Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 vs Nikon Coolpix P520

Winner
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

73

Nikon Coolpix P520

64

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
0 ms shutter lag
Long exposures
Longest exposure
30 seconds
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
120 fps
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-HX300 or Nikon P520

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P520.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P520

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
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"
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Around 10% larger screen
Size
Smaller
125×84×102 mm vs 130×93×103 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
550 g vs 650 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX300

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Zoom
More zoom
50x vs 41.7x
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More than 40% more zoom
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
310 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX300's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              P52041.7x
              DSC-HX30050x
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              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
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5204"
              DSC-HX3004.1"
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              P520550 g
              DSC-HX300650 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              P520125×84×102 mm
              DSC-HX300130×93×103 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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              P5201/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              DSC-HX3001/2.3" 6.28x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428 - $448

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $210 - $297

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $229 - $318

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has slightly 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
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $218

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              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

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $386

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

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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              Nikon Coolpix P520 Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              discussion

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              someone (4:59 AM, September 23, 2013)
              HX300
               
              Avatar for ANUBRATA SARKAR ANUBRATA SARKAR (4:39 PM, July 04, 2013)
              Which camera I should buy please,please,please, some one help me, will I buy NIKON P520 or SONY HX300? please do not give the comparison between these two camera, I know all the specification. Which camera give the best quality photos, videos and duribility is more. please someone help me.
               
              kish (7:13 PM, June 26, 2013)
              the only advantage for nikon p520 are 120 fps and gps but both advantages are not important because 120fps is poor quality video (notHD or dvd quality) and gps uses too much battery.
               
              Avatar for ansp ansp (7:06 PM, May 31, 2013)
              How the qualities of still picture both of them? Tq.
               
              Avatar for Kp Mak Kp Mak (3:41 AM, May 25, 2013)
              There is no meaning in making a comparsion JUST according to the specifications!

              Just a summarization of the catalogue?

              The real world experience is more important.

              For example, the zooming via lens ring of the Sony HX300,to me,has much a better feeling of control.