Canon PowerShot SX520 sports a 42x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent range of 24-1008mm. It has a 16MP High-Sensitivity MOS sensor, 3-inch LCD monitor, and an upgraded DIGIX 4+ image processor, and captures up to 1080p Full HD video via a dedicated movie button, and zooms while shooting. Canon claims high-speed auto focus acquisition.
The camera is designed for snapshooters who want a versatile camera but who may be intimidated by the technical knowledge needed to get the most out of a more advanced camera. Features such as Intelligent IS automatically chooses from eight modes to optimize image stabilization to minimize camera shake, and a Zoom Framing Assist feature lets users track moving subjects while in the longer telephoto setting. In this mode, the camera zooms in or out automatically while following the movement of the subject in order to keep it in focus. Smart Auto intelligently chooses the proper setting based on 32 predefined, common shooting situations.
The Canon PowerShot SX520 also has a Creative Shot mode, which according to Canon, "uses composition, color and lighting from the original image to create unique images with an artistic