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

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P5100

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Size
Really small
Mid size 98x65x41 mm
True resolution
High true resolution
12 MP
Thickness
Thin
1.6"
 
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Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Zoom Much more zoom 41.7x vs 3.5x
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More than 140.5x more zoom
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
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 380 ms vs 680 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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
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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 Significantly higher true resolution 12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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
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
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 Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        P510:Digital
        P5100:Tunnel
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        P510:380 ms
        P5100:680 ms
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        P510:200 shots
        P5100:240 shots

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $319 - $377

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has significantly 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

        $447

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $397

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $180 - $279

        Size Smaller
        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Zoom Less zoom
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Fujifilm FinePix S8300

        Fujifilm FinePix S8300

        Super zoom

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $324 - $430

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen

        Nikon Coolpix P5100 Competitors

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $704

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Size Significantly larger
        True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
        Canon PowerShot G9

        Canon PowerShot G9

        Pro digicam

        $579

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
        Weight Heavier
        Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

        Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

        Compact

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
        Sensor size Smaller sensor

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        discussion

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