Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

67

Nikon Coolpix P500

63

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Great battery life
Battery life
450 shots
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
12,800 ISO
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/5000 of a second
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P500

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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
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
23 mm vs 24 mm
Help
Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
Help
The P500's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
36x vs 33.8x
Help
More than 10% more zoom
Weight
Lighter
481 g vs 583 g
Help
Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$350.00 vs $398.99
Help
The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (more than 10% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/5000s vs 1/4000s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX200V

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX200V'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
Battery life
Much longer battery life
450 shots vs 220 shots
Help
More than 2x more shots per battery charge
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
Help
Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.7" vs 4.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 2s
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15x 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
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              P500920k dots
              DSC-HX200V921k dots
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              P500Digital
              DSC-HX200VTunnel
              Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              P5001/5000s
              DSC-HX200V1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              P500$350.00
              DSC-HX200V$398.99
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5004.1"
              DSC-HX200V3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P500481 g
              DSC-HX200V583 g
              Size Large Help
              P500116x84x103 mm
              DSC-HX200V122x87x93 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              P5003,200 ISO
              DSC-HX200V1,600 ISO

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P50036x
              DSC-HX200V33.8x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159 - $207

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $600

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $387

              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $349

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $283 - $373

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $200 - $327

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $503

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $275 - $378

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $408 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $360 - $398

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              Nikon Coolpix P500 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
              Nikon Coolpix P500 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

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