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

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Canon PowerShot A520

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

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Canon PowerShot A520

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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 91x64x38 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
230 g

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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x 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
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              A520:Tunnel
              P510:Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A520:400 ISO
              P510:3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $339 - $349

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot A520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A590 IS

              Canon PowerShot A590 IS

              Digicam

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Canon PowerShot A85

              Canon PowerShot A85

              Compact

              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Placeholder

              Canon PowerShot A410

              Compact

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Entry-level DSLR

              $323 body only

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Canon PowerShot A530

              Canon PowerShot A530

              Compact

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Slightly lower resolution screen
              Thickness Slightly thicker

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $300 - $349

              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

              $219 - $297

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $279 - $368

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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