Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Manufactured by Canon

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  • Long zoom
  • Zoom framing assist
  • Manual control
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  • Lacks Wi-Fi
  • Touch-screen absent
  • Lacks function for shooting in raw format

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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Review

The market for bridge cameras is ever growing. Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is among those which continue expanding and growing, in spite of an appreciable downturn in compact camera circles. The cameras are shaped like DSLR cameras and size at times, yet find themselves within the sector of compact cameras. This happens due to their sensor-size, which generally is equivalent to that of standard compact cameras. The lens is in addition fixed and not interchangeable.



PowerShot SX520 HS from Canon has 24mm-equivalent lens of wide angle variety, providing impressive reach equivalent to 1000mm at telephoto optic-end. As well, Canon includes ZoomPlus technology on this camera, a digital-zoom type. It boosts range of zoom for up to 84x magnification. It functions by rebuilding pixel-count to same levels of resolution as those captured with optical zoom. The camera may lead one to believe it is a miniature DSLR, owing to its reasonably similar size like Canon EOS 100D. The appreciably large zoom lens might be the cause for this significantly-large size.



Much lighter compared to a DSLR, the camera yet bears sufficient weight to accord it some air of quality. A somewhat chunky grip feels rather comfortable when held, providing a ridge for finger-grip, making it to sit in nice manner. A zoom switch sits atop the grip, necessary for extending lens. This functionality makes it resemble standard compact cameras in usability, as opposed to a DSLR that would normally require zooming via lens itself.



A scrolling dial is present on this grip too, akin to one found on DSLR that may be used for changing different settings, based upon shooting mode selected. In aperture priority for instance, it becomes useful for controlling aperture. Any person familiar with the range of EOS DSLRs by Canon will be quite comfortable here. As well, a mode dial is available that allows for quick shifting in-between different modes of exposure, like automatic, manual or aperture priority. Do check out for Hybrid Auto mode too, which shoots two-second video-clip before pressing shutter release and taking a still image.



The button layout found at the camera-back is quite reminiscent of the DSLR range of Canon cameras. A navigational pad of four ways is available, with each button assigned to a distinct function. The UP function accesses sensitivity (ISO) for instance, whereas left accesses focusing mode, right, flash options and down, display options.



Two buttons lie to the immediate right of thumb-rest, dedicated for recording video as well as exposure compensation. After pressing exposure compensation, one may then utilize scrolling dial at the camera-top for adjusting exposure. It will be needful pressing the button again in order to resume ability of changing speed of shutter or aperture with dial.



To ensure switching rapidly to common settings, press function button located at centre of four-way navigational pad to obtain diverse settings. These include aspect ratio, metering and white balance, which depends upon the selected mode of shooting.

  • The Good :
    Long zoom, Zoom framing assist, Manual control
  • The Bad :
    Lacks Wi-Fi, Touch-screen absent, Lacks function for shooting in raw format
Our score:
4 / 5

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  • The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is manufactured by Canon and was added in December 2014 in the Digital Cameras section
  • This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5

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