Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Sony NEX-5N

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Sony NEX 5N

Nikon Coolpix P510


Sony NEX-5N



Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
120 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Great viewfinder

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P510.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5N.


Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500

Super zoom


High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700

Super zoom

$369 - $447

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Movie format Higher resolution movies
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530

Super zoom


Weight Slightly lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner
GPS No built-in GPS

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$448 body only

$478 - $548 with 16-50mm lens

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Focus points Significantly more focus points
External flash No external flash support
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$447 body only

$365 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 body only

$802 with 18-55mm lens

Focus points More focus points
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life


Nikon Coolpix P510
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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?