Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Nikon Coolpix P510

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

65

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

59

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

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
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Battery life
Great battery life
410 shots
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P510

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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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$499.99 vs $604.49
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The best price we've seen is $105 cheaper (around 20% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
555 g vs 577 g
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Almost the same
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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/3.0
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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 cm vs 2 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.7" vs 4"
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Around 10% thinner
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
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              P510:$499.99
              DSC-HX100v:$604.49
              Weight Heavy Help
              P510:555 g
              DSC-HX100v:577 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P510:4"
              DSC-HX100v:3.7"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              P510:120x83x102 mm
              DSC-HX100v:122x87x93 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              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

              $349

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Has much 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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $876

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              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
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $385 - $489

              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 P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $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

              $339

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $197

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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              discussion

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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