As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Nikon Coolpix P500 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless, waterproofs and travel zooms. The Nikon Coolpix P500's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix P600 and the Coolpix P520) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and the Lumix DMC-ZS45)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P500 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has a screen which flips out, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/5000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/3), has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (23 mm vs 20 mm), has a much shorter battery life (220 shots vs 700 shots), is older (february 2011 vs february 2014) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the P500)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly better wide angle: 20 mm vs 23 mm
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the P500)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/5000 of a second

common strengths of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and P500

  • Light weight: 616 g vs 481 g

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
3 years newer
$700

Significant advantages of the P600 (vs the P500)

  • Much longer battery life: 330 shots vs 220 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the P600 (vs the P500)

  • None found

common strengths of the P600 and P500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Professional size (116×84×103 mm)
  • Light weight: 565 g vs 481 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 4.1"

Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520
2 years newer
$337

Significant advantages of the P520 (vs the P500)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Wider aperture: f/3 vs f/3.5
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the P520 (vs the P500)

  • None found

common strengths of the P520 and P500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×84×102 mm) vs Professional size (116×84×103 mm)
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 481 g
  • Thin: 4" vs 4.1"

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
4 years newer
$237

Significant advantages of the L340 (vs the P500)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 23 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 960 shots vs 220 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L340 (vs the P500)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the L340 and P500

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Professional size (116×84×103 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 481 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 4.1"

Fujifilm FinePix S6800

Fujifilm FinePix S6800
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the S6800 (vs the P500)

  • Much longer battery life: 700 shots vs 220 shots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the S6800 (vs the P500)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the S6800 and P500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (122×93×100 mm) vs Professional size (116×84×103 mm)
  • Light weight: 523 g vs 481 g
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 4.1"

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
1 year newer
$299

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the P500)

  • Wider aperture: f/3 vs f/3.5
  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the P500)

  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the P510 and P500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Professional size (116×84×103 mm)
  • Light weight: 555 g vs 481 g
  • Thin: 4" vs 4.1"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
similar age

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the P500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the P500)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3i and P500

  • None found

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
1 year older
$340 (body only)

Significant advantages of the T1i (vs the P500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T1i (vs the P500)

  • None found

common strengths of the T1i and P500

  • None found

Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D
4 years older

Significant advantages of the K10D (vs the P500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K10D (vs the P500)

  • None found

common strengths of the K10D and P500

  • None found

Pentax K-m

Pentax K-m
2 years older

Significant advantages of the K-m (vs the P500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-m (vs the P500)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-m and P500

  • None found

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the P500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the P500)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5300 and P500

  • None found

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
1 year older
$637 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the P500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the P500)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3000 and P500

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P500 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a viewfinder (digital vs none), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a screen which flips out and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24.7 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm).

Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000
1 year newer
$360 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX1000 (vs the P500)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the NX1000 (vs the P500)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the NX1000 and P500

  • Inexpensive: $360.00 vs $545.98

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$363 - $448 (body only)
$450 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the P500)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the P500)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the A5100 and P500

  • Inexpensive: $362.87 vs $545.98
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P500 compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a built-in flash, has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (23 mm vs 8 mm), is much larger (professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs compact (98×58×34 mm)), lacks and external mic jack and is older (february 2011 vs october 2011).

GoPro HD Hero 2

GoPro HD Hero 2
8 months newer

Significant advantages of the HD Hero 2 (vs the P500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the HD Hero 2 (vs the P500)

  • None found

common strengths of the HD Hero 2 and P500

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P500 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (23 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has a screen which flips out, has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/5000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is slightly larger (professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs compact (104×63×33 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and has a much shorter battery life (220 shots vs 660 shots).

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
5 years newer
$179 - $249

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the P500)

  • Smaller: Compact (97×57×28 mm) vs Professional size (116×84×103 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer battery life: 295 shots vs 220 shots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the P500)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Shoots significantly slower: 2.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the PowerShot SX620 HS and P500

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
3 years newer
$552

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the P500)

  • Much longer battery life: 350 shots vs 220 shots
  • Smaller: Compact (108×60×32 mm) vs Professional size (116×84×103 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the P500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/5000 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-ZS45 and P500

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100
similar age
$360

Significant advantages of the S9100 (vs the P500)

  • Significantly thinner: 1.4" vs 4.1"

Significant disadvantages of the S9100 (vs the P500)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/5000 of a second

common strengths of the S9100 and P500

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700
3 years newer
$470

Significant advantages of the S9700 (vs the P500)

  • Has a GPS
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the S9700 (vs the P500)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/5000 of a second

common strengths of the S9700 and P500

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix L620

Nikon Coolpix L620
2 years newer
$380

Significant advantages of the L620 (vs the P500)

  • Much longer battery life: 660 shots vs 220 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 4.1"

Significant disadvantages of the L620 (vs the P500)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the L620 and P500

  • None found

Fujifilm Finepix F600 EXR

Fujifilm Finepix F600 EXR
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the F600 EXR (vs the P500)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 220 shots
  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 4.1"

Significant disadvantages of the F600 EXR (vs the P500)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the F600 EXR and P500

  • None found