As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix B500 and the D3100) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 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 is slightly smaller (standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs professional size (125×87×110 mm)), is newer (january 2016 vs february 2014), 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 lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.5 fps vs 5.9 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
$199 - $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
  • Significantly 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)
  • Light weight: 541 g vs 325 g
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 3.3"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
1 year older
$144 - $178

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)
  • Thicker: 4.8" vs 3.3"
  • Heavier: 590 g vs 325 g

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Inexpensive: $143.93 vs $212.00

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year older
$240 - $249

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
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 3.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
3 years older
$498

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much longer battery life: 540 shots vs 195 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Less zoom: 24x vs 42x
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Heavier: 588 g vs 325 g

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
1 year older
$180

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

  • Very 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"

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
similar age
$320 - $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
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 3.3"

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 a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), is newer (january 2016 vs february 2011), is much smaller (standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs professional size (130×100×78 mm)) and is slightly less expensive ($212.00 vs $439.50).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 16.2 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
$289 - $549 (body only)
$329 - $399 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: $289.00 vs $212.00
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 325 g

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50
2 years older
$440 (body only)
$557 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-50 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None

Significant disadvantages of the K-50 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Much heavier: 650 g vs 325 g

common strengths of the K-50 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $439.50 vs $212.00

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
5 years older
$549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (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 T2i (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 530 g vs 325 g

common strengths of the T2i and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
2 years older
$500 (body only)
$539 - $712 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

  • None found

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
5 years older
$329 (body only)
$520 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 25fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 505 g vs 325 g

common strengths of the D3100 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $309.00 vs $212.00

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
4 years older
$487 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)

common strengths of the T3 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Light weight: 459 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 significantly more zoom (42x vs 25x), is newer (january 2016 vs april 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), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs compact (97×57×28 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS
similar age
$198 - $199

Significant advantages of the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Smaller: Compact (100×58×23 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 12x vs 42x
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
4 months newer
$202 - $209

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

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly 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)

  • Less zoom: 25x vs 42x
  • 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

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
1 year older
$330

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

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

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

  • Significantly 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

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
similar age
$254

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

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly 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
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
8 months older
$348

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX500 (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX500 (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 DSC-WX500 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • None found

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60
1 year older
$514

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
  • Significantly 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

  • None found

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 slightly larger screen (3" vs 1.5") and has better image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.8), is much larger (standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs super compact (99×56×22 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, is thicker (3.3" vs 0.9") and is much heavier (325 g vs 160 g).

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"
  • Much lighter: 215 g vs 325 g

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

  • Much less zoom: 3x vs 42x
  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 24 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the S410 and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS
5 years older
$318

Significant advantages of the SD3500 IS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (99×56×22 mm) vs Standard size (104×69×85 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 3.3"
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the SD3500 IS (vs the PowerShot SX420 IS)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 42x

common strengths of the SD3500 IS and PowerShot SX420 IS

  • Great zoom: 5x vs 42x
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Excellent wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm