Updated (February 2011): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

59

Nikon Coolpix P500

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Great battery life
Battery life
410 shots
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Long exposures
Longest exposure
30 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/5000 of a second

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-HX100v or Nikon P500

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P500.
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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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 27 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Zoom
More zoom
36x vs 30x
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More than 40% more zoom
Weight
Lighter
481 g vs 577 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$399.99 vs $469.99
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 10% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly 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-HX100v

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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-HX100v's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Battery life
Much longer battery life
410 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 2s
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15x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.7" vs 4.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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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-HX100v921k dots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              P5001/5000s
              DSC-HX100v1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5004.1"
              DSC-HX100v3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P500481 g
              DSC-HX100v577 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              P500116×84×103 mm
              DSC-HX100v122×87×93 mm

              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              P5001/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
              DSC-HX100v1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              9.7 MP
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              P5001080p @ 30fps
              DSC-HX100v1080p @ 60fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $461

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $444

              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

              $349 - $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
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $370 - $398

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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 P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $386

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $350

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              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
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Size Slightly larger

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428 - $448

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $643

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Size Significantly smaller
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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              Nikon Coolpix P500 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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              Showing 25 comments

              sb (2:45 AM, May 23, 2012)
              you will not be disapointed  with it, the only thing i dont like is the pictures dont look as good as the lcd shows when the pic is taken, it does take nice pictures though, but dont expect them to be as good as what you see on the screen.  the other cameras i bought and returned were 2nd place; canon sx30   distant 3rd  nikon p500  .     i dont know about the newest models out now, i bought mine last year, it works perfect
               
              Isaac Barker (3:37 PM, May 22, 2012)
              thanks i will go for the sony because it seems everybody who has owned both has said the sony in much much better
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:34 PM, April 09, 2012)
              We will fix that up soon
               
              Kunalgupta1983 (3:03 PM, April 07, 2012)
              One thing mentioned wrong in this comparison. I am using HX 100. It can take 3d images, view able on both camera screen and 3d TV
               
              sb (2:03 PM, March 15, 2012)
               forgot to tell u battery life is low 220 shots on nikon, sony is like 400 shots, big differrence
               
              Bbrazon (1:59 PM, March 15, 2012)
              had both hx100v and p500 took about 100 pics with each one, sony by far, and the video is a lot better, hope it helps
               
              sb (1:56 PM, March 15, 2012)
              i bought a nikon p 500, took a lot of pics and video , wasn't impressed at all rate it 75 0ut of 100 , took back and bought canon sx 30, better camera nice pics and color, except purple fringing on some pics and i didn't like the lcd screen seems like the pics aren't goin to be good rate it at 87, talked to customer support and they sent me a owners manual and they was english speaking and very helpful.  buy i read good things about sony hx100v, very impressive camera once you get used to it, the lcd screen is crystal clear, it would be nice if the pic came out as good as they look on the lcd, thats the only thing i am disapointed about, but i rate it a 92 out of 100, i like the lcd.    compaerd pis of all 3 cameras together and to me the sony came out on top , barely over canon and nikon distant 3rd. i asked many people their preference in the pics some liked the color of canon better, but the sony was a little more crisp and more realistic to some.  i m very happy with the sony, but i wish the canon had a better lcd i would have kept that .   if you take videos the sony blows them all lout of the water very impressive, but i dont take many videos
               
              Max_y (8:54 AM, March 07, 2012)
              agree 100%
               
              anubhabRay (5:08 AM, March 04, 2012)
              is it really out of kolkata?? jah amio kintaam... have u knocked all the stores?
               
              Chapindiaz (5:19 PM, February 15, 2012)
              $399 at micro center
               
              Tgmohnraj (5:18 AM, February 13, 2012)
              Hi,
              Can any one suggest me between HX 100 And P500 which is good stability and better performance.
               
