As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is also often compared to travel zooms, entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix B500 and the Coolpix L340) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX620 HS and the PowerShot SX530 HS)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none), is newer (january 2016 vs february 2015), is slightly lighter (325 g vs 541 g) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (24 mm vs 4 mm), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and has a much shorter battery life (195 shots vs 600 shots).

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
similar age
$199 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 195 shots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Light weight: 541 g vs 325 g
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 3.3"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
1 year older
$178 - $286

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much longer battery life: 350 shots vs 195 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Heavier: 590 g vs 325 g
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Light weight: 590 g vs 325 g
  • Inexpensive: $178.00 vs $204.89

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year older
$220 - $279

Significant advantages of the SX530 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 461k dots vs 230k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the SX530 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the SX530 HS and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 325 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 3.3"

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
1 year older
$170

Significant advantages of the SX410 IS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX410 IS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX410 IS and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Very light: 325 g vs 325 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 3.3"

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
10 months older
$189

Significant advantages of the L340 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 960 shots vs 195 shots
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the L340 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the L340 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 325 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 3.3"

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
similar age
$359 - $399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 461k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the PowerShot SX540 HS and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 325 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 3.3"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (42x vs 25x), is newer (january 2016 vs february 2014) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (24 mm vs 4 mm), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs compact (106×59×32 mm)), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.5 fps vs 5.9 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
4 months newer
$218 - $249

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly longer battery life: 295 shots vs 195 shots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the PowerShot SX620 HS and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60
1 year older
$316

Significant advantages of the HX60 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the HX60 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the HX60 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
similar age
$259

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Thinner: 1.4" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the PowerShot SX720 HS and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Great zoom: 40x vs 42x
  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
1 year older
$210

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much longer battery life: 350 shots vs 195 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Less zoom: 20x vs 42x
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-ZS45 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
5 years older
$279

Significant advantages of the SX210 IS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the SX210 IS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Significantly less zoom: 14x vs 42x

common strengths of the SX210 IS and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
1 year older
$268 - $364

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Less zoom: 20x vs 42x
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-WX350 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is newer (january 2016 vs march 2013), is much smaller (standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs professional size (133×100×79 mm)), is slightly less expensive ($204.89 vs $439.97) and is significantly lighter (325 g vs 580 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
similar age
$307 - $649 (body only)
$355 - $449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Heavier: 485 g vs 325 g

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Inexpensive: $307.00 vs $204.89
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 325 g

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
2 years older
$440 - $649 (body only)
$519 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 580 g vs 325 g

common strengths of the T5i and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Inexpensive: $439.97 vs $204.89

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it is significantly smaller (standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs large (147×115×81 mm)), is slightly less expensive ($204.89 vs $1,549.00), is significantly lighter (325 g vs 860 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 2,359k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20.7 MP), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
similar age
$1,549 - $1,897 (body only)
$2,497 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 860 g vs 325 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the D500 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Fairly small: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Light weight: 860 g vs 325 g

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS compared to compact competitors include: it has way more more zoom (42x vs 3x), records lower quality movies (720p @ 25fps vs 320 x 240 @ 15fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 36 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.5") and has better image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), is much larger (standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs compact (87×57×28 mm)), doesn't record movies in 24p, is thicker (3.3" vs 1") and is much heavier (325 g vs 181 g).

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
1 year older
$330

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much smaller: Compact (100×59×26 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much thinner: 1" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 42x
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the S200 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm

Canon PowerShot S410

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12 years older

Significant advantages of the S410 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much smaller: Compact (87×57×28 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.3"
  • Significantly lighter: 215 g vs 325 g

Significant disadvantages of the S410 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the S410 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • None found