Updated (February 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530 vs Nikon Coolpix P520

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Nikon Coolpix P530

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Nikon Coolpix P520

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P530

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

Items often bought with the P530 or P520

galleries

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

Advantages of the Nikon P520

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P520's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon P530

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Battery life
Longer battery life
240 shots vs 200 shots
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20% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.4 cm vs 1.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.5x closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
123×84×98 mm vs 125×84×102 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
494 g vs 550 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.00 vs $379.00
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The best price we've seen is $180 cheaper (around 50% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.9" vs 4"
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 8s
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Around 90% 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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              41.7x
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              120 fps
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              P5201.0 cm
              P5300.4 cm
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5204"
              P5303.9"
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              P520550 g
              P530494 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              P5203,200 ISO
              P5301,600 ISO
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              P520200 shots
              P530240 shots
              Size Large Help
              P520125×84×102 mm
              P530123×84×98 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
              P5201080p @ 60fps
              P5301080p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $350

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon Coolpix P530 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

              Super zoom

              $279 - $280

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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              Avatar for DJ Kerfuffle DJ Kerfuffle (1:23 PM, May 21, 2014)
              Coolpix 530 has no external mic input socket. There is an error in your review!