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

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Nikon Coolpix P5100

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Nikon Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix P5100

29

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
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 (98×65×41 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.6"
Weight
Light-weight
250 g

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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
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
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
2.0 cm vs 4.0 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 1.4 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon P5100

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Size
Significantly smaller
98×65×41 mm vs 120×83×102 mm
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3.9x smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3
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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
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.4x5.55mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
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
              P510Digital
              P5100Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              P510380 ms
              P5100680 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              P510200 shots
              P5100240 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              P5103,200 ISO
              P51002,000 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $327 - $447

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $335

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $322 - $398

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $273

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $600

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              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

              Nikon Coolpix P5000

              Nikon Coolpix P5000

              Digicam

              $545

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $375

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P6000

              Nikon Coolpix P6000

              Pro digicam

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

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