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

Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Nikon Coolpix S9500

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P520

47

Nikon Coolpix S9500

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

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
Focus points
Many focus points
99

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/3.0 vs f/3.4
Help
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
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 614k dots
Help
50% higher resolution screen
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
Help
Around 10% larger screen
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
Help
The P520's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
Help
Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
Help
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
Help
The P520's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
Help
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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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
110x60x31 mm vs 125x84x102 mm
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5.2x smaller
Focus points
Many more focus points
99 vs 9
Help
Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$223.72 vs $322.73
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The best price we've seen is $99 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
              P520200 shots
              S9500230 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              P5203,200 ISO
              S95001,600 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $240 - $327

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

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

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $279 - $345

              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

              $365 - $398

              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

              $379

              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

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $170 - $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
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $230

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              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

              $212 - $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
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $238

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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