As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is also often compared to travel zooms, entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless and pro digicams. 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 SX530 HS and the PowerShot SX620 HS)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS compared to other super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs large (128×93×114 mm)), 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 1/1500 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (24 mm vs 4 mm), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
similar age
$195 - $257

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

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

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)
  • Inexpensive: $195.00 vs $219.89
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

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
  • 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
  • Inexpensive: $219.99 vs $219.89

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
1 year older
$178 - $268

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

  • 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

  • Inexpensive: $178.00 vs $219.89

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
10 months older
$149 - $171

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

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 SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year older
$350 - $449

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly more zoom: 65x vs 42x

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Larger: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 650 g vs 325 g
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the SX60 HS and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
similar age
$399

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

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

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 30x), is newer (january 2016 vs february 2015) 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), records lower quality movies (720p @ 25fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs compact (99×60×27 mm)) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.5 fps vs 7 fps).

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
4 months newer
$249

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

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
similar age
$245

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

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • 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
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900
similar age
$249 - $397

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the Coolpix A900 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Great zoom: 35x vs 42x
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60
1 year older
$286 - $296

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

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

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

  • None found

common strengths of the HX60 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year older
$230

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX710 HS and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
10 months older
$219

Significant advantages of the S7000 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Shoots faster: 9.2 fps vs 0.5 fps
  • Significantly thinner: 1.1" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the S7000 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Less zoom: 20x vs 42x

common strengths of the S7000 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

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 february 2014), is much smaller (standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs professional size (130×100×78 mm)) and is slightly lighter (325 g vs 480 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.5 fps vs 5 fps).

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
similar age
$318 - $699 (body only)
$350 - $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: $318.00 vs $219.89
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 325 g

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
7 months newer
$370 (body only)
$349 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 25fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D3400 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)

common strengths of the D3400 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Light weight: 395 g vs 325 g
  • Inexpensive: $349.00 vs $219.89

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year older
$349 (body only)
$420 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Inexpensive: $349.00 vs $219.89
  • Light weight: 480 g vs 325 g

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is newer (january 2016 vs october 2015).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon EOS M10

Canon EOS M10
similar age
$499 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M10 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M10 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the EOS M10 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Light weight: 301 g vs 325 g
  • Inexpensive: $499.00 vs $219.89
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (42x vs 3.8x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), is newer (january 2016 vs august 2010), is slightly less expensive ($219.89 vs $699.00) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/4000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots), is slightly larger (standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs compact (100×58×30 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95
5 years older
$295

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly thinner: 1.2" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 3.8x vs 42x
  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the S95 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Inexpensive: $295.00 vs $219.89

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
2 years older
$699

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 42x
  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the G16 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second