Canon PowerShot SX510 HS comparison

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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (Red)

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (Red)
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Nikon Coolpix L820 (Plum)

Nikon Coolpix L820 (Plum)
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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (Black)

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (Black)
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Price $199 to $249 at 7 stores $399 to $399 at 8 stores $376 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 1 review 1.0 stars out of 1 review 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews 4.0 stars out of 4 reviews 4.0 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date August 21, 2013 March 27, 2013 March 28, 2013 September 06, 2012 March 19, 2013
The Bottom Line A change in sensor brings the 30x zoom Canon PowerShot SX510 HS' photo and movie quality as well as its shooting performance up a notch. Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries. For those who value a long zoom lens, AA batteries, and saving a few bucks, the Nikon Coolpix L820 might be your point-and-shoot. If you simply must have the longest zoom in the room, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS satisfies. Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries.

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Type Info unavailable LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 2.8 in
LCD display - 3 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) Info unavailable 4.2 in x 1.3 in x 2.5 in
4.3 in x 3.3 in x 3 in
4.8 in x 4.2 in x 3.4 in
4.2 in x 1.3 in x 2.5 in
Lens System 30 x x
20 x x
Zoom lens - 4.5 mm - 90 mm - F/3.5-6.8
30 x x Zoom lens - 4 mm - 120 mm - F/3.0-5.8
50 x x Zoom lens - 4.3 mm - 215 mm - F/3.4-6.5
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Zoom lens - 4.5 mm - 90 mm - F/3.5-6.8
Optical sensor type CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
Light sensitivity Info unavailable ISO 3200
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ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO auto (125-3200)
ISO 125-1600
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ISO 125
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ISO auto
Video capture Info unavailable H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
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iFrame - 960 x 540 -
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H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
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Digital zoom Info unavailable 4 x
4 x
4 x
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Weight Info unavailable 7.4 oz
16.6 oz
19.4 oz
7.4 oz
Product Type Info unavailable Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
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