Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 107x62x35 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Zoom Significantly more zoom 41.7x vs 20x
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Around 4.5x more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.0 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the P510's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price Cheaper $249.00 vs $364.99
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The best price we've seen is $116 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Size Significantly smaller 107x62x35 mm vs 120x83x102 mm
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4.4x smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-HX20V's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Much thinner 1.4" vs 4"
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2.9x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 254 g vs 555 g
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2.2x lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 2 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $230

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $349

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $304 - $347

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $427 - $447

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $347 - $397

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $227 - $255

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Zoom Less zoom

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $448

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $223 - $328

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $548

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $1,027

              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

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