Updated (July 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 vs Nikon Coolpix P510

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

68

Nikon Coolpix P510

63

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
3.15x
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Size
Really small
Professional size (120×83×102 mm)
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

Items often bought with the Panasonic DMC-FZ200 or Nikon P510

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P510.
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 24x
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More than 3x more zoom
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Size
Smaller
120×83×102 mm vs 125×87×110 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Slightly thinner
4" vs 4.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
555 g vs 588 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ200

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
540 shots vs 200 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
12 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ200's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$333.59 vs $384.99
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The best price we've seen is $51 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              P510120 fps
              DMC-FZ200240 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5104"
              DMC-FZ2004.3"
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              P510555 g
              DMC-FZ200588 g
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              P510120×83×102 mm
              DMC-FZ200125×87×110 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              9.7 MP
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              P5101080p @ 30fps
              DMC-FZ2001080p @ 60fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $350

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $379

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Super zoom

              $598

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $300 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $584 - $748

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              discussion

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              Showing 5 comments

              Avatar for Mehmet Toprak Mehmet Toprak (2:20 PM, May 04, 2013)
              p510 is a great camera but the exposure time only 8 sec. . it is really a big shame for such a camera. max shutter speed is 1/4000 not 1/2000
               
              Fluch (3:36 AM, February 11, 2013)
              p510 96 and FZ200 68??? hahahahahahahahahaha. Snapsort, you have always been fans of Nikon, but this is a joke, a bad joke.
               
              Avatar for JohnDW JohnDW (5:42 AM, February 07, 2013)
              Awating a reply from Snapsort regarding the scoring of the Coolpix P510 & Lumix FZ200.
               
              Avatar for JohnDW JohnDW (7:40 AM, January 28, 2013)
              I was referring (below) to the scoring for the Nikon Coolpix P510 & Panasonic Lumix FZ 200
               
              Avatar for JohnDW JohnDW (5:33 AM, January 27, 2013)
              Based on the advantages and specs/features of both cameras, the difference in the Snapsort scores (Nikon 98! and Panasonic 66?) is incomprehensible. Just have a look at all the reputable camera reviews (e.g. Photographyblog, Dpreview, Expertreview,Trustedreviews, cnet, digitalcamera, whatdigitalcamera and Cameralab)