Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon D5100 vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Nikon Coolpix P500

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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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.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
660 shots vs 220 shots
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3x more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 4.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 2s
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15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P500

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
481 g vs 560 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5100Pentamirror
              P500Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D51003.1"
              P5004.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D5100560 g
              P500481 g
              Size Large Help
              D5100127x96x78 mm
              P500116x84x103 mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $615 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Size Slightly smaller
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $709 body only

              $1,020 with 55-300mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $349

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $387

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $200 - $327

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159 - $207

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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              discussion

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              Showing 3 comments

              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