Updated (February 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L830 vs Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Nikon Coolpix L820

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P520

75

Nikon Coolpix L820

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm)
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

galleries

Explore our gallery of 30 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L820.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P520.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon L820

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Size
Smaller
111×76×85 mm vs 125×84×102 mm
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More than 30% smaller
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3.3" vs 4"
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Around 20% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
8 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
470 g vs 550 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$209.99 vs $276.95
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The best price we've seen is $67 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon P520

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Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 29.3x
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More than 2x more zoom
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
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L8203.3"
              P5204"
              Weight Heavy Help
              L820470 g
              P520550 g
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              L820111×76×85 mm
              P520125×84×102 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              L820240 fps
              P520120 fps
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              L820$209.99
              P520$276.95
              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $297

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $209 - $227

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $475

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $198

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Kodak EasyShare C613

              Kodak EasyShare C613

              Compact

              $189

              Size Smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $186

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $297

              Weight Slightly lighter
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $335

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $375 - $427

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $360 - $398

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen size Smaller screen
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              Krish (5:39 PM, October 13, 2013)
              I wanted to know whether there is any difference in photography between p520 and l820 or its simply of some extra features which do not affect the quality of a photo like a viewfinder or extra zoom!??
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:06 PM, April 15, 2013)
              Thanks for pointing that out, that was a typo. We will have that fixed up soon.
               
              Nikon (5:00 AM, April 13, 2013)
              I think you have the L820 ISO listed wrong... its not 320... it is 3200.