• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1000.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Nikon P510 advantages over Pentax K-50

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.0 fps vs 6.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Pentax K-50 advantages over Nikon P510

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $149 vs $299*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.81 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 480 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    71 mm vs 102 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    30 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 24-1,000mm equivalent zoom range; Built-in GPS; Articulated LCD; Very good print quality; Many movie options.

  • Focus sometimes difficult to achieve; Short shoulder strap; Battery charged in the camera; Low battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm SL300

Nikon P510
Fujifilm SL300
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $339
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Hot shoe
Pentax K-50
Fujifilm SL300
  • $454
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $339
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out

Compared to Sony A57

Nikon P510
Sony A57
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-50
Sony A57
  • $454
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Nikon P520

Nikon P510
Nikon P520
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
Pentax K-50
Nikon P520
  • $454
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Pentax K-500

Nikon P510
Pentax K-500
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-50
Pentax K-500
  • $454
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon P530

Nikon P510
Nikon P530
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $364
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • Shoots 24p video
Pentax K-50
Nikon P530
  • $454
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $364
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Faster JPEG shooting
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