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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P5100

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Size
Really small
Mid size 98x65x41 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.6"
Weight
Light-weight
250 g
 
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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
Zoom Significantly more zoom 41.7x vs 3.5x
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More than 140.5x more zoom
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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 380 ms vs 680 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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 Significantly cheaper $249.00 vs $479.00
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The best price we've seen is $230 cheaper (around 50% 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 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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $324 - $347

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $347 - $397

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $227 - $255

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $289 - $390

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $427 - $447

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160 - $279

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

              Nikon Coolpix P5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P5000

              Nikon Coolpix P5000

              Digicam

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              External flash No external flash support
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $350

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

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