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

Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon Coolpix P100

60

Nikon Coolpix P100

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
190 ms shutter lag
 
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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
Zoom More zoom 36x vs 26.1x
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More than 90% more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle 23 mm vs 26 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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Advantages of the Nikon P100

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Aperture 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 114x83x99 mm vs 116x84x103 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 Common Weaknesses
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
        240 fps
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        P500:4.1"
        P100:3.9"
        Weight Heavy Help
        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
        P500:116x84x103 mm
        P100:114x83x99 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
        Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        P500:36x
        P100:26.1x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $427

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        High-speed framerate Records less high-speed movies
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $430

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        High-speed framerate Records less high-speed movies
        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $319

        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
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $395 - $479

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        External flash Supports an external flash
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $197 - $227

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $363 - $390

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

        Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Super zoom

        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

        Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

        Super zoom

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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        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???