Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
120 fps
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Battery life
Great battery life
450 shots
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

Items often bought with the Nikon P510 or Sony DSC-HX200V

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P510

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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
Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 33.8x
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More than 50% more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P510's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$384.99 vs $659.99
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The best price we've seen is $275 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
555 g vs 583 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX200V

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
450 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX200V'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
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.7" vs 4"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              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
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              P510Digital
              DSC-HX200VTunnel
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5104"
              DSC-HX200V3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P510555 g
              DSC-HX200V583 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              P5103,200 ISO
              DSC-HX200V1,600 ISO
              Size Large Help
              P510120×83×102 mm
              DSC-HX200V122×87×93 mm

              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
              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
              DSC-HX200V1080p @ 60fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $303 - $350

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348 - $370

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $312 - $398

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $429

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $845

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $360

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $300 - $398

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $645

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO

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              discussion

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              Showing 5 comments

              Abhijit (5:56 AM, March 03, 2013)
              This site lacks the essence , Its like comparing Ferrari to a big truck, Truck has more power so its better. It is not comparing which camera can take better photograph. The sont HX200V is lot better than P510 and also costs more.
               
              Yannis (1:07 PM, February 22, 2013)
              I had the same concerns before i buy my HX100 and i am glad i excluded this 'silly' factor when making my choise !!!

              Sony is doing a lot better on this type of cameras - definitely satisfied !

              Yannis
               
              Avatar for Sulo Rouhiainen Sulo Rouhiainen (4:35 PM, December 26, 2012)
              I tried Nikon P510 (made in china) and was not amazed, slow menus, slow everything and very loud zoom-mechanism. I quickly delivered it back to the store the next day.

              Then I took home Sony HX200V, fast, responsive and excellent auto photo settings, very good white blending and natural colors.. The flash lights up a huge area and makes really nice coloring and exposure levels!


              I dont even bother to think of trying any other, I stick with this nice camera that is a really good update after my old DSC-P120! (made in Japan)
               
              Anonymous (9:57 PM, October 11, 2012)
              The Sony HX200V has HD Video recording except 60 fps
               
              Abcd (9:49 PM, June 25, 2012)
              What a stupid way to compare two cameras?  Popularity vote!  Yesterday checked out both cameras in a store side by side for 30 minutes.  Sony 30x zoom held up lot better for vivid vibrant colors and sharper images than Nikon's 41x.  Popularity?