Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 
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Advantages of the Nikon P500

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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 faster 10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight Slightly lighter 481 g vs 505 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 12.5x larger sensor
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 550 shots vs 220 shots
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2.5x more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Size Slightly smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 116x84x103 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 4.1"
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Around 30% thinner
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 2s
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15x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              P500:Digital
              D3100:Pentamirror
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P500:4.1"
              D3100:2.9"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P500:481 g
              D3100:505 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              P500:116x84x103 mm
              D3100:124x96x73 mm
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $225 - $389 body only

              $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $548 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $160 - $227

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $627 - $667

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $312

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $429

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

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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              discussion

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              Jolly Samar (10:34 AM, February 21, 2012)
              Please let me whether ..DLSR 3100 /5100 better than Sony HX 100V