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

Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

65

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/5000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

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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-HX1.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P500

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
23 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% 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 20x
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More than 3x more zoom
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 1,440 x 1,080 @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
True resolution
Higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 8.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm vs 1/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Weight
Lighter
481 g vs 544 g
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More than 10% lighter
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-HX1

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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-HX1's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Battery life
Much longer battery life
390 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Slightly smaller
115×83×92 mm vs 116×84×103 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
3.6" vs 4.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 2s
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15x longer exposures
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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 flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              P5001/5000s
              DSC-HX11/4000s
              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-HX13.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P500481 g
              DSC-HX1544 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              P500116×84×103 mm
              DSC-HX1115×83×92 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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              P5001/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
              DSC-HX11/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P50036x
              DSC-HX120x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              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
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $503

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              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
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $475

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-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-HX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $360 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

              Super zoom

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $145

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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