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

Nikon Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix P510

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Canon PowerShot A520

25

Canon PowerShot A520

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A520

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.6
Size
Really small
Compact 91x64x38 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
230 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon A520

Size Significantly smaller 91x64x38 mm vs 120x83x102 mm
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4.6x smaller
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.6 vs f/3.0
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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 3.0" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Wide angle Much better wide angle 24 mm vs 35 mm
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More than 30% better wide angle
Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 2 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.5x closer to the lens
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 3 f-stops better
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/2.5" 5.8x4.3mm
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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 Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        A520:Tunnel
        P510:Digital
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $168 - $279

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon PowerShot A520 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot G16

        Canon PowerShot G16

        Pro digicam

        $499

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Heavier
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $269 - $319

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Placeholder

        Canon PowerShot A75

        Compact

        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        True resolution Lower true resolution
        Canon PowerShot A540

        Canon PowerShot A540

        Compact

        Screen size Much larger screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Kodak EasyShare C913

        Kodak EasyShare C913

        Compact

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

        Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        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

        $429

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

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $397

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $347

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $315 - $405

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

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