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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
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"
 
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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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 380 ms vs 680 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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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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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 Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        P510:Digital
        P5100:Tunnel
        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

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $165 - $227

        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
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $405 - $433

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Super zoom

        $699

        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly higher boost light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $469 body only

        $490 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $697 - $747 body only

        $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        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 P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $339 - $397

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $250 - $347

        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Battery life Longer battery life
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Nikon Coolpix P5100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot G16

        Canon PowerShot G16

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $499

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight 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
        Nikon Coolpix P7800

        Nikon Coolpix P7800

        Pro digicam

        $498 - $547

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon Coolpix P6000

        Nikon Coolpix P6000

        Pro digicam

        $600

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        GPS Has a GPS
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix S640

        Nikon Coolpix S640

        Compact

        $237

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Screen size Larger screen
        True resolution Lower true resolution
        Sensor size Smaller sensor

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