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

Nikon Coolpix P500

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
230 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
390 shots
 

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
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
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
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 1440 x 1080 @ 30fps
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Shoots high 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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$350.00 vs $808.84
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The best price we've seen is $459 cheaper (2.3x less)
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm 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
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX1

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Aperture
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
Significantly longer battery life
390 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Slightly smaller
115x83x92 mm vs 116x84x103 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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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 flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P500:4.1"
              DSC-HX1:3.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P500:481 g
              DSC-HX1:544 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              P500:116x84x103 mm
              DSC-HX1:115x83x92 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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P500:36x
              DSC-HX1:20x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $299 - $397

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

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $246

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $604

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              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
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Samsung HZ50W

              Samsung HZ50W

              Super zoom

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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              Nikon Coolpix P500 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
              Nikon Coolpix P500 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              discussion

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              Isaacfrontado (11:56 PM, August 28, 2011)
              I have the sony hx1 then attending snapsort recommendations I bought the nikon p500. the hx1 is way better than the p500, optical stabilizing and some others features make sony a better choice.

              Now I'm selling p500 to buy the sony hx100.