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Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Canon Powershot SX500 IS

Canon Powershot SX160 IS

Canon Powershot SX260 HS

Canon Powershot ELPH 520 HS

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Type / Size Ultra Zoom (Large)Ultra Zoom (Large)Travel Zoom (Compact)Travel Zoom (Compact)Ultra Compact
Sensor 12 Megapixels CMOS16 Megapixels CCD16 Megapixels CCD12 Megapixels CMOS10 Megapixels CMOS
Sensor Area 1/2.3" Sensor1/2.3" Sensor1/2.3" Sensor1/2.3" Sensor1/3" Sensor
Sensor Size 7.7mm Diagonal (6X FLM)7.7mm Diagonal (6X FLM)7.7mm Diagonal (6X FLM)7.7mm Diagonal (6X FLM)6.2mm Diagonal (7X FLM)
Sensor Aspect 4:3 Aspect-Ratio4:3 Aspect-Ratio4:3 Aspect-Ratio4:3 Aspect-Ratio4:3 Aspect-Ratio
Anti-Alias Filter YesYesYesYesYes
Stabilization Built-InBuilt-InBuilt-InBuilt-InBuilt-In
Dust-Reduction N / AN / AN / AN / AN / A
Sensitivity ISO 80 - 6400ISO 80 - 800ISO 80 - 800ISO 100 - 3200ISO 100 - 3200
Shutter-Speed 1/2000 - 15s1/1600 - 15s1/3200 - 15s1/3200 - 15s1/4000 - 15s
Lens / Mount 24 - 1200mm F/3.4 - 6.5 / 8 (50X)24 - 720mm F/3.4 - 5.8 / 8 (30X)28 - 448mm F/3.5 - 5.9 / 8 (16X)25 - 500mm F/3.5 - 6.8 / 8 (20X)28 - 336mm F/3.4 - 5.6 / 8 (12X)
FLM / Crop 5.6X5.6X5.6X5.6X7X
Minimum Focus 0 (w) / 1.3m (t)0 (w) / 1.4m (t)1cm (w) / 60cm (t)5cm (w) / 1m (t)1cm (w) / 1m (t)
Zoom Mechanism ElectronicElectronicElectronicElectronicElectronic
Manual Focus ElectronicElectronicElectronicElectronicN / A
Filter Diameter 49mmN / AN / AN / AN / A
Focus System Contrast-Detect *Manual Focus Bracketing, 3 frames, 3 step sizes.
9-point Contrast-Detect
Viewfinder Type Built-in EVFNoneNoneNoneNone
Viewfinder Size 200K Pixels 100% Coverage
Display Position RotatingFixedFixedFixedFixed
Display Size 2.8" LCD 460K Pixels 100% Coverage3" LCD 460K Pixels 100% Coverage3" LCD 230K Pixels 100% Coverage3" LCD 460K Pixels 100% Coverage3" LCD 460K Pixels 100% Coverage
Exposure Modes P, A, T, MP, A, T, MP, A, T, MP, A, T, MAuto
Scene Modes 7Portrait, Smooth Skin, High Speed Burst, Handheld Night, Snow, Fireworks, Panorama Assist10Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter, High-speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night, Low Light, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist19Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter, High-Speed Burst, Handheld Night, Low Light, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter
Metering Multi-Segment, Center-Weighed, Spot, Face-DetectionEvaluative, Center-Weighed, SpotEvaluative, Center-Weighed, SpotMulti-Segment, Center-Weighed, SpotMulti-Segment, Center-Weighed, Spot
Bracketing 3 Shots ±2 EV
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV, 1/3 EV±2 EV, 1/3 EV±2 EV, 1/3 EV±2 EV, 1/3 EV±2 EV, 1/3 EV
Flash Compensation ±2 EV, 1/3 EV
White Balance Auto, Presets, CustomAuto, Presets, CustomAuto, Presets, CustomAuto, Presets, CustomAuto, Presets, Custom
White Balance Tuning 2 Axis, 19 steps
Continuous Drive 2.2 FPS, 10 JPEG *0.9 FPS with autofocus. Up to 13 FPS at reduced resolution.0.8 FPS, Unlimited JPEG0.8 FPS, Unlimited JPEG2.4 FPS, Unlimited JPEG *0.8 FPS with AF-C. 10 FPS @ reduced resolution, max 10 frames.2.8 FPS, Unlimited JPEG *6.8 FPS High-Speed Burst. Unspecified limits.
Self Timer Yes *2s, 10s, 1-10 Shots @ 0-30sYes *2s, 10s, 1-10 Shots @ 0-30sYes *2s, 10s, 1-10 Shots @ 0-30sYes *2s, 10s, 1-10 shots @ 0-30sYes *2s, 10s, 1-10 Shots @ 0-30s
Command Dials 1
DOF Preview NoNoNoNoNo
Protection NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Digital Level 1 AxisNoneNoneNoneNone
Tripod Mount YesYesYesYesYes
Remote Trigger WiredNoneNoneNoneNone
Multiple Exposures NoNoNoNoNo
Interval Timer NoNoNoNoNo
WiFi NoNoNoNoNo
Eye-Start Sensor NoNoNoNoNo
Flash Ports Hot-Shoe
Built-In Flash Yes, 5.5 - 3m (W-T)Yes, 5 - 3m (W-T)Yes, 2 - 3m (W-T)Yes, 3.5 - 2m (W-T)Yes
Flash Sync UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Video Capture 1920x1080 @ 24 FPS 16:9 *Also 640x480 @ 120 FPS and 320x240 @ 240 FPS High-Speed video.1280x720 @ 30 FPS 16:91280x720 @ 30 FPS 16:91920x1080 @ 24 FPS 16:91920x1080 @ 24 FPS 16:9
Sound Input NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
GPS N / AN / AN / APositionN / A
Memory Secure Digital Extended CapacitySecure Digital Extended CapacitySecure Digital Extended CapacitySecure Digital Extended CapacityMicro Secure Digital High Capacity
Battery Lithium-IonLithium-IonStandard AALithium-IonLithium-Ion
Battery Life 335195380230190
Introduced 2012-09-172012-08-21, DiscontinuedYES2012-08-21, DiscontinuedYES2012-02-07, DiscontinuedYES2012-01-09, DiscontinuedYES
Size 123 x 88 x 106mm (W x H x D)104 x 70 x 80mm (W x H x D)110 x 73 x 44mm (W x H x D)107 x 61 x 33mm (W x H x D)87 x 54 x 19mm (W x H x D)
Weight 595g341g291g231g155g
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Priority is given to the primary number in a specification.*Examples:
FPS for Continuous Drive
Maximum ISO for Sensitivity
Coverage for Viewfinder & Display