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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera

£164.99
Bridge Camera 16MP 42x Dec 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Average expert reviews
Nice design
Average screen quality
76 Reviews
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Reviews

Average Expert Reviews

Based on ten expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Expert Reviews and Camera Labs this medium megapixel digital camera has an average expert rating of 72 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Good

Based on 66 user reviews this medium megapixel digital camera has an average user rating of 83%. 23 reviewers (86% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Canon Digital Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 34,684 expert and user reviews (including 1,369 verified purchases), Canon has excellent reviews for its cameras. Canon also has excellent reviews specifically within its medium megapixel cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Reasonably Priced

Seven people who purchased the product thought it was good value for money. Rata said “Excellent price and fixtures well worth the money”. D Deacon mentioned “Overall this camera's claim to fame is that it offers a long lens at a cheap price”. They also said “Taken together it offers a usable set of features for straightforward shooting of all types in one package at a good price” in their review.


Design

Nice Design

Two people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was good looking. Flamingorun42 mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS “Easy to use and takes beautiful photos”. Flickering Ember gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on expert website Amazon three years ago “It's a pretty good camera for the price” in their review of this digital camera.

Manual Control

Eight customers agreed that this digital camera was easy to use. Website Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote two years ago “Manual control”. Last year Robert mentioned in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS on expert review site Amazon “The features are fabulous and after a little play, also easy to use”. Bmarin said “So much more simple to use” in their review of this digital camera.

Decent Image Quality

Six people who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. Website Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “Decent image quality” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Robert gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote on expert website Amazon “Great quality and fantastic zoom” in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS. Hchase said in their review of this digital camera “The quality is excellent” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.

Robust

Two owners said in their reviews that it was well made. D Deacon wrote “The IS is okay and needed for zoomed images - mind a tripod is best for these or a wall or something solid when outside” in their review of this digital camera. Reviewerforyou said on expert website Amazon “Has a really impressive build quality” and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5.


Power

Good Battery Life

Three owners concluded that this digital camera had a good battery life. Alpacasso Queen wrote on expert review site Amazon “Very light Portable Battery charges quickly Small body Comes with strap”. D Deacon said “It arrives in a typical Canon box all neatly wrapped with a battery, charger, strap” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Jac mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “Also feels cheap and the battery compartment door is loose” although they only rated it 20 out of 100.


Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was December 2015 when this Canon camera was released.


Features

Truckload of Features

Four owners wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Two years ago website Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “Truckload of features”. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert website Expert Reviews three years ago “Some interesting features.” nonetheless they only gave it a score of 60 out of 100.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The PowerShot SX520 HS supports video recording. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The PowerShot SX520 HS supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Canon digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. 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. Across all digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 3840 x 2160 pixels (best).

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Average Screen Quality

Two customers who bought the product reckoned that it did not have a good screen. Website Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “Average screen quality”. Allstr8talk wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Walmart.com two years ago “Probably the biggest negative factor for me is the difficulty seeing the LED screen in sunlight” but they gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it did not have a good viewfinder. Website Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “No electronic viewfinder”.

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Long Zoom

Eight people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Website Good Gear Guide.com.au said “Long zoom”. They also wrote “Framing Assist buttons for zoom location and stabilization” in their review. And also mentioned “Zoom Framing Assist”.

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good autofocus. Allstr8talk gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website Walmart.com “It complicates framing and focusing, especially in bright sunlight”.

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Decent Image Quality

Ten owners who bought it agreed that it was able to produce good images. Website Walmart.com mentioned “Bright picture with good contrast”. Hchase wrote “The zoom is great and it takes wonderful photos of the outdoors” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS and scored it 80 out of 100. They also said “Highly recommended for amateur photographers who like to take outdoor photos” in their review.

