Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Nikon Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix P510

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x34 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
 
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Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Zoom Significantly more zoom 41.7x vs 16x
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Around 7x more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the P510's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 2 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.5x closer to the lens
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
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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Size Significantly smaller 105x59x34 mm vs 120x83x102 mm
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4.8x smaller
Battery life Longer battery life 300 shots vs 200 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Much thinner 1.3" vs 4"
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3x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 245 g vs 555 g
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2.3x lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
        View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
        Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
        921k dots
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        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
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $167 - $227

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $398 - $433

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier

        Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $429

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $339 - $397

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $339

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $250 - $297

        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Battery life Longer battery life
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $415 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $298

        Zoom More zoom
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $215

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $348

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448 - $528

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

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        discussion

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