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

Really small
Size
Super compact 96x55x21 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Digital, Lens
Great macro
Macro focus
5 cm
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L26

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"

differences

Advantages of the Nikon L26

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Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 30fps vs 320 x 240 @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.2 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the L26's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
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
96x55x21 mm vs 96x60x29 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
5 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
25 mm vs 26 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
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 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
125 g vs 164 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$161.28 vs $213.95
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The best price we've seen is $53 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
              L26:4s
              W520:2s
              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
              L26:10 cm
              W520:5 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              L26:720p @ 30fps
              W520:320 x 240 @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $75

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L24

              Nikon Coolpix L24

              Compact

              $110

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $125

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Lowest price Cheaper
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70 - $100

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS6

              Compact

              $123

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Compact

              $90

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Ultra compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $153

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

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

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