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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera

$190.00
Bridge Camera 16MP 42x Dec 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Expert reviews are average
Nice design
Average screen quality
58 Reviews
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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on ten expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Expert Reviews and Camera Labs the average expert rating of this medium megapixel camera is 72 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

People who bought this medium megapixel camera rated this digital camera 83 out of 100 on average. 23 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Canon Has Excellent Camera Reviews

Based on 34,085 expert and user reviews (including 1,378 verified purchases), Canon has excellent ratings for its cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Nice Design

Six owners who purchased the product thought it was good looking. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ wrote “These cameras are DSLR style in shape and sometimes size.” . Techradar.com/au/ also said “It's good to see Canon updating the 510HS as it's been a while, however, arguably the company has played it pretty safe here” in their review. Flamingorun42 scored the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Easy to use and takes beautiful photos”.

One customer concluded that it was well designed. One customer considered that this digital camera was neat.

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Manual Control

Twelve owners who purchased the product mentioned that it was easy to use. Two years ago Good Gear Guide.com.au rated the product 75 out of 100 and wrote “Manual control” in their Canon PowerShot SX520 HS review. Allstr8talk wrote in their review of this digital camera “I think I'll feel more capable after using the camera for a while” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. In April last year Robert scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “The features are fabulous and after a little play, also easy to use”.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Robert mentioned on Amazon “Very nice to hold”. One owner reckoned that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Three years ago D Deacon rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “IQ is good at low ISO settings”.

One customer who purchased it mentioned that it was easy to setup. Three years ago Flickering Ember mentioned “I found it easy to set up, although the instruction manual was basic” in their review of this digital camera.

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Decent Image Quality

Nine customers said in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS was good quality. Two years ago Good Gear Guide.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Decent image quality”. Last year Robert said on Amazon “Great quality and fantastic zoom” in his review of this digital camera. Hchase said in their review of this digital camera on Walmart.com “The quality is excellent” and scored it 4 stars out of 5.

Two people said that this digital camera was inferior quality. Two years ago Fluffy Socks wrote “Bad quality images not matter what the settingISO no goodBody too small for such a large lens therefore warping the imagesFeels very cheap” in their review of this digital camera yet they only scored it 1 stars out of 5.

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Fast, Reliable Performance

Three people thought the product was well made. Deedlln mentioned “I edit just about every picture I take and the built in features help a lot, especially cropping”. 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 wrote “Has a really impressive build quality”.

One owner who bought the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS thought it was reliable. Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote “Fast, reliable performance”. One customer who bought the product reckoned that it was strong and durable. Flickering Ember wrote on Amazon “It's sturdy and the ergonomic design provides an easy” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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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 a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. This Canon camera also 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 of a comparable type and age to this digital camera the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 3840 x 2160 pixels.

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Good Video Capture

Two people mentioned in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS was good for video recording. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “A dedicated movie button that enables users to easily record 1080p Full HD videos”.

Long Zoom

Sixteen customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good zoom. Good Gear Guide.com.au said “42x optical zoom” . Good Gear Guide.com.au also mentioned “Zoom ottico 42x, buon grandangolo 24mm, autofocus abbastanza veloce e preciso, modalit macro a 0 cm", prezzo interessante per una superzoom” in their review. Good Gear Guide.com.au also said “Zoom Framing Assist” in their review.

Three people agreed that this digital camera had a good lens. D Deacon mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Overall this camera's claim to fame is that it offers a long lens at a cheap price” . Amazon Customer wrote “Its much easier to grab this camera and take a quick snap than to choose the correct lens for your SLR” . Jack Percival he said in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS on Amazon “On the shooting itself the 16MP combined with decent sized sensor and lens produces nice”.

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Allstr8talk wrote on Walmart.com “It complicates framing and focusing, especially in bright sunlight” in their review of this digital camera. One customer concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Video performance is excellent and this is where the image stabilization really works well”.

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Decent Image Quality

Seventeen owners mentioned in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS was able to produce good images. Walmart.com mentioned “Bright picture with good contrast”. Nothingwired.com wrote three years ago “The camera features Canon's ZoomPlus technology and promises to capture sharp images of distant moving objects” . Angieinmd mentioned “The quality of the pictures is much better than my last camera”.

Five owners considered that it had a good picture resolution. D Deacon said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “As you use the camera, you can explore these and find out best what suits your shooting style” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. D Deacon also wrote “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. Jack Percival mentioned in his review of this digital camera “The zoom provided is useful and when combined with the steady shooting functions can get some really great close ups” but he only gave the product a score of 3 stars out of 5.

One person who purchased the product considered that it had a good ISO range. One person said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor.

