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Nikon Coolpix P100

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Nikon Coolpix P100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
190 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
230 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
390 shots
 
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Advantages of the Nikon P100

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High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle Better wide angle 26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1440 x 1080 @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Zoom Slightly more zoom 26.1x vs 20x
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More than 70% more zoom
True resolution Higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 8.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 190 ms vs 230 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
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More than 20% larger sensor
Weight Lighter 481 g vs 544 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX1

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Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size Slightly smaller 115x83x92 mm vs 114x83x99 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.6" vs 3.9"
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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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        P100:3.9"
        DSC-HX1:3.6"
        Weight Heavy Help
        P100:481 g
        DSC-HX1:544 g
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Size Large Help
        P100:114x83x99 mm
        DSC-HX1:115x83x92 mm

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
        P100:190 ms
        DSC-HX1:230 ms
        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
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        P100:26.1x
        DSC-HX1:20x
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        P100:26 mm
        DSC-HX1:28 mm

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

        Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $346

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $323 - $347

        Zoom More zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        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 Significantly smaller screen
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen size Smaller screen
        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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Super zoom

        $398

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Super zoom

        $349

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Size Slightly larger
        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Super zoom

        $188 - $238

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

        Super zoom

        Aperture Slightly wider aperture
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200 - $300

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Size Significantly smaller
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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        Nikon Coolpix P100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
        Nikon Coolpix P100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
        Nikon Coolpix P100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

        discussion

        Nikon Coolpix P100
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        Nabilelsherif (8:04 PM, March 04, 2011)
        sony is better
         
        antonio mendez (5:59 PM, February 28, 2011)
        The Nikon P100 has a lot of 1 and 2 star reviews (out of 5) from the amazon.com customer who bought it.
        It appears to have good specs, but some relaibility probles. The HX1 reviews are among the best of any super zoom camera.
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:44 PM, January 03, 2011)
        Thanks for sharing that info Marcus! Snapsort has the correct resolution values on the specs page but in the comparison uses a true resolution calculated based on the sensor size of each camera, hence the different values.
         
        Marcuswjm (3:12 AM, January 02, 2011)
        I bought the Nikon P100 used it for a month, and returned it to the store and bought the Sony HX1. Some of the specifications are wrong; the HX1 has 9.1 megapixels not 8.1; the P100 has 10.3 megapixels. The HX1 has 20x optical zoom and a 20x digital zoom; the p100 4x digital zoom. In the continuous shooting mode at full resolution, P100 shoots 10fps but only 6 shots; HX1 shoots 10 fps with 10 shots. The Sony HX1 focuses faster, it also comes with a real battery charger; with the Nikon P100 you have plug your camera into outlet with an adapter. The Sony is a lot more user friendly than the Nikon; I paid more for the Sony and I am glad I did.
         
        Aquarian_738 (1:40 PM, September 27, 2010)
        indeed sony hx1 is capable of taking high quality images and p100 is of its own kind but the real thing is the image stability which we get in that sony hx1 very good ...!!! and iam gonna get this one for sure
         
        Avi (11:34 AM, September 23, 2010)
        Although P100 has quite more zooming power but it is very difficult to hold static when the barrel is in fully open situation (at 26X zoom) so usually taking fine picture is bit difficult for a normal user, but in case oh HX1 you are compromising on zoom the image quality is much better on full zoom.
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (11:55 PM, September 17, 2010)
        Good call on the flip-out screen, our mistake, we'll get that fixed. Snapsort knows the HX1 is 9.1m (see the HX1 specs), but calculates a true resolution based on limitations of the camera's sensor size.
         
        Scott T. (11:50 PM, September 17, 2010)
        Ummm the Sony HX-1 does have a flip-out screen and it is 9.1MP, not 8.1MP !!! Seems like a shame to review camera's without the facts all in place.
         
        Avatar for Anthony Petruzzi Anthony Petruzzi (2:19 AM, September 12, 2010)
        The panoramic function is why I want to buy the Sony (I own a DSC9.) The HX1 also has a stacking feather taking multiple pictures of different brackets and then combining them for the best highlights and shadows. Also on my DSC( I have a 55 mm skylight filter which fits over the lens and is held on with a piece of tape(its snug even without tape) the lens goes in and out just fine and I can screw a polarizer on it withvery miner clipping at wide angle.
         
        ali firts (4:00 AM, September 10, 2010)
        I wanted to get the Nikon P100 but the Sony HX1´s shutter speed is higher (1/4000 vs 1/2000. Now, I will choose sony.
         
        Mmcmert (0:22 AM, August 04, 2010)
        Nikon have panaromic photos too, but taking panaromic photo is easier in sony than nikon. With sony just turn the camera to the place where you want to take panoramic photo, but nikon you have to put half of the photos together to match and take photo.
         
        Avatar for jorgepaiva jorgepaiva (2:57 AM, May 14, 2010)
        It looks that Sony make panoramicx photos and Nikon doesn't have this
         
        Avatar for laertebruno laertebruno (2:47 AM, April 07, 2010)
        I'm crazy to buy a new camera. I always owned Sony cameras, their pics are great, rich color and clear. But, this evaluation showed me new horizons, now I really don't know which one to choose.