Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix P500

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon Coolpix S9100

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Nikon Coolpix S9100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/5000 of a second
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Size
Really small
Compact 105x62x35 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Thickness
Thin
1.4"
Weight
Light-weight
214 g
 

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
Significantly 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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/5000s vs 1/2000s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
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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
$264.50 vs $350.00
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The best price we've seen is $86 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              P500:920k dots
              S9100:921k dots
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.5

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              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
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $321

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $222 - $300

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $275

              3D Takes 3D photos
              GPS Has a GPS
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $60

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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