• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1000.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Nikon P520 advantages over Pentax KP

  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Pentax KP advantages over Nikon P520

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.91 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 390 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    75 mm vs 101 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    16 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 18.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    35 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/24000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon P510

Nikon P520
Nikon P510
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Higher extended ISO
Pentax KP
Nikon P510
  • $870
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • HDMI out

Compared to Samsung WB1100F

Nikon P520
Samsung WB1100F
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in GPS
  • $487
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Pentax KP
Samsung WB1100F
  • $870
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $487
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon P530

Nikon P520
Nikon P530
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $341
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Shoots 24p video
Pentax KP
Nikon P530
  • $870
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $341
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • HDMI out

Compared to Nikon D5600

Nikon P520
Nikon D5600
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in GPS
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Pentax KP
Nikon D5600
  • $870
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon T7i

Nikon P520
Canon T7i
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in GPS
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Pentax KP
Canon T7i
  • $870
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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