Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P530 vs Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Nikon Coolpix P510

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P520

73

Nikon Coolpix P510

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P520. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P510.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P520

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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 size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Lowest price
Cheaper
$280.36 vs $386.99
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The best price we've seen is $107 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Size
Slightly smaller
120x83x102 mm vs 125x84x102 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              41.7x
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P520550 g
              P510555 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              P520500 ms
              P510380 ms
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              200 shots
              Size Large Help
              P520125x84x102 mm
              P510120x83x102 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $200 - $327

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $349

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $360 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159 - $207

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $248

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $409 - $447

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $275 - $378

              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon Coolpix P510.

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              discussion

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              Showing 7 comments

              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:51 PM, April 05, 2013)
              Thanks for pointing that out, we will have that fixed up soon
               
              Antonello Santinelli (0:16 PM, April 05, 2013)
              there is an error on the comparation: p520 has a "flip-out screen", p510 has'nt it!!!!!!
               
              Avatar for David Semon David Semon (5:08 AM, March 05, 2013)
              I have a P510 - and it has a flip out screen and I love it and use it often. According to Nikon, they both have a "Vari-Angle" monitor, the description of the P520 makes it sound like it does a few more tricks
              If you want accurate specs, go to the Nikon website
              http://www.nikon.com/news/2013/0129_cpx_03.htm
               
              dbs (9:16 AM, February 27, 2013)
              kindly don't refer this sits review..its totally wrong... it gives almost 70% wrong information about each camera..why snapsot paying for this misinformation up-loaders ?
               
              cameraguy (3:23 PM, February 25, 2013)
              Info is wrong, cameras are reversed. p520 has flip out screen, not p510.
               
              Avatar for Ray Wiley Ray Wiley (7:11 PM, February 20, 2013)
              Hopefully someone will take another look at p520 specs...
               
              vjweirnogeenn (7:07 AM, February 11, 2013)
              Weak comparison due to the lag of correct information