 in landscape photography cameras.
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How Big is the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS?

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 120mm wide and 91.9mm tall. It is 81.7mm deep and weighs 441g.

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS front dimensions

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS size in context

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

11 experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Expert Reviews and Camera Labs have rated this camera on average 73%.

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User Reviews Are Good

Owners have rated this digital camera on average 82%. Over 83% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Canon Digital Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 35,686 expert and user reviews (including 7,145 verified purchases) for Canon cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent reviews. We also found that Canon has excellent reviews specifically within its digital cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Good Product Quality

Five people who reviewed this digital camera said that it was good quality.

Customers Report Nice Design

Two people who bought it wrote that it was good looking.

Users Report it is Easy to Use

Seven customers reckoned that the product was easy to use.

Customers Report Great Technical Features

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that it had good features.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Five customers who purchased the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS thought it had a good zoom.

Users Report it is a Good Size

Four customers who bought it mentioned that it was compact.

  • This camera is compact.
    Tech-boom.com July 2014
  • None of them would be as compact as this guy…
    Nothingwired.com November 2014
  • Find themselves within the compact camera…
  • The bridge camera sector of the market is one that continues to grow and expand, despite the relative downturn in the rest of the compact camera arena…
  • Very light Portable Battery charges quickly Small body Comes with strap…
  • Also feels cheap and the battery compartment door is loose and feels inadequate…
    JAC (Amazon) - September 2014

Customers Report it is Robust

Two customers who purchased it concluded that it was well made.

Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

Seven people agreed that the product was good value for money.

Customers Report Good Battery Life

Two owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good battery life.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

Eight customers who bought it agreed that it was able to produce good images and five people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution.


Value For Money

Excellent Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and is under 2 years old but has average features. However at £164.99 it is cheaper than 74% of cameras.

Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS and the United Kingdom price of £164.99 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $248.00 (£323.07).

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Features

Average Megapixels

The megapixels of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS of 16MP is pretty average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lowest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS's optical zoom of 42x is fairly big compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 11% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found resolution on digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Average Minimum Aperture Number

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS's minimum aperture number of 3.4 is fairly typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot SX520 HS has an image stabilizer. 77% of digital cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

Across all the digital cameras the ISO sensitivities (max) range from 200 to 820,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 14,000. The ISO sensitivity (max) of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS of only 3,200 is in the lowest 24% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The PowerShot SX520 HS has a built-in flash. 66% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Heavy

The weight of the PowerShot SX520 HS of 441g is fairly heavy compared to most other cameras. It is in the heaviest 23% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The lightest camera is 50g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,010mm is in the longest 4% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Average Digital Zoom

The PowerShot SX520 HS's digital zoom of 4x is pretty typical compared to most other cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Only 210 Battery Life

Most digital cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life, including the PowerShot SX520 HS which takes 210 battery life.

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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the PowerShot SX520 HS of 3" is fairly average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The PowerShot SX520 HS has an orientation sensor, which is unusual. 93% of cameras do not have an orientation sensor.

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Average Image Sensor Size

The PowerShot SX520 HS's image sensor size of 0.435" is relatively typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most other digital cameras, the PowerShot SX520 HS does not have a GPS (satellite). 90% of digital cameras do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Has a Carrying Case

The PowerShot SX520 HS has a carrying case. 89% of digital cameras do not have a carrying case.

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4608 X 3072 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 4608 x 3072 pixels. That's 11% lower still image resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. This camera also supports still image resolutions of 4608 x 2592 pixels, 3456 x 3456 pixels, 3264 x 2448 pixels plus 10 more values. Across all digital cameras the best resolution is 6016 x 4016 pixels and the worst is 384 x 480 pixels.

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Age

Released 20 Months Ago

This camera was released in December 2015.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers info 9544b011aa, canon hw3373
Barcodes 00013803244281, 00138032442816, 00700686603679, 04549292016512, 08714574623368, 08714574625577

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