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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
922k dots
Size
Really small
Mid size 106x75x40 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
260 ms shutter lag
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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Advantages of the Canon PowerShot G15

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 12 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
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
Weight Lighter 352 g vs 522 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.6" vs 2.5"
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Around 40% thinner
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
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.5mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Around 9x larger sensor
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
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 Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              PowerShot G15:Tunnel
              D40:Pentamirror
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot G15:19.9 bits
              D40:21 bits
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PowerShot G15:9
              D40:3
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot G15:11.5 EV
              D40:11 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot G15:165 ISO
              D40:561 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot G15:46.0
              D40:56.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 - $329 body only

              $369 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              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

              $511 - $549

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $499

              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 G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $671

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies

              Nikon D40 Competitors

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              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $398 - $407 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Nikon D50

              Nikon D50

              Entry-level DSLR

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Size Larger

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