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

Nikon Coolpix P500

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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
 

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
 
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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 $324.00 vs $598.00
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The best price we've seen is $274 cheaper (around 50% 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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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 flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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-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 Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              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

              $397

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $627 - $667

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $313

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Captures 3D images
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $398

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              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
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 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

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $429

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $315 - $405

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $616

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Entry-level DSLR

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

              Super zoom

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Super zoom

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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              Nikon Coolpix P500 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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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.