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

Nikon D5100 vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Winner
Nikon D5100

52

Nikon Coolpix P500

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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 D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Size Slightly smaller
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$326 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Battery life Much longer battery life
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$402 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Weight Lighter
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

Super zoom

$199 - $257

Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Super zoom

$240 - $249

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Size Significantly smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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
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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