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Canon SX520 HS vs Pentax E85

Portability
69
Imaging
41
Features
44
Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS front
 
Pentax Optio E85 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
10
Overall
25

Canon SX520 HS vs Pentax E85 Key Specs

Canon SX520 HS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1008mm (F3.4-6.0) lens
  • 441g - 120 x 82 x 92mm
  • Revealed July 2014
  • Superseded the Canon SX510 HS
  • New Model is Canon SX530 HS
Pentax E85
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F2.9-5.2) lens
  • 145g - 93 x 58 x 24mm
  • Revealed September 2009
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Canon SX520 HS vs Pentax E85 Overview

Here, we are analyzing the Canon SX520 HS and Pentax E85, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Canon and Pentax. There exists a sizeable gap between the image resolutions of the SX520 HS (16MP) and E85 (12MP) but both cameras boast the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SX520 HS was announced 4 years later than the E85 and that is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a simple overview of how the SX520 HS grades versus the E85 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX520 HS over the Pentax E85

 SX520 HS E85 
RevealedJuly 2014September 2009More recent by 60 months
Focus manually Very precise focus
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution461k230kCrisper display (+231k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax E85 over the Canon SX520 HS

 E85 SX520 HS 

Common features in the Canon SX520 HS and Pentax E85

 SX520 HS E85 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Canon SX520 HS vs Pentax E85 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to lug around your camera regularly, you will need to factor in its weight and size. The Canon SX520 HS offers external measurements of 120mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6") having a weight of 441 grams (0.97 lbs) while the Pentax E85 has specifications of 93mm x 58mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") having a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Below is a front view physical size comparison of the SX520 HS versus the E85.

Canon SX520 HS vs Pentax E85 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the SX520 HS and E85 is 69 and 95 respectively.

Canon SX520 HS vs Pentax E85 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX520 HS vs Pentax E85 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very hard to envision the difference between sensor measurements simply by going over specs. The visual here should offer you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the SX520 HS and E85.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras come with the identical sensor size but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Canon SX520 HS to offer greater detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The more recent SX520 HS will have an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon SX520 HS vs Pentax E85 sensor size comparison

Canon SX520 HS vs Pentax E85 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX520 HS vs Pentax E85 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX520 HS Portrait photography features
Pentax E85 Portrait photography features
44
focusing manually
MP count good (16MP)
supports face detect focusing
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
21
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon SX520 HS Street photography features
Pentax E85 Street photography features
47
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
47
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX520 HS Sports photography highlights
Pentax E85 Sports photography highlights
45
incredible zoom range (24-1008mm 42.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery life (210 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect AF
17
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX520 HS as a Travel photography camera
Pentax E85 as a Travel photography camera
55
MP count good (16MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
long reach (1008mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
bad battery life (210 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
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has built in flash
no Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (32mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX520 HS as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax E85 as a Landscape photography camera
46
focusing manually
fairly wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
bad battery life (210 shots)
lack of Time Lapse mode
23
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (32mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
no manual mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon SX520 HS
Vlogging with Pentax E85
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fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of mic port
22
wide angle not good (32mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
no external microphone socket
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Canon SX520 HS vs Pentax E85 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX520 HS and Pentax E85
 Canon PowerShot SX520 HSPentax Optio E85
General Information
Brand Name Canon Pentax
Model Canon PowerShot SX520 HS Pentax Optio E85
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2014-07-29 2009-09-17
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 4+ -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-1008mm (42.0x) 32-96mm (3.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.4-6.0 f/2.9-5.2
Macro focus range 0cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 461 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 seconds 2 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.50 m 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, on, off, slow synchro -
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None 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 441g (0.97 lbs) 145g (0.32 lbs)
Physical dimensions 120 x 82 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6") 93 x 58 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" 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 210 shots -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-6LH D-LI95
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $219 $0