Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

62

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

59

Runner-up

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
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Battery life
Great battery life
410 shots
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

Items often bought with the Nikon P510 or Sony DSC-HX100v

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P510.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v.

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 30x
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More than 90% more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 27 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Weight
Slightly lighter
555 g vs 577 g
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$385.99 vs $469.99
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The best price we've seen is $84 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
410 shots vs 200 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX100v'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
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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              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-HX100v3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P510555 g
              DSC-HX100v577 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
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              P510120×83×102 mm
              DSC-HX100v122×87×93 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-HX100v1080p @ 60fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $630

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $463

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $210 - $297

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $379

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428 - $448

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Size Significantly smaller
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $370 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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              Avatar for Sulo Rouhiainen Sulo Rouhiainen (4:45 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)
               
              Bolbingeorge (10:39 AM, July 17, 2012)
              nice photos