• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 22mm - 896mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 24mm - 1000mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus SP-820UZ advantages over Nikon P520

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Less expensive
    $330 vs $450 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Nikon P520 advantages over Olympus SP-820UZ

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    18.1 vs 14.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    7 vs 3 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Longer exposure
    8 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.0 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon P500

Olympus SP-820UZ
Nikon P500
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon P520
Nikon P500
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Wi-Fi
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon P510

Olympus SP-820UZ
Nikon P510
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $339
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon P520
Nikon P510
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $339
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Nikon P530

Olympus SP-820UZ
Nikon P530
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bulb shutter
  • $321
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus
Nikon P520
Nikon P530
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $321
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Newer

Compared to Canon SX520 HS

Olympus SP-820UZ
Canon SX520 HS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $203
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Newer
Nikon P520
Canon SX520 HS
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $203
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Canon SX530 HS

Olympus SP-820UZ
Canon SX530 HS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $296
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • NFC
Nikon P520
Canon SX530 HS
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $296
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Newer
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