Best of the Best Holiday 2014: Party – Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Best of the Best Holiday 2014: Party – Canon PowerShot SX520 HS


When your big event takes place in dim lighting, this P&S’s 16-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and 42x zoom lens will give you impressive image and video quality unmatched by any phone. And you can turn party snaps into keepsakes with creative shot mode, which uses lighting, color and composition from the original to create unique, artistic images.

The camera’s advanced sensor and Digic 4+ image processor make up Canon’s HS (high-sensitivity) system for incredible image and video quality even in challenging low-light conditions. The SX520 HS also uses an impressive 42x optical zoom and 24mm wide-angle lens so you can capture everything from scenic panoramas, fleeting wildlife and your little athlete’s intensity—all from a distance that won’t interrupt the action. And its optical image stabilizer and intelligent IS keep images clear and steady, correcting for camera shake.

Other convenient features, zoom framing assist and new advanced zoom framing assist, help you track and capture subjects, follow their movement, and keep them in focus—whether you’re shooting stills or super-lifelike 1080p Full HD video of your event. And high-speed AF means reduced lag time, so you won’t miss that spur-of-the-moment keepsake.

To make those party shots extra special, creative shot mode uses composition, color and lighting from your original image to create unique images with an artistic flair, applying any of 46 filter options. In addition to the original shot, the camera automatically saves five additional variations of the photo.

Then there’s hybrid auto mode, which records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel of your partying. Plus, smart auto mode intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on predefined shooting situations to help ensure the best possible photos or video without you changing a setting. All you have to do is frame your shot on the big 3.0-inch LCD and capture away. $399.99.