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Canon ELPH 530 HS vs Sony S950

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
40
Overall
37
Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S950 front
Portability
94
Imaging
34
Features
17
Overall
27

Canon ELPH 530 HS vs Sony S950 Key Specs

Canon ELPH 530 HS
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-336mm (F3.4-5.6) lens
  • 163g - 86 x 54 x 20mm
  • Announced February 2012
  • Alternate Name is IXUS 510 HS
Sony S950
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • 33-132mm (F3.3-5.2) lens
  • 167g - 93 x 56 x 24mm
  • Announced February 2009
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Canon ELPH 530 HS vs Sony S950 Overview

Here is a complete comparison of the Canon ELPH 530 HS and Sony S950, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Canon and Sony. The image resolution of the ELPH 530 HS (10MP) and the S950 (10MP) is relatively well matched and they come with the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The ELPH 530 HS was manufactured 3 years later than the S950 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a in-depth comparison, below is a simple summation of how the ELPH 530 HS scores vs the S950 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon ELPH 530 HS over the Sony S950

 ELPH 530 HS S950 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012February 2009Fresher by 37 months
Screen sizing3.2"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution461k230kSharper screen (+231k dot)
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Reasons to pick Sony S950 over the Canon ELPH 530 HS

 S950 ELPH 530 HS 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing

Common features in the Canon ELPH 530 HS and Sony S950

 ELPH 530 HS S950 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Canon ELPH 530 HS vs Sony S950 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry your camera often, you'll have to consider its weight and measurements. The Canon ELPH 530 HS has got physical measurements of 86mm x 54mm x 20mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 163 grams (0.36 lbs) while the Sony S950 has proportions of 93mm x 56mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") having a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the ELPH 530 HS and the S950.

Canon ELPH 530 HS vs Sony S950 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the ELPH 530 HS and S950 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Canon ELPH 530 HS vs Sony S950 top view buttons comparison

Canon ELPH 530 HS vs Sony S950 Sensor Comparison

Often, its hard to visualize the gap between sensor sizing simply by reading through technical specs. The visual here might provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the ELPH 530 HS and S950.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact megapixels so you can expect similar quality of images however you really should take the launch date of the products into consideration. The fresher ELPH 530 HS should have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Canon ELPH 530 HS vs Sony S950 sensor size comparison

Canon ELPH 530 HS vs Sony S950 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon ELPH 530 HS vs Sony S950 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon ELPH 530 HS
Portrait photography with Sony S950
26
includes face detect focus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
low MP (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
27
manual focus
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon ELPH 530 HS Street photography advice
Sony S950 Street photography advice
66
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features touch to focus
lighter than average (163g)
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
56
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon ELPH 530 HS as a Sports photography camera
Sony S950 as a Sports photography camera
30
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
slow frames per second (3.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery life (190 per charge)
lack of phase detect auto focus
25
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
max fps low (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon ELPH 530 HS as a Travel photography camera
Sony S950 as a Travel photography camera
65
lighter than average (163 grams)
features touch to focus
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
great zoom (336mm)
no Time Lapse mode
bad battery life (190 shots)
low MP (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
51
built-in flash
no Time Lapse mode
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (33mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon ELPH 530 HS Landscape photography factors
Sony S950 Landscape photography factors
36
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3.2 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
manual exposure not possible
low MP (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
bad battery life (190 shots)
no Time Lapse mode
32
manual focus
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (33mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not available
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon ELPH 530 HS Vlogging information
Sony S950 Vlogging information
35
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (163 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no mic support
9
can't record video
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Canon ELPH 530 HS vs Sony S950 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon ELPH 530 HS and Sony S950
 Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HSSony Cyber-shot DSC-S950
General Information
Brand Canon Sony
Model Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S950
Also Known as IXUS 510 HS -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-02-07 2009-02-17
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 5 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-336mm (12.0x) 33-132mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.4-5.6 f/3.3-5.2
Macro focus distance 1cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3.2 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 461k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology PureColor II Touch TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 2s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 2.50 m 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 163g (0.36 lb) 167g (0.37 lb)
Dimensions 86 x 54 x 20mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8") 93 x 56 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 190 pictures -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-9L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $250 $130