Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P530 vs Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix P520

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P520

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Nikon Coolpix S9500

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Nikon Coolpix S9500

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

Size
Really small
Compact 110x60x31 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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
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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.0 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 resolution
Higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 614k dots
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50% higher resolution screen
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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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 2 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 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Nikon S9500

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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
Much smaller
110x60x31 mm vs 125x84x102 mm
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5.2x smaller
Focus points
Many more focus points
99 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Battery life
Longer battery life
230 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$220.88 vs $338.89
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The best price we've seen is $118 cheaper (more than 30% 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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              P520:200 shots
              S9500:230 shots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398 - $499

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $150

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $270 - $360

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $220 - $248

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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