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Average Screen Quality

Four people said in their reviews that this digital camera did not have a good screen. Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “Average screen quality” in their Canon PowerShot SX520 HS review. Good Gear Guide.com.au also wrote “LCD screen lacks a hinge” in their review. Expertreviews.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Expert Reviews “The 3in screen isn't articulated”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it did not have a good viewfinder. Good Gear Guide.com.au said two years ago “No electronic viewfinder”. One person reckoned that it did not have an electronic viewfinder.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two people who bought it concluded that it was noisy. Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “Good noise reduction and focusing speed” and gave it a score of 75 out of 100. D Deacon mentioned on Amazon “Beyond that things get rapidly noisy and blotchy” in their review of this digital camera.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a built-in microphone. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than a year ago also have a built-in microphone.

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Good Noise Reduction and Focusing Speed

Two people who bought it concluded that it was noisy. Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “Good noise reduction and focusing speed” and gave it a score of 75 out of 100.

D Deacon mentioned on Amazon “Beyond that things get rapidly noisy and blotchy” in their review of this digital camera.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PowerShot SX520 HS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to consider including the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS ($157.00) which is cheaper; or the Nikon D3100 ($299.00) which has better reviews.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Fujifilm S9900W ($375.10).

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot SX520 HS has an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including a cheaper digital camera such as the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS ($157.00) or you might consider a higher rated digital camera such as the Coolpix P530 ($240.00), or the D3100 ($299.00) both 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 digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has a 4608 x 3072 still image resolution(s), whereas most medium megapixel digital cameras that were released one year ago have a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s). This Canon 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 digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 480 and the best is 4608 x 3456.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The PowerShot SX520 HS has one of the bigger optical zooms (42 times zoom factor) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The optical zooms of cameras that came out around the same time as this camera range from 1x to 83x, and the average optical zoom is 26x.

There are a number of other 42x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P530 ($240.00).

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Fujifilm S9900W ($375.10) (50x).

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,008 millimeter, the PowerShot SX520 HS has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 51mm and 2,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 580mm.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX520 HS has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix P530 ($240.00) which has better reviews; or the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS ($157.00) which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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Features

Truckload of Features

Eight customers who reviewed it concluded that it had good features. Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote two years ago “Truckload of features” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS. Three years ago Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Ephotozine “The extensive manual options and DSLR-like control wheel are welcome features”. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Expert Reviews “Some interesting features.”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Three people who purchased it concluded that it had a good battery life. Jac mentioned on Amazon “Also feels cheap and the battery compartment door is loose”. Alpacasso Queen mentioned on Amazon two years ago “Very light Portable Battery charges quickly Small body Comes with strap” in their review of this digital camera. D Deacon wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It arrives in a typical Canon box all neatly wrapped with a battery, charger, strap”.


Camera

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. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The PowerShot SX520 HS does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a carrying case, as do 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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Has a Batteries Included

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a batteries included, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

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

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Has an HDMI

The PowerShot SX520 HS has an HDMI, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than a year.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

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

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Support

Good Support

Six owners mentioned in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Anne she said on Walmart.com two years ago “Would be perfect if it had come with some sort of quick use guide to flip through”. D Deacon said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon three years ago “It's a very short affair indeed; however there's a full manual available on Canon's site”.


Weight & Dimensions

Relatively Compact

Eight owners who purchased it considered that it was compact. Good Gear Guide.com.au scored it 75 out of 100 and wrote “Relatively compact” in their review of this digital camera. Cameralabs.com gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Camera Labs “The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a compact bridge style super-zoom with a 42x optically stabilized lens”. Expert review site Nothingwired.com wrote three years ago “None of them would be as compact as this guy”.

Two people who purchased it mentioned that it was a good body shape. Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “Compacte en lichte body”.

Two customers thought the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS was heavy and bulky. Three years ago Jac wrote on Amazon “Far too heavy and bulky compared with the Canon SX500 or 510” in their review of this digital camera although they only gave it a score of 20 out of 100. Mrs C Wildin mentioned on Amazon “It seems quite heavy compared to my Nikon compact, tricky for me to hold still at full zoom” in her review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.

One customer who purchased the product concluded that it was lightweight. Mrs. J. L. Wood wrote “Yes lightweight and I do miss the eye-piece” although they scored it 1 stars out of 5.

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Average Weight

The PowerShot SX520 HS has a fairly average weight (441 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS ($157.00) (313g and cheaper).

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Smart TV

GPS or WiFi

One owner who purchased the product thought it did not have gps. Two years ago Good Gear Guide.com.au said “GPS or WiFi” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.


Battery

Only 210 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras of this age and spec take between 190 and 749 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS which takes 210 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Price

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

This Canon digital camera was released in April 2017.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think the Nikon Coolpix P530 ($240.00) which has better reviews; or the Canon PowerShot SX400 IS ($157.00) which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013803244281, 00138032442816, 00700686603679, 04549292016512, 08714574623368, 08714574625577

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