Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

52

Nikon D5100

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.6 EV
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P500.

competitors

Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840

Super zoom

$159 - $197

Aperture Wider aperture
Battery life Longer battery life
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900

Super zoom

$498 - $597

Zoom Much more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Size Significantly larger
Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830

Super zoom

$150

Aperture Wider aperture
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$279 body only

$349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
True resolution Higher true resolution
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$309 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$393 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Better image quality
Battery life Shorter battery life

discussion

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bobby boy (3:45 PM, March 24, 2012)
why would you even try to compare these 2 cameras. a thousand dollar DSLR vs a $300 ultra zoom point and shoot. its like trying to race a ford fiesta vs a corvette. obvious who the winner was gonna be
 
Balraj (2:40 PM, November 12, 2011)
yeah, just wanted to see how a 40k DSLR stacks up against a 20k Premium fixed Zooooooooom
lens
 
jitendra India (Delhi) (8:26 AM, July 08, 2011)
it a really good site for comparison, i did not seen information like this anywhere, appreciated