Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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Nikon Coolpix P520

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Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
120 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Size
Really small
Mid size (108×71×44 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.7"
Weight
Light-weight
251 g
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Items often bought with the Nikon P520 or Canon SX170 IS

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX170 IS

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Size
Significantly smaller
108×71×44 mm vs 125×84×102 mm
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3.2x smaller
Battery life
Significantly 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
Cheaper
$169.95 vs $379.00
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The best price we've seen is $209 cheaper (2.2x less)
Longest exposure
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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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 16x
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Around 7x more zoom
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the P520's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 9x faster continuous shooting
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P520's boost ISO is 6 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 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX170 IS1/3200s
              P5201/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX170 IS1,600 ISO
              P5203,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $218

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $352

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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