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
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
Light-weight
Weight
125 g
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L26

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard

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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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$139.00 vs $154.90
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The best price we've seen is $16 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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Size
Smaller
96x55x21 mm vs 96x60x29 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
5 cm vs 10 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 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
              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 cm
              W5205 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 resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $160

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $65

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $70

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Ultra compact

              $168

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W550

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W550

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $230

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Compact

              $85

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Samsung PL210

              Samsung PL210

              Travel zoom

              $199

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Weight Heavier

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

              discussion

              Nikon Coolpix L26
              Coolpix L26
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