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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1543 reviews of Canon PowerShot SX520 HS. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the image quality and performance. The zoom and price are also mentioned favorably. The storage and memory get less positive reviews. The exposure and shutter get mixed opinions.

usability, price, zoom, performance, image quality

viewfinder, energy, memory, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX520 HS from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The zoom and price are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the flash and size.

usability, price, zoom, portability, design

durability, lens, size, flash

83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera - (16MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCDCanon PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera - (16MP, 42x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 699 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX520 HS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and performance. The zoom and price also get good views, whereas reviews about the energy efficiency and screen are different. Many are critical about the flash and storage.

usability, price, zoom, performance, image quality

viewfinder, shutter, memory, storage, flash

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot SX520 16Digital Camera with 42x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black)Canon PowerShot SX520 16Digital Camera with 42x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black)

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX520 HS from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Opinions about the price and performance are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated.

zoom, usability, image quality, performance, price

89% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot SX520 HS 16MP Digital Camera with 42x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch TFT LCD - BlackCanon PowerShot SX520 HS 16MP Digital Camera with 42x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch TFT LCD - Black

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

Canon PowerShot digital cameras

 

Canon PowerShot digital compact cameras : Canon is proud to introduce two new lightweight bridge cameras, the PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS. Boasting 42x and 30x optical zooms, both PowerShot cameras incorporate Canon's leading optical...

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS compact camera will be available from August 2014 for 299 Euro. The Canon PowerShot SX400 IS superzoom camera will be available in September 2014 for €219 Euro. Retail prices vary from country to country. Availability of...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën (letsgodigital.org)

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

 

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera : The PowerShot SX520 HS is the latest super-zoom camera from Canon. It is designed to give users the versatility and telephoto reach they need to capture subjects from far distances, the new PowerShot camera is...

In Europe the camera will be available in August 2014 for an estimated retail price of €359 / £299. In the USA the camera will retail in September 2014 for an estimated retail price of $399.99. As soon as we receive a test sample, we will put this...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Review

 

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a new super-zoom camera. Incorporating a 42x otical zoom with optical image stabilisation, a 16-megapixel CMOS imager, and a dedicated movie button that enables users to easily record 1080p Full HD videos, the PowerShot...

Cramming a big 42x optical zoom into a compact body with a small-ish sensor is never going to make for the best of bedfellows if the ultimate in image quality is your aim, but we’d argue the 16 megapixel Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is more about...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Mike Tomkins (imaging-resource.com)

Canon SX520 HS Review

 

Canon seems to have hit a sweet spot with its SX500-series long-zoom digital cameras. Both the original Canon SX500 HS and followup SX510 were big sellers, thanks to the combinatioon of generous zoom reach and an affordable pricetag. Now, the...

It will be interesting to see whether this new formula -- essentially, more zoom for more money -- pays off for Canon quite as well as did the previous strategy!

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : pallabhazarika (nothingwired.com)

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Review: Full In-depth Hands-on

 

Last month Canon unveiled the newest member of their SX series the Canon Powershot SX520 HS. The camera features Canon's ZoomPlus technology and promises to capture sharp images of distant moving objects. To find out more check out our Canon Powershot...

Canon SX520 HS would be a delight for those who are in search for a budget compact camera with maximum possible reach. You can buy cameras with better 50X or even 60X zoom but none of them would be as compact as this guy. We highly recommend this...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Ken McMahon (cameralabs.com)

Canon SX520 HS review

 

The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a compact bridge style super-zoom with a 42x optically stabilized lens and a 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Launched in July 2014 it's an update to the PowerShot SX510 HS launched a year earlier. The new PowerShot SX520 HS...

42x zoom lens ; 2nd control dial ; Framing Assist buttons for zoom location and stabilization

No electronic viewfinder ; No built-in Wifi ; No super slow motion video ; Lacks customization options

The PowerShot SX520 HS is numerically the model ahead of last year's SX510 HS, but Canon's made a number of decisions that make it feel quite different overall. One of the SX510's big selling points was its compactness, which Canon has sacrificed to a...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS camera

 

This camera packs a 24-1008mm zoom lens for serious close-ups

42x optical zoom lens ; Simple operation and clean layout

No electronic viewfinder ; LCD screen lacks a hinge

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Amy Davies (techradar.com)

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS review

 

42x optical zoom available with Digic 4+ processor

Long zoom ; Manual control ; Zoom Framing Assist

No Wi-Fi ; No touchscreen ; No raw format shooting

A good performer and all-round flexible camera for those looking for a holiday, travel or family camera.

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS camera

 

This camera packs a 24-1008mm zoom lens for serious close-ups

42x optical zoom lens ; Simple operation and clean layout

No electronic viewfinder ; LCD screen lacks a hinge

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (expertreviews.co.uk)

Canon SX520 HS review

 

Some interesting features, but the Canon SX520 HS is outdone by rivals for quality and value

Sep, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:PCM
Built-in Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):210
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NB-6LH
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery / Battery, USB

Camera

Built-in processor:DIGIC 4+
Camera file system:DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram: Yes
Image processor:DIGIC 4+
Languages support:Multi
Orientation sensor: Yes
Playback zoom:10
Playback zoom (max):10
Self-timer:2, 10 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:2,10
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black
Energy Star certified:N

Display

Display:TFT
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):461000
Field of view:100

Flash

Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/3 EV step)
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):51.2 - 118.1
Flash range (wide):19.7 - 216.5

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Auto, Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Face detection, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus
Focus:TTL

Lens System

Combined zoom:168
Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.169 - 7.11
Lens structure:13/10
Lens structure (elements/groups):13/10
Maximum aperture number:6
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):39.7
Minimum aperture number:3.4
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.945
Optical Zoom:42

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):3200
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:ImageBrowser EX , CameraWindow, PhotoStitch / ImageBrowser EX, CameraWindow, PhotoStitch
Carrying case: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Bridge camera
Image formats supported:JPG
Image Sensor Size:1/2.3
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:4608 x 3456
Megapixel:16
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):3264 x 2448, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480, 4608 x 2592, 3264 x 1832, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360, 4608 x 3072, 3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1368, 640 x 424, 3456 x 3456, 2448 x 2448, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480 / 3264 x 2448, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480, 4608 x 2592, \n3264 x 1832, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360, 4608 x 3072, \n3264 x 2176, 2048 x 1368, 640 x 424, 3456 x 3456, \n2448 x 2448, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480
Total megapixels:16.8

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Mini
PictBridge: Yes

Shutter

Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2000
Slowest camera shutter speed:15

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 8.1 x64

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Resolution at capture speed:1280×720@30fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 640x480@30fps / 1280×720@30fps, 640x480@30fps
Video compression format:AVC, H.264, MOV, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVC,H.264,MOV,MPEG4
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480, 1280 x 720 / 640 x 480, 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.62
Height:3.22
Weight:15.6
Weight (including battery):15.6
Width:4.72