Five customers who purchased it wrote that it had a good picture resolution. D Deacon said on expert review site Amazon three years ago “As you use the camera, you can explore these and find out best what suits your shooting style” in their review of this digital camera. Jack Percival wrote in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon also three years ago “This makes it reasonably easy to get started while also giving flexibility to do more advanced shooting - though not changing the lens” however he only gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5. He also mentioned “An annoyance for a camera of this size even if for just shooting in bright sunlight” in his review.

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Audio

Good Noise Reduction and Focusing Speed

Two owners said in their reviews that the product was noisy. Website Good Gear Guide.com.au said in their Canon PowerShot SX520 HS review “Good noise reduction and focusing speed” and scored it 75 out of 100.

D Deacon rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Amazon three years ago “Beyond that things get rapidly noisy and blotchy”.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Two owners said in their reviews that the product was noisy. Website Good Gear Guide.com.au said in their Canon PowerShot SX520 HS review “Good noise reduction and focusing speed” and scored it 75 out of 100. D Deacon rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Amazon three years ago “Beyond that things get rapidly noisy and blotchy”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The PowerShot SX520 HS has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the PowerShot SX520 HS has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen cameras currently available including the Coolpix S9600 (£190), or the Coolpix P530 (£163.99) both from Nikon and both of which have better reviews; or the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS (£133.09) which is cheaper.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a built-in flash. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the D3100 (£188.99), or the Coolpix S9600 (£190) both from Nikon which and both of have better reviews.

Alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm S9900W (£194.48).

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a pretty typical weight (441 grams) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS (£133.09) (313g) which is also cheaper.

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Relatively Compact

Four people said in their reviews that it was compact. Two years ago website Good Gear Guide.com.au gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Relatively compact” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Techradar.com wrote “Find themselves within the compact camera”. Expert review site Nothingwired.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “None of them would be as compact as this guy”.


Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

At 42 times zoom factor, the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than a year ago. The smallest optical zoom of medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 1x and the biggest is 83x.

Other 42x optical zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of its better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P530 (£163.99).

If this digital camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Fujifilm S9900W (£194.48) (50x).

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Average Digital Zoom

The PowerShot SX520 HS has a fairly standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than a year.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS (£133.09) which is cheaper; or the Coolpix S9600 (£190), or the Coolpix P530 (£163.99) both from Nikon and both of which have better reviews.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the digital cameras that were released more than a year ago the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 51mm to 2,000mm. The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (1,008 millimeter) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The PowerShot SX520 HS does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has an orientation sensor, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Features Histogram

The PowerShot SX520 HS features histogram, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot SX520 HS has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras that were released more than a year ago also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of their better review scores, the Coolpix P530 (£163.99), the D3100 (£188.99), or the Coolpix S9600 (£190) all from Nikon.

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4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution

The PowerShot SX520 HS has a higher still image resolution than most medium megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Canon camera has a 4608 x 3072 still image resolution(s), whereas most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s) of 3264 x 2448, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480, 4608 x 2592, 3264 x 1832, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1368, 640 x 424, 3456 x 3456, 2448 x 2448 and 1536 x 1536 and 480 x 480. Across all medium megapixel cameras that came out more than a year ago the best still image resolution is 4608 x 3456 and the worst is 640 x 480.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 16MP cameras currently available including a cheaper digital camera such as the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS (£133.09) or you might consider a better rated digital camera such as the Nikon Coolpix S9600 (£190).

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Fujifilm S9900W (£194.48) (16.2MP).

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Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The PowerShot SX520 HS has a carrying case, as do most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Has a Batteries Included

The PowerShot SX520 HS has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The PowerShot SX520 HS has an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS supports PictBridge. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also support PictBridge.

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Battery

Only 210 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera take between 190 and 749 battery life (CIPA standard), including the PowerShot SX520 HS which takes 210 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The PowerShot SX520 HS has a greater number of ISO speeds than most medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and Auto are also supported by this Canon digital camera.

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Product Identifiers

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

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Review Sources

To prepare this Canon PowerShot SX520 HS review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,945 product attributes, 170,936 digital camera reviews and 3,219,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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