Updated (January 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

72

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
230 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
390 shots

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P510

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 20x
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Around 4.5x more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 1,440 x 1,080 @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
True resolution
Higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 8.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX1

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
390 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 2x more shots per battery charge
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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX1's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
115×83×92 mm vs 120×83×102 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.6" vs 4"
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Around 10% thinner
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 super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              P510555 g
              DSC-HX1544 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5104"
              DSC-HX13.6"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              P510120×83×102 mm
              DSC-HX1115×83×92 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              P5101/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              DSC-HX11/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $327 - $447

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $630

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              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 P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $273

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $600

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $360 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

              Super zoom

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $395 - $498

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger

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