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

Sony Cybershot W520

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-W520

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Nikon Coolpix L26

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Nikon Coolpix L26

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W520

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens, Digital
Great macro
Macro focus
5 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L26

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
 

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
Larger screen
3.0" 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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At its widest zoom, the L26's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Lowest price
Cheaper
$115.00 vs $403.54
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The best price we've seen is $289 cheaper (3.5x 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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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
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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
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              L26:10 cm
              W520:5 cm
              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $68

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony DSC-S5000

              Sony DSC-S5000

              Compact

              $114

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

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70 - $88

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Canon PowerShot A810

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $200

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $69 - $120

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $117

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Ultra compact

              $119

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

              Sony Cybershot W510

              Compact

              $100

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $140

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $265

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

              Travel zoom

              $408

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Weight Slightly heavier

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

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