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

Canon PowerShot G15

Winner
Canon PowerShot G15

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Nikon D40

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Nikon D40

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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
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
260 ms shutter lag
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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
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
Much 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
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
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
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
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
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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              PowerShot G15:Tunnel
              D40:Pentamirror
              Common Weaknesses
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot G15:19.9 bits
              D40:21 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot G15:11.5 EV
              D40:11 EV
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PowerShot G15:9
              D40:3
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot G15:165 ISO
              D40:561 ISO
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $507

              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

              $549 - $1,227

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              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

              $829

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

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

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Larger
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Lowest price More expensive
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $359 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

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