Updated (February 2011): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

56

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

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
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
230 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
390 shots
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps

Items often bought with the Nikon P500 or Sony DSC-HX1

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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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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
Screen resolution
Significantly 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
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
Slightly lighter
481 g vs 544 g
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More than 10% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly 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
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 2s
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15x longer exposures
Thickness
Thinner
3.6" vs 4.1"
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More than 10% thinner
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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
              1.0 cm
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              P5001/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
              DSC-HX11/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              P5009.7 MP
              DSC-HX18.1 MP
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              P5001080p @ 30fps
              DSC-HX11,440 x 1,080 @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $485

              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

              $810

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $379

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              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 P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $248 - $250

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $205

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348 - $370

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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              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.