Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Nikon Coolpix P100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P100

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
190 ms shutter lag
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
390 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1.

differences

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 1,440 x 1,080 @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
26.1x vs 20x
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More than 70% more zoom
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm 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
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Slightly smaller
115×83×92 mm vs 114×83×99 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.8
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              P1003.9"
              DSC-HX13.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              P100481 g
              DSC-HX1544 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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              P100114×83×99 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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P10026.1x
              DSC-HX120x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              P100460k dots
              DSC-HX1230k dots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              P10026 mm
              DSC-HX128 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $439

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297 - $327

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L100

              Nikon Coolpix L100

              Super zoom

              $290

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $169

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 with 18-55mm lens

              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Much smaller screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $275 - $348

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Super zoom

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $280 - $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $515

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              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

              discussion

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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.