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

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

70

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Nikon Coolpix P500

57

Nikon Coolpix P500

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 13x larger sensor
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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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
              D5100:Pentamirror
              P500:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5100:3.1"
              P500:4.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D5100:560 g
              P500:481 g
              Size Large Help
              D5100:127x96x78 mm
              P500:116x84x103 mm
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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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