LCD and Viewfinder
Canon ELPH 520 HS has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 461k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
ELPH 520 HS doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon ELPH 520 HS can shoot continuously at max speed of 3 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
Unfortunately ELPH 520 HS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Canon ELPH 520 HS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from.
Canon ELPH 520 HS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon ELPH 520 HS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps and save in and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Canon ELPH 520 HS will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
ELPH 520 HS also a high speed mode where it captures videos at 240 fps for ultra slow motion videos. ELPH 520 HS has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Stereo speaker.
Canon ELPH 520 HS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Olympus XZ-2 iHS or Nikon Coolpix P7000 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect ELPH 520 HS to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Canon ELPH 520 HS is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 190 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, Canon ELPH 520 HS has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend ELPH 520 HS owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Ultracompact Cameras
Nikon L32 with its 320shots is the model with longest battery life among Ultracompact cameras. Check the comparison of Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Nikon L32 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Canon ELPH 520 HS Features Compared to Main Competitors