Updated (February 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Nikon Coolpix L820

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Nikon Coolpix P520

65

Nikon Coolpix L820

59

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
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

Items often bought with the P520 or L820

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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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High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Size
Smaller
111×76×85 mm vs 125×84×102 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
8 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
3.3" vs 4"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
470 g vs 550 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$209.99 vs $359.99
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon P520

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
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
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              L820240 fps
              P520120 fps
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              L8204s
              P5208s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              9.7 MP
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              L8201080p @ 30fps
              P5201080p @ 60fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $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 P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $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
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $235

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $168

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $151

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $303 - $350

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $429

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen size Smaller screen

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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.