Canon have made further moves into the future with its popular camera range. Starting with the SX520 HS which is the replacement for the SX510 HS, the camera is packed with 16 megapixels, which is to be expected in modern cameras, but what is unusual is the 1 / 2.3inch CCD sensor. This is a strange choice when you consider that most other cameras in the sector use a CMOS sensor. However, avid photographers will know that CCD or CMOS are just a matter of light and exposure, and every photographic task needs the right tools for the job. If you want to learn more about CCD vs CMOS I recommend you check out the B&H article on the subject.
Let’s get up close and personal with the the SX520 HS and its features. The camera packs punch considering it is fairly compact, with a 42x optical zoom and 24mm wide-angle lens. Compared to larger cameras it is perhaps a downgrade, however. At 42x zoom capacity it is not what you would expect on a smaller camera but you still get a 1008mm maximum focal length, which is pretty good as pointed by TechRadar. Another little bonus for those that favour zoom functionality on their camera is the ZoomPlus technology that boost the range up to a massive 84x by recreating an optical zoom.
Canon’s new SX400 IS also matches up strongly. Again in this camera you get 16 megapixels and a 1/2.3inch CCD sensor, but the real difference between the cameras is in the zooming capabilities. For a small size camera the 30x optical zoom is a really pleasant surprise. The zoom is boosted by the ZoomPlus technology which increases the maximum zoom to an enormous up to 60x – a huge amount of zoom for a small camera. Video recording is only 720p rather than the full 1080p HD that can be found on the SX520 HS. Both cameras come with a Digic 4+ processor that promises to be 60% quicker with high ISOs and 30% quicker focusing and processing than the standard Digic 4.
Canon has announced that you will have to wait until January to get your hands on an SX400 IS for the reasonable starting price of £259. However, the SX520 HS is due to start retailing in August with a starting price of £299, very reasonable pricing considering the huge amounts of functionality available here.
With both cameras Canon is delivering great competitive pricing – however, extras such as touchscreen, Wi-Fi, GPS are left out on both. The cameras offer little further than strong functionality that you’d expect, but offer plenty of bang for your hard-earned buck.
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