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
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 98x65x41 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.6"
Weight
Light-weight
250 g
 

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
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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
2 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
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
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
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
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
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              P510:3,200 ISO
              P5100:2,000 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $299 - $397

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $438

              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 L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189 - $227

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $343 body only

              $385 - $403 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $569 - $750 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Much 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

              $199 - $329

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $350

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

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

              Nikon Coolpix P5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Pro digicam

              $347

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              External flash No external flash support
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Placeholder

              Kodak EasyShare Z740

              Super zoom

              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $830

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P5000

              Nikon Coolpix P5000

              Digicam

              $256

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $860

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

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