Updated (February 2011): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Nikon Coolpix P100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

66

Nikon Coolpix P100

60

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
23 mm
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P500.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P100.

competitors

Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

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Nikon Coolpix P1000

Super zoom

$997

Zoom Much more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Size Much larger
Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$829 body only

$949 with 15-45mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900

Super zoom

$479 - $597

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Size Significantly larger

Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix L310

Nikon Coolpix L310

Super zoom

Wide angle Better wide angle
Size Smaller
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Super zoom

$238

Wide angle Better wide angle
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Super zoom

$598

Wide angle Better wide angle
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

discussion

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Ticklepillow (8:30 AM, February 28, 2012)
everyone seems to forget that the P100 has the better 2.8 lens, I have had mine for over a year now, and can't find anything to better it in bridge terms. Longer distance just makes for shakier pictures. your better off grabbing a bargain with the P100. 
 
vics (6:57 PM, July 28, 2011)
Why is the P500 cheaper than the P100?
 
Robinjain (7:42 PM, April 14, 2011)
Can You please let me choose which is better between nikon P500 or Canon equivalent.Coz a lot of consumers are speaking against the P500 poor image quality during magnification as the output expected in the price they boast of.

Leaving apart the specs,how mush high they may be,but what matters is what image clarity it can produce at last.
The very negative images in blogs is confusing me to buy a nikon model.

Please help me admin..
 
Robinjain (7:37 PM, April 14, 2011)
Confused about whether P500 is better than L120 since most of the consumers had bad comments over P500 image quality leave apart the specs here.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:27 PM, April 05, 2011)
Thanks, we'll get that updated!
 
Albert (6:25 AM, April 01, 2011)
p500 sensor size is worng...it is 1/2,3' ... check on
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Compact-Digital-Cameras/26256/COOLPIX-P500.html#tab-ProductDetail.ProductTabs.TechSpecs
 
Neoking488 (5:28 AM, March 22, 2011)
Hi... I love photography a lot and I have been looking for a slr camera just like Nikon P100, I have researched a lot, and I have also tested Nikon P100, this camera is brilliant....am gonna buy this for my birthday this month end.
 
Nikkimodell (6:36 PM, March 08, 2011)
Sounds like I should just go w. P100 and save a bit of $. The extra zoom isnt critical.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:42 PM, March 03, 2011)
You're right, they are pretty similar. Which specs did you hope they'd improve?

I noticed that the aperture got smaller (f/2.8 down to f/3.5), I imagine thats a sacrifice they had to make to make the lens wider and longer.

Also, Snapsort shows them having the same "true" resolution because they basically have the same sensor size, however, the P500 actually has 12MP vs the P100's 10MP, we just don't think that will add any detail to the images given how small the sensor is.
 
mac (11:47 AM, March 03, 2011)
why it did not improve?
 
mac (11:46 AM, March 03, 2011)
why is it that nikon p500 specs is lower than p100?..only the zoom was improve and the wide angle.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:57 PM, February 16, 2011)
Which camera are you referring to, the P500 or the P100?
 
needacamera (11:45 AM, February 16, 2011)
This or Sony hx1???