Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

62

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
120 fps
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

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (115×83×92 mm)
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
230 ms shutter lag

Items often bought with the Nikon P510 or Sony DSC-HX1

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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
Significantly 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
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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Significantly 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
              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
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P5104"
              DSC-HX13.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P510555 g
              DSC-HX1544 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              P5101/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              DSC-HX11/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              P5109.7 MP
              DSC-HX18.1 MP
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              P5101080p @ 30fps
              DSC-HX11,440 x 1,080 @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $379

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $210 - $297

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428 - $448

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $229 - $318

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $218

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $370 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $470

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Slightly larger

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