Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L26 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

Sony Cybershot W520 vs Nikon Coolpix L26

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-W520

50

Nikon Coolpix L26

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W520

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
25 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact (96×56×21 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Digital
  2. Lens
Great macro
Macro focus
5.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L26

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
26 mm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2000 of a second

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon L26

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 30fps vs 320 x 240 @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.2 vs f/3.3
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$139.00 vs $156.74
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The best price we've seen is $18 cheaper (more than 10% less)
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
4s vs 2s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony W520

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
5.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Size
Smaller
96×56×21 mm vs 96×60×29 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 26 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.8" vs 1.1"
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Around 30% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The W520's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
125 g vs 164 g
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More than 20% lighter
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              L264s
              W5202s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              L2610.0 cm
              W5205.0 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              L26720p @ 30fps
              W520320 x 240 @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L261,600 ISO
              W5203,200 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Compact

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $85

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Kodak EasyShare C513

              Kodak EasyShare C513

              Compact

              $250

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Samsung ST72

              Samsung ST72

              Ultra compact

              $100

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Significantly smaller
              Samsung ES75

              Samsung ES75

              Digicam

              $121

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Compact

              $99

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Weight Heavier
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $139

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Ultra compact

              $132

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Compact

              $94

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $178 - $198

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

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              Nikon Coolpix L26 Sony Cybershot DSC-W520
              Nikon Coolpix L26 Sony Cybershot DSC-W520

              discussion

              Nikon Coolpix L26
              Coolpix L26
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