Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v


Nikon Coolpix P500



Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Built-in 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
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/5000 of a second


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P500.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v.


Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Super zoom

$348 - $356

Zoom Significantly more zoom
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Size Larger
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Travel zoom

$399 - $428

Size Significantly smaller
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$548 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Many more focus points
True resolution Much higher true resolution
GPS No built-in GPS

Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840

Super zoom

$160 - $167

Aperture Wider aperture
Battery life Much longer battery life
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix P610

Nikon Coolpix P610

Super zoom

$305 - $397

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900

Super zoom

$597 - $600

Zoom Much more zoom
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies


Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v
Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Nikon Coolpix P500
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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)
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.