Nikon P520 vs Pentax W60

Portability
66
Imaging
44
Features
51
Overall
46
Nikon Coolpix P520 front
 
Pentax Optio W60 front
Portability
94
Imaging
34
Features
21
Overall
28
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Nikon P520 vs Pentax W60 Overview

Following is a comprehensive assessment of the Nikon P520 versus Pentax W60, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Nikon and Pentax. There is a considerable difference among the resolutions of the P520 (18MP) and W60 (10MP) but they feature the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The P520 was brought out 3 years after the W60 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Nikon P520 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax W60 being a Compact camera.

Before getting through a thorough comparison, below is a quick overview of how the P520 matches up vs the W60 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Nikon P520 vs Pentax W60 Key Specs

Nikon P520
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1000mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 550g - 125 x 84 x 102mm
  • Revealed January 2013
  • Superseded the Nikon P510
  • Refreshed by Nikon P530
Pentax W60
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 50 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 165g - 98 x 56 x 25mm
  • Announced July 2009
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Nikon P520 vs Pentax W60 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry your camera frequently, you need to think about its weight and size. The Nikon P520 provides physical measurements of 125mm x 84mm x 102mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.0") with a weight of 550 grams (1.21 lbs) whilst the Pentax W60 has specifications of 98mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") having a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using at the time. Below is a front view proportions comparison of the P520 against the W60.

Nikon P520 vs Pentax W60 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the P520 and W60 is 66 and 94 respectively.

Nikon P520 vs Pentax W60 top view buttons comparison

Nikon P520 vs Pentax W60 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its hard to visualize the difference in sensor sizing merely by going through a spec sheet. The graphic here may offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the P520 and W60.

As you can see, the two cameras come with the identical sensor size but different MP. You should expect to see the Nikon P520 to provide greater detail with its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The more recent P520 should have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon P520 vs Pentax W60 sensor size comparison

Nikon P520 vs Pentax W60 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon P520 vs Pentax W60 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon P520 Portrait photography details
Pentax W60 Portrait photography details
42
has manual focus
resolution is good (18MP)
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
27
focusing manually
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
low resolution sensor (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon P520 as a Street photography camera
Pentax W60 as a Street photography camera
51
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
heavier than competitors in class (550 grams)
54
weather proofing
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon P520 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax W60 as a Sports photography camera
47
long zoom range (24-1000mm 41.7 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (18MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery (200 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
24
weather proofing
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon P520 Travel photography info
Pentax W60 Travel photography info
57
resolution is good (18MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
decently wide (24mm)
great zoom (1000mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
bad battery (200 CIPA)
heavier than competitors in class (550g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
64
weather proofing
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon P520 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax W60 as a Landscape photography camera
46
has manual focus
decently wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3.2 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (18MP)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
bad battery (200 shots)
lack of Time Lapse recording
36
focusing manually
really wide (28mm)
weather proofing
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5")
lack of manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon P520 Vlogging advice
Pentax W60 Vlogging advice
58
decently wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
lack of external mic support
heavier than competitors in class (550g)
25
really wide (28mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone support
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Nikon P520 vs Pentax W60 Specifications

General Information
Company
Nikon
Pentax
Model
Nikon Coolpix P520
Pentax Optio W60
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Small Sensor Compact
Revealed
2013-01-29
2009-07-01
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.16 x 4.62mm
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
28.5mm²
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
18MP
10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
-
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4896 x 3672
3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO
3200
6400
Min native ISO
80
50
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
9
9
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-1000mm (41.7x)
28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.0-5.9
f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance
1cm
1cm
Crop factor
5.8
5.9
Screen
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3.2 inch
2.5 inch
Screen resolution
921k dots
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech
TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
-
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
None
Features
Slowest shutter speed
8s
4s
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000s
1/1500s
Continuous shooting rate
7.0fps
1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
-
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
-
3.90 m (Auto ISO)
Flash settings
-
Auto, On, Off, Soft, Red-eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720, 15fps, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 30/15 fps
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
1280x720
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Optional
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
none
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
550 grams (1.21 lb)
165 grams (0.36 lb)
Physical dimensions
125 x 84 x 102mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.0")
98 x 56 x 25mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
not tested
Other
Battery life
200 images
-
Battery style
Battery Pack
-
Battery model
EN-EL5
D-LI78
Self timer
-
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
1
1
Launch price
$380
$300