Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon Coolpix L810

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Nikon Coolpix L810

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 111x76x83 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon L810

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the L810's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
111x76x83 mm vs 116x84x103 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Battery life
Longer battery life
300 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
3.3" vs 4.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
430 g vs 481 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$309.99 vs $350.00
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The best price we've seen is $40 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon P500

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
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
Zoom
More zoom
36x vs 25.4x
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More than 2x more zoom
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.2 fps
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Around 8.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P500's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/5000s vs 1/1500s
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3.3x faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              L810:921k dots
              P500:920k dots
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L810:3.3"
              P500:4.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              L810:430 g
              P500:481 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L810:1,600 ISO
              P500:3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              L810:111x76x83 mm
              P500:116x84x103 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L810:25.4x
              P500:36x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189 - $227

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149 - $270

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $343 body only

              $385 - $403 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $313

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $179

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $299 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $329

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $404

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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