Canon PowerShot SX520 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S6900

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Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
Nikon Coolpix S6900

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Reasons For

10 Reasons For
1% more total megapixels Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 16.8MP digital camera. That's 0.039999999999999MP more than the Nikon Coolpix S6900 (16.76MP).
72% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 42x optical zoom digital camera. That's 30x bigger than the Nikon Coolpix S6900 (12x). 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.

Vastly longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,008mm, however the Nikon Coolpix S6900 is only a 300mm maximum focal length digital camera (708mm shorter).
5% shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 24mm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 1mm shorter than the Nikon Coolpix S6900 (25mm).
25% smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has an ISO sensitivity (min) of 100. That's 25 smaller than the Nikon Coolpix S6900 (125).
Longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a slowest camera shutter speed of 15s. That's 11s longer than the Nikon Coolpix S6900 (4s). Read more

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

1% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a display resolution (numeric) of 461,000 pixels. That's 1,000 pixels higher than the Nikon Coolpix S6900 (460,000 pixels).
210.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS takes 210.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Nikon Coolpix S6900 only takes 190.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Marginally better expert reviews
Based on 14 expert reviews, the average review score of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 72%, whereas the average rating of the Nikon Coolpix S6900 is 69% (based on 11 reviews).
Better user reviews
Based on 44 user reviews, the average review score of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 83%, whereas the average rating of the Nikon Coolpix S6900 is 76% (based on 11 reviews).
5 Reasons For
Marginally smaller maximum aperture number Edit
Nikon Coolpix S6900 is 6.6 maximum aperture, but the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is only a 6 maximum aperture digital camera (0.6 bigger).
4% smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a 3.3 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.1 smaller than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS (3.3).
A lot higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is only a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (3,200 lower).
A lot higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S6900 has a motion JPEG frame rate of 60fps, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is only a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps lower).
Vastly lighter Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a 181g digital camera. That's 260g lighter than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS (181g). 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.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
10% bigger maximum aperture number Edit
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is only 6 maximum aperture. That's 0.6 bigger than the Nikon Coolpix S6900 (6.6).
0.1 larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 3.4 minimum aperture digital camera, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a 3.3 minimum aperture digital camera (0.1 smaller).
3,200 lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 3,200 lower than the Nikon Coolpix S6900 (6,400).
Vastly lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a motion JPEG frame rate of 30fps. That's 30fps lower than the Nikon Coolpix S6900 (60fps).
Vastly heavier Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX520 HS has a weight of 441g, however the Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a 181g digital camera (260g lighter). 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.

11 Reasons Against
Marginally less total megapixels Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S6900 has a total megapixels of 16.76MP, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 16.8MP digital camera (0.039999999999999MP more).
3x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S6900 has an optical zoom of 12x, but the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 42x optical zoom digital camera (30x 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.

Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S6900 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 300mm. That's 708mm shorter than the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS (300mm).
A little longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a 25mm minimum focal length digital camera, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 24mm minimum focal length digital camera (1mm shorter).
20% bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S6900 has an ISO sensitivity (min) of 125, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (25 smaller).
Three times shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S6900 has a slowest 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.

Marginally lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S6900 has a display resolution (numeric) of 460,000 pixels, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is a 461,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (1,000 pixels higher).
Twenty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S6900 takes 190.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS only takes 210.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

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Slightly Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Nikon Coolpix S6900 is only 69%, whereas the average expert rating of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 72% (based on 14 reviews).
Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Nikon Coolpix S6900 is only 76%, whereas the average user rating of the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is 83% (based on 44 reviews).

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
BEST
Megapixel
16MP 16MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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
 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
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3456
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixels
16.8MP
BEST
16.76MP
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 1:1
 16:9
 1:1
BEST
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
42x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom
4x 4x
Maximum Aperture Number
6 6.6
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
3.4 3.3
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,008mm
BEST
300mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm
BEST
25mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.3 - 180.6 4.5 - 54
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
13/10 9/7
Combined Zoom
168x Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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 (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.5 - ∞
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.02 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5 - ∞
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Auto
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.5 - ∞
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200 6,400
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100
BEST
125
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s
BEST
4s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Range (tele)
1.3 - 3 1.5 - 1
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 5.5 0.5 - 2.8
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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 60fps
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
BEST
 PCM

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 30MB

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
461,000 pixels
BEST
460,000 pixels
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Zoom (max)
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 Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4+ Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
441g 181g
BEST
Height
81.7mm 58mm
Depth
91.9mm 27.9mm
Width
120mm 99.4mm
Weight (including Battery)
441g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
NB-6LH EN-EL19
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
210 shots
BEST
190 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ImageBrowser EX, CameraWindow, PhotoStitch Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
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