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

49

Nikon Coolpix L26

41

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
Size
Really small
Compact (96×60×29 mm)

galleries

Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L26.

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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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
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$154.86 vs $195.00
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The best price we've seen is $40 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              L264s
              W5202s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              L2610.0 cm
              W5205.0 cm
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L261,600 ISO
              W5203,200 ISO
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              L26720p @ 30fps
              W520320 x 240 @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Sony DSC-S5000

              Sony DSC-S5000

              Compact

              $98

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $87

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S30

              Canon PowerShot S30

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $90

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S30

              Nikon Coolpix S30

              Waterproof

              $165

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $89

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W560

              Sony Cybershot W560

              Compact

              $180

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Compact

              $116

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W550

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W550

              Compact

              $161

              3D Takes 3D photos
              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

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