If you’re looking for an affordable, long-zoom camera from Canon and you don’t want last year’s camera, you’ve got two choices as of this writing. The 16-megapixel Canon SX400 and SX520 were both announced in late-July 2014, and of the pair, the SX400 is the more affordable by quite some margin.
There’s a reason for that: The Canon SX400 is based around a CCD image sensor. Some people still swear by the CCD, insisting that it yields better images, but be that as it may it brings with it clear disadvantages in terms of performance. Although both cameras have near-identical resolution, the SX400 trails its sibling with pedestrian performance. It also has a lower maximum sensitivity of just ISO 1,600 equivalent.
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