Updated (January 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A520 vs Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Canon PowerShot A520

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

41

Canon PowerShot A520

21

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Large screen
Screen size
3"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A520

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.6
Size
Really small
Compact (91×64×38 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
230 g

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A520.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P510.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A520

Size
Significantly smaller
91×64×38 mm vs 120×83×102 mm
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4.6x smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.6 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the A520's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 4"
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2.7x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
230 g vs 555 g
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2.4x lighter
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 35 mm
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More than 30% better wide angle
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 115k dots
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More than 8x higher resolution screen
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
41.7x vs 4x
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More than 108.5x more zoom
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 15fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 3.9 MP
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Capture more than 2.5x more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
2.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.5x closer to the lens
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The P510's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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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
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              A520Tunnel
              P510Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A520400 ISO
              P5103,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Canon PowerShot A520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A530

              Canon PowerShot A530

              Compact

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Slightly lower resolution screen
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot A590 IS

              Canon PowerShot A590 IS

              Digicam

              $491

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Entry-level DSLR

              $376 body only

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot A550

              Canon PowerShot A550

              Digicam

              $450

              Screen size Larger screen
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Thickness Slightly thicker

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

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

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $275

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $335

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS

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