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

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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
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
Zoom Significantly more zoom 41.7x vs 4x
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More than 108.5x more zoom
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
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $415 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $328

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Canon PowerShot A520 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Entry-level DSLR

        $372 body only

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Movie format Does not take movies
        Pentax Efina

        Pentax Efina

        Ultra compact

        $87

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Samsung NX1

        Samsung NX1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,499 - $1,500 body only

        $1,700 - $2,799 with 16-50mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot A530

        Canon PowerShot A530

        Compact

        $293

        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Screen resolution Slightly lower resolution screen
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Nikon 1 J1

        Nikon 1 J1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $189 with 10-30mm lens

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Weight Slightly heavier

        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 P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $339 - $397

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $339

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $250 - $297

        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Battery life Longer battery life
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $197 - $227

        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GPS No built-in GPS

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