Updated (January 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P520

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Nikon Coolpix P500

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
120 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/5000 of a second
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

Items often bought with the P520 or P500

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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the P520's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 36x
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More than 30% more zoom
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
8s vs 2s
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4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P500

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High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
116×84×103 mm vs 125×84×102 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
220 shots vs 200 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
481 g vs 550 g
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More than 10% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/5000s vs 1/4000s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              P520120 fps
              P500240 fps
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              P520921k dots
              P500920k dots
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              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
              P5201/4000s
              P5001/5000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              P5208s
              P5002s
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5204"
              P5004.1"
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              P520550 g
              P500481 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              P520200 shots
              P500220 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              P520125×84×102 mm
              P500116×84×103 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
              P5201/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              P5001/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
              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
              P5001080p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              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
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $485

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $444

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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