Updated (February 2011): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

54

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/5000 of a second
Large screen
Screen size
3"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Screen size
Large screen
3"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P500.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100.

competitors

Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Super zoom

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

Super zoom

$199 - $257

Battery life Much longer battery life
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510

Super zoom

$364

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
GPS Has a GPS
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Pro digicam

$563 - $679

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Super zoom

Size Slightly smaller
Weight Slightly lighter
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Boutique

$579 - $648

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Built-in flash No built-in flash

discussion

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Jorge (1:48 PM, October 16, 2011)
I want to buy a new camera. I had before the Panasonic DMC-FZ18. I have still doubts between the Nikon Coolpix P500 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100? Which do you recommend or would you buy for yourself? There is so a big difference between Nikon and Leica lenses? Do you recommend another super zoom camera that you think could be better than the mentioned before?

Thanks :)
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:00 PM, August 30, 2011)
Agreed, thats why our comparison points out that the FZ100 shoots raw and the P500 doesn't.  See the Panasonic FZ100 specs.  Panasonic confirms that the FZ100 does shoot raw: "RAW Format Compatible and Included Software for Editing"
 
Lol (11:45 AM, August 30, 2011)
FZ100 ...... RAW = YES.
 
jas.atx (4:37 AM, August 05, 2011)
Do you own either of these cameras? I was automatically going to buy the FZ100 but am strongly considering the P500.
 
guest (0:54 AM, July 15, 2011)
So glad I found the explain scores link, I couldn't understand how the P500 was rated higher.  I understand why Snapsort includes popularity in their scores, but if you take it out of the equation these camera's are practically equal.  As for some of the other ratings:

ISO - high ISO settings are practically useless on both of these cameras, and pretty much anything not a DSLR.
Image stabilization - just awful on the P500, it shouldn't have gotten any points at all for it.

Snapsort is a great place for quick comparisons, but do your research elsewhere as well.