Sony Cybershot W520 vs Nikon Coolpix L26

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Sony Cybershot DSC-W520

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Nikon Coolpix L26

40

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
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L26

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
26 mm

Items often bought with the Sony W520 or Nikon L26

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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
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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Size
Smaller
96×56×21 mm vs 96×60×29 mm
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More than 30% smaller
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
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
              Weight Light weight Help
              L26164 g
              W520125 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              L26$139.53
              W520$158.71
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              L264s
              W5202s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              L2610.0 cm
              W5205.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L261,600 ISO
              W5203,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              L26720p @ 30fps
              W520320 x 240 @ 30fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Compact

              $112

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $110

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $111 - $128

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $138

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a significantly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $352

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Compact

              $91 - $96

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon IXUS 165

              Canon IXUS 165

              Travel zoom

              $137 - $139

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $360

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $350

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $161

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $125

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Samsung SH100

              Samsung SH100

              Ultra compact

              $244

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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

              discussion

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