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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $135.00 vs $342.00
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The best price we've seen is $207 cheaper (2.5x less)
Weight Slightly lighter 430 g vs 481 g
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More than 10% lighter
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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
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
Zoom More zoom 36x vs 25.4x
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More than 2x more zoom
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

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

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              L810:300 shots
              P500:220 shots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160 - $279

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $255

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $259

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $327 - $347

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $230

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $299 - $390 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 - $3,297 body only

              $3,497 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $188 - $237

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Super zoom

              $149

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $167

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $159 - $300

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

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $427 - $447

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $344 - $390

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $347 - $397

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $427

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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