Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Nikon Coolpix P5100

Nikon Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix P5100

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Nikon Coolpix P5100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P5100

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Size
Really small
Mid size 98x65x41 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
1.6"
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 35 mm
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More than 30% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
41.7x vs 3.5x
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More than 140.5x more zoom
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
380 ms vs 680 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Macro focus
Better macro capability
2 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 2,000 ISO
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The P510's maximum light sensitivity is 0.7 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$499.99 vs $714.74
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The best price we've seen is $215 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon P5100

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Size
Significantly smaller
98x65x41 mm vs 120x83x102 mm
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3.9x smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the P5100's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.6" vs 4"
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2.5x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
250 g vs 555 g
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2.2x lighter
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Battery life
Longer battery life
240 shots vs 200 shots
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20% more shots per battery charge
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              P510:Digital
              P5100:Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              P510:$499.99
              P5100:$714.74
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              P510:380 ms
              P5100:680 ms
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              P510:200 shots
              P5100:240 shots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $339

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Nikon Coolpix P5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $140

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Nikon Coolpix P6000

              Nikon Coolpix P6000

              Pro digicam

              $600

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              GPS Has a GPS
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $870

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Weight Heavier
              Placeholder

              Canon PowerShot G5

              Pro digicam

              $699

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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