Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P530 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Nikon Coolpix P520

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
3.15x
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P520

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Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 24x
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More than 3x more zoom
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Size
Slightly smaller
125x84x102 mm vs 125x87x110 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The P520's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Slightly thinner
4" vs 4.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
550 g vs 588 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ200

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
540 shots vs 200 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ200's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
12 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$350.00 vs $438.00
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The best price we've seen is $88 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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 flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P520:4"
              DMC-FZ200:4.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P520:550 g
              DMC-FZ200:588 g
              Size Large Help
              P520:125x84x102 mm
              DMC-FZ200:125x87x110 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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $330

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $448

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $418

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $314 - $500

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297 - $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
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $796 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger

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              discussion

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              Ajay (4:20 PM, August 30, 2013)
              How pathetic comparison... fz200 is a dreamy camera.. p520 is nothing before that.. i dont believe snapsort anymore..
               
              Avatar for joachimmueller joachimmueller (4:35 AM, May 26, 2013)
              Any camera in that price range should have a thread for filter. A hot shoe is a must.
              It would be good to mention the availability (and feasibility) of external WiFi, GPS, remote control, filters, add-on lenses like fish eye, slow motion movie, and more. For nature lovers a remote viewfinder like a phone including shutter release from the phone are the new things that need to be looked at.
              Nikon offers a reasonably priced WiFi adapter.

              It seems to me the Panasonic is more professional.
               
              cliff (0:19 PM, May 11, 2013)
              spot on randall - I must confess that sometimes ive noticed many mistakes & left out info on snapsort in regards to camera specs - both great cams, but fz200 only 64pts ? lol, laughable - its a top rated bridge camera on almost every review - the images are superb even at full zoom (someones posted a video on u tube showing it at 96x zoom (4x digital zoom) I was gobsmacked, the image was superb.
               
              cliff (0:13 PM, May 11, 2013)
              lumix fz200 does have HDR
               
              Randal (2:59 AM, February 06, 2013)
              You missed the major compare - Lumix w/2.8f @ 600mm vrs Nikon P510 w//5.5f @ 600mm, and 6.9f @ 1000mm. I much prefer the wide f-stop with max tele.