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

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
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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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
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
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
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price Cheaper $298.50 vs $789.00
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The best price we've seen is $491 cheaper (2.6x less)
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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
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
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
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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
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 235 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Weight Significantly lighter 269 g vs 555 g
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2.1x lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              P510:921k dots
              NEX-5N:920k dots
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 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

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $319 - $377

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $447

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $397

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $508 body only

              $1,218 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $1,299 with 18-200mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $565 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price Cheaper
              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?