              Nishi Vaidya11 (9:21 AM, February 05, 2012)
              Close ur eyes and go for hx100
               
               
              Banerjeesurath49 (11:05 AM, January 23, 2012)
              Interested to get one Sony HX100V but the product is presently out of calcutta market, can any one suggest what is the next best high zoom camera?
               
              Philo Beddoe (6:21 AM, December 31, 2011)
              I can't say I have noticed any issues between battery life and the GPS, though I normally just leave the GPS on all the time (and battery life seems acceptable to me.)
              One thing I will say about the GPS is that although I love the feature and think it is great information to tag to photos (most of the time), the GPS is slow to get locked in when I turn the camera on. Even standing outside in the open, it seems to take several minutes to acquire enough satellites to get a signal lock.
               
              Avatar for sumedh sumedh (5:39 AM, December 31, 2011)
              hiiii.....obviously i am gonna buy a SONY. doesnt matter wt de ss says ..its always a SONY. but can any 1 tell me if the GPS feature makes any difference on the battery life....coz i take a lot of pics from buildings to benches n nature to people......
               
              Zapatal (4:29 AM, December 31, 2011)
               429.00 at best buy and  at sony online  this week for the  sony  HX100v
               
              Zapatal (4:28 AM, December 31, 2011)
               429.00 at best buy and  at sony online  this week for the  sony  HX100v
               
              Avatar for ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds (7:19 PM, December 23, 2011)
              what i mean is that it can take still images every tenth of a second when set in burst mode, but unlike the nikon, it cannot take high speed movies. High speed movies really means slo-motion movies, the camera records footage as if you were recording normaly, but instead of a usual 30fps, the camera takes it in 240fps, so when it is played back, it appears much slower, for example if you record someone dropping a laptop on the floor in high speed, say it took 1 second from dropping to it hitting the ground, when played back, it will seem much slower and will look as if it took 10 seconds to hit the ground.
               
              Asusmitadh (4:42 PM, December 23, 2011)
              can you help me in explaining that sony hx100v cannot record high speed movies what do u mean by that
               
              Avatar for ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds (1:32 AM, December 23, 2011)
              These are all statistics. In real life, (i have both cameras) the much worse stability of the nikon makes the full extent of zoom unusable unless on a tripod, unlike the sony, which has amazing steadyshot. This site also hasn't taked into consideration digital zoom the total zoom for both camera's is the same at 120X. 1080p on the nikon isn't very good, due to an amazingly noisy focus, unlike the sony silent focus. Having said this, both camera's do extreamly well in the bright outdoors, so long as you dont zoom with the nikon, which is also a bit crummy at low light shots. I would spend the extra for a camera you won't get frustrated with, the sony hx100v.
               
              Avatar for ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds (1:23 AM, December 23, 2011)
              when including digital zoom, they're both the same (120X) Also i have both camera's and in real life, the 36X is not usable do to the shake you get if your not using a tripod, unlike with the sony.
               
              Avatar for ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds (1:21 AM, December 23, 2011)
              i have both cams, in real life, the sony looks better than nikon, if you include digital zoom, both cams have the sam (120X) it is not really a less angled lens, nikon use a slight fisheye effect which gives the image more angle, aand the sony sensor is as good as nikons bsi
               
              Avatar for ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds (1:18 AM, December 23, 2011)
              but not highspeed movie shooting unfortunatley :/
               
              Avatar for ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds (1:18 AM, December 23, 2011)
              yes, 2fps, and 10fps
               
              Avatar for ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds ruebenroiwe fasgfsafds (1:17 AM, December 23, 2011)
              sony HX100v! statisticaly, the nikon seems slightly better, but in the real, the sony is much better ( i have both cams) im no fan of sony (hate their sony viao laptops) but when i bought this half a year ago, i was blown away by quality, and quite disappointed with the nikon's in the dark, whilst zoomed in, the only good thing i can find about it is pretty amazing outdoor photos when not zoomed in.