Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 vs Nikon Coolpix P510

Winner
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

79

Nikon Coolpix P510

63

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
0 ms shutter lag
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P510.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P510

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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
Size
Smaller
120×83×102 mm vs 130×93×103 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
555 g vs 650 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX300

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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
Zoom
More zoom
50x vs 41.7x
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More than 40% more zoom
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
310 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX300's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Lowest price
Cheaper
$318.00 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $182 cheaper (around 40% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              P51041.7x
              DSC-HX30050x
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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"
              DSC-HX3004.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P510555 g
              DSC-HX300650 g
              Size Large Help
              P510120×83×102 mm
              DSC-HX300130×93×103 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $280 - $298

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297 - $327

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $285 - $366

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $393 - $448

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $210 - $298

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $110 - $218

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Zoom Less zoom

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