• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 810.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • Detailed specifications
  • Nikon Coolpix P500
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Nikon Coolpix P500 webpage
Manufacturer website
Predecessor:   Sony HX200V
HX200V vs HX300
Successor:    
General
Model Number: P500 HX300
Alternate Model Number(s):    
Camera Format: EVF EVF
Currently Manufactured: No Yes
Retail Price: $399.95 $500.00
Street Price:   $398.00
Date Available: 2011-03-15 2013-03-15
Tripod Mount: Yes Yes
Weight: 17.6 oz (499 g)
includes batteries
23.1 oz (656 g)
includes batteries
Size: 4.5 x 3.3 x 4.0 in.
(116 x 84 x 103 mm)
5.1 x 3.7 x 4.1 in.
(130 x 93 x 103 mm)
Waterproof: No No
Waterproof Depth: n/a n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:   Sony Exmor R
Effective Megapixels: 12.1 20.4
Sensor Format: 1/2.3 inch 1/2.3 inch
Sensor size: 28.0735mm2 (6.17mm x 4.55mm) 28.0735mm2 (6.17mm x 4.55mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 1.54 microns 1.19 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a 2.7x
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 4:3
Color Filter Type:   RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter:    
Self-Cleaning: No No
Sensor shift image stabilization: Yes No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No No
DxO Sensor Score:    
DxO Color Depth Score (bits):    
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs):    
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso):    
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4000 x 3000 (12.0 MP, 4:3),
3264 x 2448 (8.0 MP, 4:3),
2592 x 1944 (5.0 MP, 4:3),
2048 x 1536 (3.1 MP, 4:3),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
1024 x 768 (0.8 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3),
3984 x 2656 (10.6 MP, 3:2),
3968 x 2232 (8.9 MP, 16:9),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
2992 x 2992 (9.0 MP, 1:1)
5184 x 3888 (20.2 MP, 4:3),
3648 x 2736 (10.0 MP, 4:3),
2592 x 1944 (5.0 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3),
5184 x 2920 (15.1 MP, 16:9),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
11520 x 1080 (12.4 MP, Other),
10480 x 4096 (42.9 MP, Other),
7152 x 1080 (7.7 MP, Other),
4912 x 1920 (9.4 MP, Other),
4912 x 1080 (5.3 MP, Other),
3424 x 1920 (6.6 MP, 16:9)
Image File Format: JPEG JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 8.0 10.0
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (30/​15)
1280x720 (60/​30)
960x540 (30)
640x480 (120/​30)
320x240 (240)
1920x1080 (60p/​60i)
1440x1080 (30p)
640x480 (30p)
Movie File Format: .MOV (H.264/MPEG-4) AVCHD 2.0 / MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) with Dolby Digital (AC3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC audio
Composite Video Out: Yes Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: Yes Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a n/a
Lens: Zoom-Nikkor ED VR lens; 14 elements in 9 groups Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*; 15 elements in 10 groups (including 1 Super ED glass element, 2 ED glass elements, and 3 aspheric elements)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 23 - 810mm 24 - 1,200mm
Focal Length (actual): 4 - 144mm 4.3 - 215mm
Zoom Ratio: 36.00x 50.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.4 (wide) / f/5.7 (tele) - f/8 f/2.8 (wide) / f/6.3 (tele) - f/8
Integrated ND Filter: No No
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity
19.7 in to Infinity
1 cm to Infinity
0.4 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 1 cm to Infinity
0.4 in to Infinity
 
Filter Thread: n/a n/a
Thread Type: n/a n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x 2x Clear Image Zoom, Up to 4x standard digital zoom
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detect AF: Auto (9-area automatic selection), Center, Face priority, Manual with 99 focus areas, Subject tracking Contrast Detection: Multi Point AF/Center Weighted AF/SpotAF/Flexible Spot AF/Manual/Face Tracking Focus
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes Yes
Manual Focus: No Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD EVF / LCD
Viewfinder Type: EVF type; 0.24 in. TFT LCD, approx. 230,000 dot with diopter adjustment EVF type.
