Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G16 vs Nikon D40

Canon PowerShot G15 vs Nikon D40

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Canon PowerShot G15

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Nikon D40

30

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
922k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
260 ms shutter lag
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from

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Advantages of the Canon PowerShot G15

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size
Smaller
106x75x40 mm vs 124x94x64 mm
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2.3x smaller
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Thickness
Thinner
1.6" vs 2.5"
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Around 40% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The PowerShot G15's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
352 g vs 522 g
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More than 30% lighter
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
9 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Advantages of the Nikon D40

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Overall image quality
Better image quality
56.0 vs 46.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Color depth
Better color depth
21 bits vs 19.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
561 ISO vs 165 ISO
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The D40 has excellent image quality 1.8 f-stops higher ISO than the PowerShot G15
Battery life
Longer battery life
470 shots vs 350 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has a through-the-lens viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Lowest price
Cheaper
$459.00 vs $768.27
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The best price we've seen is $309 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              PowerShot G15Tunnel
              D40Pentamirror
              Common Weaknesses
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot G1519.9 bits
              D4021 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot G1511.5 EV
              D4011 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PowerShot G159
              D403
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot G15165 ISO
              D40561 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot G1546.0
              D4056.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $707 body only

              $1,017 with 55-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $399

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $971

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              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
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Nikon D40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              $546 with 18-70mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay More startup delay

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