• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S520 advantages over Panasonic TS30

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.77 vs 1.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.9
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject

Panasonic TS30 advantages over Nikon S520

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Larger sensor
    1/2.33 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 250 vs 180 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    7 years vs 14 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    230k vs 154k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 8.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 2000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Samsung NV30

Nikon S520
Samsung NV30
  • $162
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $279
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Higher extended ISO
Panasonic TS30
Samsung NV30
  • $168
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Larger sensor
  • $279
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Sony DSC-W120

Nikon S520
Sony DSC-W120
  • $162
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • $200
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic TS30
Sony DSC-W120
  • $168
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Larger sensor
  • $200
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SD1200 IS

Nikon S520
Canon SD1200 IS
  • $162
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic TS30
Canon SD1200 IS
  • $168
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic TS20

Nikon S520
Panasonic TS20
  • $162
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $119
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Panasonic TS30
Panasonic TS20
  • $168
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Newer
  • $119
  • 1/2.33 inch

Compared to Panasonic TS25

Nikon S520
Panasonic TS25
  • $162
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $141
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic TS30
Panasonic TS25
  • $168
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $141
  • 1/2.33 inch
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