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

Nikon Coolpix P100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P100

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Nikon D3000

37

Nikon D3000

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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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 190 ms vs 262 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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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        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
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        P100:9.8 MP
        D3000:10 MP
        Size Large Help
        P100:114x83x99 mm
        D3000:126x97x64 mm

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        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $376 - $427 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 - $290 body only

        $299 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

        Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $337

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $304 - $347

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $227 - $255

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $427 - $447

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $425

        Zoom More zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen size Smaller screen

        Nikon D3000 Competitors

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        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $656 body only

        $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $575 - $629 body only

        $848 - $966 with 18-105mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Size Larger
        Nikon D5000

        Nikon D5000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $625 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Size Larger

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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?