Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Nikon Coolpix P500

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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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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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
Zoom More zoom 36x vs 24x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle 23 mm vs 25 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
Weight Slightly lighter 481 g vs 528 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $328.00 vs $383.73
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The best price we've seen is $56 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ150's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Battery life Much longer battery life 410 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Size Slightly smaller 124x82x92 mm vs 116x84x103 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 12 fps vs 10 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 3.6" vs 4.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 2s
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15x longer exposures
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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
              P500:240 fps
              DMC-FZ150:220 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              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
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P500:4.1"
              DMC-FZ150:3.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P500:481 g
              DMC-FZ150:528 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              P500:None
              DMC-FZ150:6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              P500:116x84x103 mm
              DMC-FZ150:124x82x92 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              P500:10 fps
              DMC-FZ150:12 fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P500:36x
              DMC-FZ150:24x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $339 - $397

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Records less high-speed movies
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405 - $434

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $167 - $227

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $399

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              High-speed framerate Records less high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $429

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $550

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $379 body only

              $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Color depth Has much more color depth
              Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $339

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $250 - $297

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $343 - $600

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $232 - $330

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $390 - $400

              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $798 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Size Significantly larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $999

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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              Paginamorata (1:26 AM, March 19, 2012)
              la bateria de la coolpix no dispara mas que unos 120 150 disparos, la p 500 no tiene zapata para flash exterior la panasonic si y la panasonic no llega a los 400 euros , la p 500 no tiene raw la panasonic si la p 500 utiliza mas luz que la panasonic lo cual es un problema