Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Nikon D3100

Nikon Coolpix P100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P100

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Nikon D3000

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Nikon D3000

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P100

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 190 ms vs 262 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Slightly lighter 481 g vs 536 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 13x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Size Smaller 126x97x64 mm vs 114x83x99 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Thinner 2.5" vs 3.9"
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Around 40% thinner
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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 Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              P100:Digital
              D3000:Pentamirror
              Weight Heavy Help
              P100:481 g
              D3000:536 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P100:3.9"
              D3000:2.5"
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              P100:3,200 ISO
              D3000:1,600 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              P100:9.8 MP
              D3000:10 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              P100:114x83x99 mm
              D3000:126x97x64 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $325

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $445

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $198

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 - $629 body only

              $816 - $848 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Live view Has live view
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $970 body only

              $1,465 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Larger
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $840 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Focus points Slightly fewer focus points

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              discussion

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:07 AM, August 30, 2010)
              You have a good point, we have thought about this a bit, see the comment at the top of the comparison:

              "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 entry-level DSLR."

              I'd definitely agree that image quality would be much better with any DSLR, but thats not the only criteria when buying a camera, for example try finding a 30x lens for the D3000, you'd need something like a 18mm-540mm lens, giving the P100 a big advantage if that is important to you.
               
              Dfr (4:11 PM, August 29, 2010)
              please watch out how you compare models on this site, Is a SLR is worse than a bridge?? It is misleading for those who are new to cameras....

              Have you ever seen pictures from a Nikon D3000 and a P100?