Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot G16 vs Nikon Coolpix L830

Canon PowerShot G15 vs Nikon Coolpix L820

Winner
Canon PowerShot G15

54

Nikon Coolpix L820

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
Really small
Size
Mid size 106x75x40 mm
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
23 mm
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G15. Explore our gallery of 30 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L820.

differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot G15

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the PowerShot G15's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
Help
The PowerShot G15's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
106x75x40 mm vs 111x76x85 mm
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2.2x smaller
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.6" vs 3.3"
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2.1x thinner
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
352 g vs 470 g
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Around 30% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L820

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
23 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
29.3x vs 5x
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Around 34.5x more zoom
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$149.95 vs $774.92
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The best price we've seen is $625 cheaper (5.2x less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              PowerShot G15922k dots
              L820921k dots
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $399

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $975

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159 - $207

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $229

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $247

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $169

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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