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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 105x62x35 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P500

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Zoom More zoom 36x vs 18x
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4x more zoom
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Wide angle Better wide angle 23 mm vs 25 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Size Significantly smaller 105x62x35 mm vs 116x84x103 mm
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4.4x smaller
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Thickness Much thinner 1.4" vs 4.1"
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2.9x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 214 g vs 481 g
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2.2x lighter
Battery life Longer battery life 270 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $219.00 vs $325.00
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The best price we've seen is $106 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              P500:920k dots
              S9100:921k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.5

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $323 - $377

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $299

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $324 - $430

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $447

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $224

              3D Takes 3D photos
              GPS Has a GPS
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $175

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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              discussion

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