Updated (February 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Nikon Coolpix S9500

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P520

40

Nikon Coolpix S9500

33

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/3
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

Size
Really small
Compact (110×60×31 mm)
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Focus points
Many focus points
99

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P520

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Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 22x
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More than 3.5x more zoom
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the P520's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
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 resolution
Higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 614k dots
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50% higher resolution screen
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The P520's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
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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Advantages of the Nikon S9500

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Focus points
Many more focus points
99 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Size
Significantly smaller
110×60×31 mm vs 125×84×102 mm
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5.2x smaller
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Thickness
Much thinner
1.2" vs 4"
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3.3x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
205 g vs 550 g
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2.7x lighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
230 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
7.5 fps vs 7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$223.72 vs $359.99
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The best price we've seen is $136 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
              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
              P520120 fps
              S9500240 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              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
              P5208s
              S95004s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              P520200 shots
              S9500230 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              P5203,200 ISO
              S95001,600 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              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 P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $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

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205 - $249

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Focus points Many fewer focus points
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $209

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

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