As well as being compared against other digicams, the Nikon Coolpix P5100 is also often compared to pro digicams, compacts and super zooms. The Nikon Coolpix P5100's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cybershot DSC-RX100 and the Cyber-shot DSC-W300) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix A900 and the Coolpix 5000)

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P5100 compared to other digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.4), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (12 MP vs 4.9 MP), has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and has a slightly shorter battery life (240 shots vs 300 shots).

Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900
8 years newer
$199 - $397

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the P5100)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the P5100)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.7
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the Coolpix A900 and P5100

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Nikon Coolpix 5000

Nikon Coolpix 5000
6 years older

Significant advantages of the 5000 (vs the P5100)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 5000 (vs the P5100)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 4.9 MP vs 12 MP

common strengths of the 5000 and P5100

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.7
  • Support external flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Nikon Coolpix P50

Nikon Coolpix P50
similar age
$104

Significant advantages of the P50 (vs the P5100)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm

Significant disadvantages of the P50 (vs the P5100)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the P50 and P5100

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.7

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P5100 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.7 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
4 years newer
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the P5100)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.7

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the P5100)

  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and P5100

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot G9

Canon PowerShot G9
similar age
$459

Significant advantages of the G9 (vs the P5100)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the G9 (vs the P5100)

  • None found

common strengths of the G9 and P5100

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7800
6 years newer
$1,064

Significant advantages of the P7800 (vs the P5100)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.7

Significant disadvantages of the P7800 (vs the P5100)

  • None found

common strengths of the P7800 and P5100

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Tunnel

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 years newer
$382

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the P5100)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.7
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the P5100)

  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S100 and P5100

  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon Coolpix P300
3 years newer
$631

Significant advantages of the P300 (vs the P5100)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.7
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P300 (vs the P5100)

  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the P300 and P5100

  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon Coolpix P6000

Nikon Coolpix P6000
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the P6000 (vs the P5100)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the P6000 (vs the P5100)

  • None found

common strengths of the P6000 and P5100

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P5100 compared to compact competitors include: it supports an external flash.

However, on average it is significantly larger (mid size (98×65×41 mm) vs compact (94×59×27 mm)), has a significantly shorter battery life (240 shots vs 300 shots), is older (august 2007 vs february 2008), is thicker (1.6" vs 1.1") and is slightly heavier (250 g vs 187 g).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300
5 months newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-W300 (vs the P5100)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (94×59×27 mm) vs Mid size (98×65×41 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 240 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W300 (vs the P5100)

  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-W300 and P5100

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.7
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon P5100 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.5), is slightly smaller (mid size (98×65×41 mm) vs standard size (109×74×78 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), is thinner (1.6" vs 3.1") and is slightly lighter (250 g vs 406 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), lacks and external mic jack and is older (august 2007 vs february 2010).

Nikon Coolpix L110

Nikon Coolpix L110
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the L110 (vs the P5100)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the L110 (vs the P5100)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.7
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the L110 and P5100

  • Very small: Standard size (109×74×78 mm) vs Mid size (98×65×41 mm)
  • Very light: 406 g vs 250 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"