LCD and Viewfinder
Canon SX520 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.
SX520 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 Nikon Coolpix P7000 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon SX520 HS can shoot continuously at max speed of 2 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec.
Unfortunately SX520 HS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Canon SX520 HS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from.
Canon SX520 HS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon SX520 HS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Canon SX520 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.
SX520 HS has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Canon SX520 HS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Nikon Coolpix P7000 or Olympus Stylus SH-1 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect SX520 HS to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Canon SX520 HS is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 210 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, Canon SX520 HS has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend SX520 HS owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Canon SX520 HS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Canon SX520 HS Features Compared to Main Competitors