Canon PowerShot SX540 HS vs Nikon Coolpix P520 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Superzoom cameras.

PowerShot SX540 HS vs Coolpix P520 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS vs Nikon Coolpix P520 Specs

PowerShot SX540 HS

  • Introduced in January 2016
  • Superzoom
  • Sensor: Compact
  • 20 megapixel
  • 6 frames/second
  • 100 - 3200 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor
  • Zoom 24-1200mm (50x), f3.4-6.5
  • WiFi built-in
  • 120.0 x 81.7 x 91.9mm³ (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6")
  • 442g (14.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for PowerShot SX540 HS

Coolpix P520

  • Introduced in March 2013
  • Superzoom
  • Sensor: Compact
  • 18 megapixel
  • 7 frames/second
  • 80 - 3200 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Zoom 24-1000mm (42x), f3.0-5.9
  • No WiFi
  • 125.2 x 84.1 x 101.6mm³ (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.0")
  • 550g (17.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Coolpix P520

PowerShot SX540 HS vs Coolpix P520: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format, Compact.

The Compact sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 28mm² (0.04 sq.in.).

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS VS Nikon Coolpix P520 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Canon PowerShot SX540 HS a better choice

PowerShot SX540 HS

Coolpix P520

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)20.3018.10
Longer battery life (3, photos)205200
Weighs less (2)442g
(14.3 oz.)
550g
(17.7 oz.)
More portable (2)901cm³
(57 cu.in.)
1070cm³
(67 cu.in.)
WiFi (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS are the higher resolution, that the battery has more stamina and the lower weight than the Coolpix P520. Another advantage over the Coolpix P520: the more compact size and the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection.

The PowerShot SX540 HS scores 14 points.

Otherwise why to choose Nikon Coolpix P520

PowerShot SX540 HS

Coolpix P520

Higher speed (4, frames/second)67
Better sensibility (4)100 - 3200 ISO80 - 3200 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.460.92
Articulated monitor (2)
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Coolpix P520 are that the camera is faster, the larger sensitivity and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the articulated display and the built-in GPS.

Yields 14 points for the Coolpix P520.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

PowerShot SX540 HS

Coolpix P520

Sensor formatCompactCompact
Built-in flash
Image stabilizer
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS VS Nikon Coolpix P520 Dimensions

Look at front view of the PowerShot SX540 HS and Coolpix P520

PowerShot SX540 HS und Coolpix P520, front viewPowerShot SX540 HS und Coolpix P520, front view

Top view of cameras

PowerShot SX540 HS und Coolpix P520, view from abovePowerShot SX540 HS und Coolpix P520, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Nikon Coolpix P520

14
14

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