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

70

Nikon Coolpix P500

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Great battery life
Battery life
450 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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
Help
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
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
36x vs 33.8x
Help
More than 10% more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
Help
The P500's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
481 g vs 583 g
Help
Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$425.00 vs $629.93
Help
The best price we've seen is $205 cheaper (more than 30% 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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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.5
Help
At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX200V's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
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
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
Help
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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              P500Digital
              DSC-HX200VTunnel
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              P5001/5000s
              DSC-HX200V1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5004.1"
              DSC-HX200V3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P500481 g
              DSC-HX200V583 g
              Size Large Help
              P500116×84×103 mm
              DSC-HX200V122×87×93 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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              P5001/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
              DSC-HX200V1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P50036x
              DSC-HX200V33.8x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $475

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $503

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $276

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

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $335

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Zoom Less zoom

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $360 - $398

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $459 - $498

              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $298

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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

              discussion

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