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

Nikon Coolpix P520

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Nikon Coolpix P520

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Nikon Coolpix S9500

43

Nikon Coolpix S9500

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

Size
Really small
Compact 110x60x31 mm
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P520

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Zoom Significantly 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
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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
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 $209.99 vs $364.00
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The best price we've seen is $154 cheaper (more than 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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              P520:200 shots
              S9500:230 shots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $297

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $227

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              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

              $199 - $250

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160 - $279

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $347

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $420 - $427

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $390 - $418

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

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $269

              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 SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $280

              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-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $328

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $252

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9400

              Nikon Coolpix S9400

              Travel zoom

              $194

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $288

              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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