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

Nikon Coolpix P510

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

46

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

39

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x34 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

differences

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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, 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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $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 L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $246

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              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 Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

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

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