Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix P500

57

Nikon Coolpix P500

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P500

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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
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 2 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
220 shots vs 200 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
481 g vs 555 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$350.00 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon P510

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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/3.0 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the P510's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 36x
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More than 30% more zoom
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
8s vs 2s
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4x longer exposures
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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
              P500:920k dots
              P510:921k dots
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              P500:36x
              P510:41.7x
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P500:4.1"
              P510:4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P500:481 g
              P510:555 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              P500:220 shots
              P510:200 shots
              Size Large Help
              P500:116x84x103 mm
              P510:120x83x102 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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $339

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $246

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $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
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $604

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

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon Coolpix P510.

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:45 PM, January 28, 2013)
              Thanks, we will fix that up.
               
              Alex (2:41 PM, January 27, 2013)
              Correction: The P510 has an 8 second max exposure time. :)
               
              Tonphson (4:42 PM, May 15, 2012)
              natureza e familia muito bem fotografado pela P 500
               
              Ddddd (10:15 AM, March 17, 2012)
              I think you'll find the p500 has in camera panorama (:
               
              Burts (7:10 PM, March 08, 2012)
              The Nikon Coolpix P500 is an excellent camera! Pitty mine got stolen out of my car!