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

Nikon Coolpix P520

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Nikon Coolpix P520

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Nikon Coolpix L820

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Nikon Coolpix L820

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 111x76x85 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon L820

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Size
Smaller
111x76x85 mm vs 125x84x102 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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$149.00 vs $438.00
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The best price we've seen is $289 cheaper (2.9x less)
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
8 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
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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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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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
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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 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L820:3.3"
              P520:4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              L820:470 g
              P520:550 g
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              L820:111x76x85 mm
              P520:125x84x102 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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $227

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $250 - $329

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $229

              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
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $418

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Zoom More zoom
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $220

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $270

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $310

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon Coolpix P520.

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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.