As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Nikon Coolpix P520 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless, boutiques and compacts. The Nikon Coolpix P520's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix P530 and the Coolpix P900) and Kodak (such as the Easyshare Z990 MAX)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P520 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a screen which flips out and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 330 shots).

Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530
1 year newer
$344

Significant advantages of the P530 (vs the P520)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the P530 (vs the P520)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the P530 and P520

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×84×98 mm) vs Professional size (125×84×102 mm)
  • Light weight: 494 g vs 550 g
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 4"

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
2 years newer
$458 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the P520)

  • Significantly more zoom: 83.3x vs 41.7x
  • Much longer battery life: 360 shots vs 200 shots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the P520)

  • Significantly larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Professional size (125×84×102 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 899 g vs 550 g

common strengths of the P900 and P520

  • Built-in GPS
  • Inexpensive: $458.00 vs $336.89
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
1 year older
$299

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the P520)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the P520)

  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the P510 and P520

  • Fairly small: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Professional size (125×84×102 mm)
  • Built-in GPS
  • Light weight: 555 g vs 550 g

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
2 years older
$546

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the P520)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the P520)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/3
  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the P500 and P520

  • Fairly small: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Professional size (125×84×102 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 550 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 4"

Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Z990 MAX (vs the P520)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Z990 MAX (vs the P520)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the Z990 MAX and P520

  • Fairly small: Professional size (124×86×94 mm) vs Professional size (125×84×102 mm)
  • Light weight: 589 g vs 550 g
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 4"

Nikon Coolpix P610

Nikon Coolpix P610
2 years newer
$730

Significant advantages of the P610 (vs the P520)

  • Much longer battery life: 330 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the P610 (vs the P520)

  • None found

common strengths of the P610 and P520

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Professional size (125×84×102 mm)
  • Built-in GPS
  • Light weight: 565 g vs 550 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P520 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), records high-speed movies (120 fps vs none) and has image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
similar age
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the P520)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the P520)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps

common strengths of the SL1 and P520

  • None found

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
10 months older
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the P520)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the P520)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps

common strengths of the D3200 and P520

  • None found

Nikon D40

Nikon D40
6 years older
$975 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D40 (vs the P520)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much thinner: 2.5" vs 4"

Significant disadvantages of the D40 (vs the P520)

  • Much lower true resolution: 6 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the D40 and P520

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
2 years older
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the P520)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the P520)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the T3 and P520

  • Inexpensive: $393.99 vs $336.89

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
3 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the P520)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the P520)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 7 fps

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and P520

  • Inexpensive: $299.00 vs $336.89

Olympus E-410

Olympus E-410
5 years older
$433 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-410 (vs the P520)

  • Much higher true resolution: 10 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much thinner: 2.1" vs 4"

Significant disadvantages of the E-410 (vs the P520)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 215k dots vs 921k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the E-410 and P520

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P520 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and records high-speed movies (120 fps vs none).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24.7 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p, has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm) and has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 420 shots).

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
1 year newer
$363 - $448 (body only)
$450 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the P520)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the P520)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps

common strengths of the A5100 and P520

  • Inexpensive: $362.87 vs $336.89
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the P520)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 19.8 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the P520)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps

common strengths of the A5000 and P520

  • Inexpensive: $498.00 vs $336.89
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P520 compared to boutique competitors include: it has way more more zoom (41.7x vs 3.1x), has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 2"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 134k dots), is slightly smaller (professional size (125×84×102 mm) vs large (139×168×97 mm)) and has better image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.7), has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs sigma x3 21.5x14.4mm), has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots), is thicker (4" vs 2.2") and has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
7 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-R1 (vs the P520)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-R1 (vs the P520)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 41.7x
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the DSC-R1 and P520

  • Incredible zoom: 5x vs 41.7x
  • Built-in flashes

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
1 year newer
$538 - $598

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX100 (vs the P520)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.7 vs f/3
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (115×66×55 mm) vs Professional size (125×84×102 mm)
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX100 (vs the P520)

  • Much less zoom: 3.1x vs 41.7x
  • Smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-LX100 and P520

  • Great zoom: 3.1x vs 41.7x
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Inexpensive: $537.59 vs $336.89

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P520 compared to compact competitors include: it has way more more zoom (41.7x vs 3x), has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 37 mm), has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 2.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots) and has better image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it is much larger (professional size (125×84×102 mm) vs super compact (89×53×23 mm)), is thicker (4" vs 0.9") and is much heavier (550 g vs 125 g).

Nikon Coolpix S700

Nikon Coolpix S700
5 years older
$339

Significant advantages of the S700 (vs the P520)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (89×53×23 mm) vs Professional size (125×84×102 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 4"
  • Much lighter: 170 g vs 550 g

Significant disadvantages of the S700 (vs the P520)

  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much less zoom: 3x vs 41.7x
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the S700 and P520

  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm FinePix Z35

Fujifilm FinePix Z35
3 years older

Significant advantages of the Z35 (vs the P520)

  • Much smaller: Compact (90×58×24 mm) vs Professional size (125×84×102 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 4"
  • Much lighter: 125 g vs 550 g

Significant disadvantages of the Z35 (vs the P520)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much less zoom: 3x vs 41.7x
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the Z35 and P520

  • Each has a built-in flash