Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Battery life
Great battery life
410 shots
GPS
Built-in 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
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Nikon P500

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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
Wide angle Better wide angle 23 mm vs 27 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Zoom More zoom 36x vs 30x
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More than 40% more zoom
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $328.00 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $372 cheaper (2.1x less)
Weight Lighter 481 g vs 577 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Aperture 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 Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness 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 Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              P500:920k dots
              DSC-HX100v:921k dots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P500:4.1"
              DSC-HX100v:3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P500:481 g
              DSC-HX100v:577 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              P500:116x84x103 mm
              DSC-HX100v:122x87x93 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              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
              P500:36x
              DSC-HX100v:30x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $339 - $397

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $227

              Size Is slightly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405 - $434

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              External flash Supports an external flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $298 - $368

              Size Is significantly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $339

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $399

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $265 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $999

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger

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              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.