Canon PowerShot SX520 HS vs Nikon Coolpix L840

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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
Nikon Coolpix L840

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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
More total megapixel count Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 16.8MP digital camera. That's 0.039999999999999MP more than the Nikon Coolpix L840 (16.76MP).
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 42x optical zoom digital camera. That's 4x bigger than the Nikon Coolpix L840 (38x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

16% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a maximum focal length of 1,008mm, however the Nikon Coolpix L840 is only an 855mm maximum focal length digital camera (153mm shorter).
25% smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 25 smaller than the Nikon Coolpix L840 (125).
74% longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a maximum camera shutter speed of 15s. That's 11s longer than the Nikon Coolpix L840 (4s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

22% lighter Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a weight of 441g, however the Nikon Coolpix L840 is a 538g digital camera (97g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

5% thinner Edit
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 91.9mm deep. That's 4.1mm thinner than the Nikon Coolpix L840 (96mm).
4 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
11 Reasons For
0.4 smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L840 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.4 smaller than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS (3).
1.5mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L840 has a minimum focal length of 22.5mm, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 24mm minimum focal length digital camera (1.5mm longer).
3,200 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L840 has a maximum ISO speed of 6,400, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is only a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (3,200 lower).
460,000 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L840 has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is only a 461,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (460,000 pixels lower).
A little shorter Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L840 has a height of 78.3mm, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is an 81.7mm tall digital camera (3.4mm taller).
6.5mm narrower Edit
Nikon Coolpix L840 is 113.5mm wide, but the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 120mm wide digital camera (6.5mm wider).
Three more supported batteries Edit
The number of supported batteries on the Nikon Coolpix L840 is four, but the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS only has one supported battery.
£10 cheaper
The Nikon Coolpix L840 is £10 cheaper than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS.
More popular
The Nikon Coolpix L840 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 8328 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS ranks No. 84966.
Expert reviews are a bit better
Based on 6 expert reviews, the Nikon Coolpix L840 has an average review score of 76%, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has an average rating of 72% (based on 14 reviews).
User reviews are a bit better
Based on 70 user reviews, the Nikon Coolpix L840 has an average review score of 85%, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has an average rating of 83% (based on 44 reviews).

Reasons Against

12 Reasons Against
0.4 larger minimum aperture Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a minimum aperture of 3.4, whereas the Nikon Coolpix L840 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera (0.4 smaller).
Longer minimum focal length Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 24mm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 1.5mm longer than the Nikon Coolpix L840 (22.5mm).
3,200 lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 3,200 lower than the Nikon Coolpix L840 (6,400).
Vastly lower display resolution Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 461,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 460,000 pixels lower than the Nikon Coolpix L840 (921,000 pixels).
5% taller Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a height of 81.7mm. That's 3.4mm taller than the Nikon Coolpix L840 (78.3mm).
Wider Edit
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 120mm wide. That's 6.5mm wider than the Nikon Coolpix L840 (113.5mm).
Only one supported battery Edit
The number of supported batteries on the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is one, but the Nikon Coolpix L840 only has four supported batteries.
More expensive by £10
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is £10 more expensive than the Nikon Coolpix L840.
Older by seven months
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is seven months older than the Nikon Coolpix L840.
Less popular
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 84966 by number of sales in our digital cameras, whereas the Nikon Coolpix L840 ranks No. 8328.
Expert review Rating is moderately Worse
The average expert rating of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is only 72%, whereas the average expert rating of the Nikon Coolpix L840 is 76% (based on 6 reviews).
User review Rating is moderately Worse
The average user rating of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 83%, whereas the average user rating of the Nikon Coolpix L840 is 85% (based on 70 reviews).
8 Reasons Against
0.039999999999999MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L840 has a total megapixel count of 16.76MP, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 16.8MP digital camera (0.039999999999999MP more).
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L840 has an optical zoom of 38x, but the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 42x optical zoom digital camera (4x bigger). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

18% shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L840 is an 855mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 153mm shorter than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS (855mm).
20% bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L840 has a minimum ISO speed of 125, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (25 smaller).
Shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L840 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 4s, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 15s maximum shutter speed digital camera (11s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

19% heavier Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L840 is a 538g digital camera. That's 97g heavier than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS (538g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Marginally thicker Edit
Nikon Coolpix L840 is 96mm deep, but the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 91.9mm deep digital camera (4.1mm thinner).
Fewer sellers
Only 4 shops sells the Nikon Coolpix L840, but 8 shops sell the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.

Awards

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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 bridge camera
 bridge camera
Megapixel Count
16MP 16MP
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 3264 x 2176
 2448 x 2448
 3264 x 1832
 2048 x 1536
 1536 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
 4608 x 3456
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 3264 x 2176
 2448 x 2448
 3264 x 1832
 2048 x 1536
 1536 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
 4608 x 3456
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3456
Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixel Count
16.8MP
BEST
16.76MP
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 1:1
 16:9
 1:1
BEST
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
42x
BEST
38x
Digital Zoom
4x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
3.4 3
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
1,008mm
BEST
855mm
Minimum Focal Length
24mm 22.5mm
BEST
Focal Length Range
4.3 - 180.6 4 - 152
Lens
 Wide-angle
 Wide-angle
Lens Structure
13/10 12/9
Combined Zoom
168x Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 single
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.3 - ∞
Macro Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞
Auto Focus Point
9 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Auto
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 64
 125
 640
 6400
 25
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 64
 125
 640
 6400
 25
Maximum ISO Speed
3,200 6,400
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100
BEST
125
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
15s
BEST
4s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Mode
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
Tele Flash Range
1.3 - 3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range
0.5 - 5.5 0.5 - 6.9
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Pre-Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-flash

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
BEST
 1920x1080@30fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 20MB
Memory Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
461,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in socket
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST
Headphone Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone out port

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
Photo Effect
 Art
 Vivid
 Art
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
Tripod Mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mount
Direct Printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Direct printing
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4+ Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Moon
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Moon
Display Language
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
441g
BEST
538g
Height
81.7mm 78.3mm
BEST
Depth
91.9mm
BEST
96mm
Width
120mm 113.5mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
441g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 USB
 Battery
 USB
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 4
BEST
Battery Size
NB-6LH LR6/L40, FR6/L91, EN-MH2
Shot Per Battery Charge
210 shots Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ImageBrowser EX , CameraWindow, PhotoStitch Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
BEST
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi connectivity

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Interface
- USB 2.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Dimension
129.5 x 158 x 177.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range
3.4 - 6.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
TV Out Port
 TV out port
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Continuous Shooting Speed (max)
1.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
Headphone Connectivity
 3.5 mm
 3.5 mm
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