As well as being compared against other compacts, the Nikon Coolpix S520 is also often compared to super zooms. The Nikon Coolpix S520's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix P520 and the Coolpix S600) and Canon (such as the PowerShot S200)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S520 compared to other compact competitors include: it is significantly smaller (super compact (94×53×23 mm) vs compact (100×59×26 mm)) and has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 461k dots) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (2,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
6 years newer
$232

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the S520)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the S520)

  • Much larger: Compact (100×59×26 mm) vs Super compact (94×53×23 mm)

common strengths of the S200 and S520

  • Very small: Compact (100×59×26 mm) vs Super compact (94×53×23 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 1" vs 0.9"

Nikon Coolpix S600

Nikon Coolpix S600
similar age

Significant advantages of the S600 (vs the S520)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the S600 (vs the S520)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the S600 and S520

  • Very small: Super compact (89×53×23 mm) vs Super compact (94×53×23 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 170 g vs 155 g

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S520 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (super compact (94×53×23 mm) vs professional size (125×84×102 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 4") and is significantly lighter (155 g vs 550 g).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/3), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 921k dots) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520
5 years newer
$337

Significant advantages of the P520 (vs the S520)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.5"
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 115k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P520 (vs the S520)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×84×102 mm) vs Super compact (94×53×23 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4" vs 0.9"
  • Significantly heavier: 550 g vs 155 g

common strengths of the P520 and S520

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×84×102 mm) vs Super compact (94×53×23 mm)
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 155 g
  • Thin: 4" vs 0.9"