Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS vs Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P520

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Size
Really small
Mid size 108x71x44 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.7"
Weight
Light-weight
251 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX170 IS

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Size Significantly smaller 108x71x44 mm vs 125x84x102 mm
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3.2x smaller
Battery life Longer battery life 300 shots vs 200 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.7" vs 4"
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2.3x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 251 g vs 550 g
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2.2x lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $149.00 vs $429.99
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The best price we've seen is $281 cheaper (2.9x less)
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P520

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Zoom Significantly more zoom 41.7x vs 16x
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Around 7x more zoom
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.0 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the P520's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen size Larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 9x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P520's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P520's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $382 - $400

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $227

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $170 - $279

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $155 - $250

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $189

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $252

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188 - $198

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $347 - $447

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $427

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $400 - $418

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $323

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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