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

70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

66

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
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
11 fps
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

Super zoom

$199 - $257

Battery life Much longer battery life
Aperture Wider aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix L120

Nikon Coolpix L120

Super zoom

$450

Aperture Wider aperture
Size Smaller
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Super zoom

$320 - $399

Zoom More zoom
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom

$322

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Much better wide angle
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Olympus SP-570 UZ

Olympus SP-570 UZ

Super zoom

$803

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$359 body only

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Supports 24p Supports 24p
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

discussion

Nikon Coolpix P500
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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.