Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Sony NEX-5R

Nikon Coolpix P510

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

59

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Sony NEX-5N

51

Sony NEX-5N

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Size
Significantly smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 120x83x102 mm
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4.1x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 13x larger sensor
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
235 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Battery life
Longer battery life
460 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Much thinner
1.5" vs 4"
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2.7x thinner
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Weight
Significantly lighter
269 g vs 555 g
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2.1x lighter
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.00 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $201 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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 digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              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
              P510:921k dots
              NEX-5N:920k dots
              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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $299 - $397

              Zoom Much 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 More shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $246

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Zoom Less zoom

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $350 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (8:35 PM, April 05, 2012)
              The Nikon P510 wins because it has a built in lens. It is hard to compare a camera with a fixed lens to camera like the Sony NEX 5N that has an interchangeable lens. Since you can change the lens on the NEX 5N, we are unable to give it a score. We have pointed that out above "
              Snapsort recommends the Nikon Coolpix P510. This recommendation, however, should be taken with a grain of salt since it doesn't always make sense to compare a super zoom with a mirrorless interchangeable-lens."
              I would suggest that you look past the score, and just look at the advantages of each camera.
               
              Avatar for Stefanos Tran Stefanos Tran (8:28 PM, April 05, 2012)
              So why is the Nikon here better than the nex 5n?