Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Nikon Coolpix P100

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Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon Coolpix P100

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/5000 of a second
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
190 ms shutter lag
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P500

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 26 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
36x vs 26.1x
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More than 90% more zoom
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/5000s vs 1/2000s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon P100

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the P100's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Size
Slightly smaller
114×83×99 mm vs 116×84×103 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.9" vs 4.1"
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Almost the same
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
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5004.1"
              P1003.9"
              Weight Heavy Help
              481 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              P500116×84×103 mm
              P100114×83×99 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              481 g
              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P50036x
              P10026.1x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297 - $327

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $260

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $286 - $366

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

              Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Super zoom

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L100

              Nikon Coolpix L100

              Super zoom

              $290

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $210

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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              discussion

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              Showing 13 comments

              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???