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 96x55x21 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Digital, Lens
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L26

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
26 mm

galleries

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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
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
Cheaper
$99.99 vs $156.44
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The best price we've seen is $56 cheaper (around 40% 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 flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L261,600 ISO
              W5203,200 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony DSC-S5000

              Sony DSC-S5000

              Compact

              $98

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $152

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $126

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $176

              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $63

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Screen size Smaller screen
              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
              Canon PowerShot A720 IS

              Canon PowerShot A720 IS

              Digicam

              $597

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $121

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS6

              Compact

              $121

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

              Casio Exilim EX-ZR10

              Compact

              $143

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $173

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Compact

              $105

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Ultra compact

              $132

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Compact

              $74

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