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

Nikon Coolpix P510

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Size
Really small
Compact 107x62x35 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Zoom 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
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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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $329.95 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $69 cheaper (around 20% less)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $167 - $227

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $999

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $398 - $433

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $339 - $397

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $339

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $250 - $297

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $517 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405 - $434

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $298

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $218 - $223

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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