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

Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

57

Nikon D5100

54

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
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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 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
Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840

Super zoom

$216

Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600

Super zoom

$300

Zoom Much more zoom
HDR Has in-camera HDR
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$460 body only

$369 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$350 body only

$390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$597 body only

$478 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
GPS Has a GPS
Battery life Slightly 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