Focus Peaking: No Yes
EVF Resolution:    
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):    
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):    
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes Yes
Rear Display: Yes Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 921,000 dots 921,600 dots (307,200 px)
Touchscreen: No No
Articulating Screen: Yes Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen:
Selfie Screen:
Max Playback Zoom: 10.0x  
Top Deck Display:
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native):   3200
Minimum ISO (native):   80
ISO Settings: Auto (160 to 800), Fixed Range Auto (160 to 200, 160 to 400), High ISO Sensitivity Auto (ISO 160 to 1600) 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 Program Auto (80-1600), iAuto (80-3200), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400*, 12800*; (* By Pixel Super Resolution multi-shot overlay)
Auto ISO Mode: Yes Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash, Preset Manual (Custom) Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent1, Fluorescent2, Fluorescent3, Incandescent, Flash, One Push, White Balance Shift
Shutter Speed Range: 1/1500 - 8 sec 1/4000 - 30 sec
Bulb Mode: No No
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Matrix, Center weighted, Spot, Spot AF Area Multi segment, Center- weighted, Spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: 19 Scene modes including Advanced Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Party/Indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show, Black and white copy, Panorama, Pet portrait; Easy Panorama Scene mode Scene modes: High Sensitivity, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Soft Skin, Anti Motion Blur, Backlight correction HDR, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Advanced Sports Shooting, Gourmet, Pet Mode; Picture Effect: HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Toy camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Soft High-key, Watercolor, Illustration; Intelligent Sweep Panorama; Background Defocus
Self Timer: 2 , 10, Smile seconds 2, 10, Portrait1, Portrait2 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer): Yes  
High Resolution Composite: No No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Flash off, Fill flash, Slow sync Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Rear Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash; Red-Eye Correction: Auto/On/Off
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): n/a n/a
Flash Range Description: [W]: 0.5 to 8.0 m (1 ft. 8 in. to 26 ft.) [T]: 2.2 to 4.5 m (7ft 3 in. to 14 ft.) ISO Auto: 0.5 to 8.5m (W) / 2.4 to 3.5m (T)
Max Flash Sync:    
Flash Exposure Compensation:   +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: n/a n/a
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:    
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC MS Duo / MS PRO Duo / SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:    
Other Memory:    
Dual Card Slots: No No
RAW Capture Support: No No
Uncompressed Format:    
Movie File Format: .MOV (H.264/MPEG-4) AVCHD 2.0 / MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) with Dolby Digital (AC3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC audio
Included Memory: 102.0 MB 0.0 MB
Included Memory Type: Internal  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No No
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No No
Built-In GPS: No No
Microphone Jack: No No
Headphone Jack: No No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: No No
DPOF Compliant: No Yes
Remote Control: No
Remote Control Type:    
Connections (extended): Mini HDMI with CEC Micro HDMI (Type D), Multi Terminal (USB/AV)
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 1.57 0.93
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame):    
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames):    
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):    
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 8.0 10.0
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 5 10
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):    
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):    
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):    
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):    
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.16 seconds 0.38 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, tele): 0.12 seconds 0.13 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter Lag (manual focus):    
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash):    
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.012 seconds 0.011 seconds
Shutter Lag (notes):    
Startup Time: 1.5 seconds 2.4 seconds
Play -> Record Time:    
Flash cycle time, full power: 7.5 seconds 7.3 seconds
Power
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View): 220 shots 310 shots
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF):    
Battery Life, Video:    
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary EN-EL5 Proprietary NP-BX1
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary EN-EL5 Lithium-ion rechargeable 1 x Proprietary NP-BX1 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
Software
Included Software: Nikon ViewNX 2 CD-ROM  
OS Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/7, MacOS-X 10.4.11+  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Tilting Hi-res LCD, 5-way VR Image Stabilization, Dual EXPEED C2 processors, full PASM, 19 Scene modes, full 1080p HD movies, HS movies up to 120 fps, HDMI output, Easy Panorama Scene mode, Advanced Night Landscape mode, Night Portrait mode, Smile Timer, Face Priority AF, Blink Warning, Red-eye Fix, Skin Softening, Best Shot Selector. Available in black or red. Improved Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode for movies, Full HD 1080p60 movies, 10 fps burst mode.