Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS vs Nikon Coolpix L320

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L320

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
22 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Size
Really small
Mid size 111x72x44 mm
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
Thickness
Thin
1.7"
Weight
Light-weight
291 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX160 IS

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Size Smaller 111x72x44 mm vs 111x76x83 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Battery life Longer battery life 380 shots vs 310 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.7" vs 3.3"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight Lighter 291 g vs 430 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $117.00 vs $172.18
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The best price we've seen is $55 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L320

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Wide angle Significantly better wide angle 22 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the L320's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Zoom More zoom 26.6x vs 16x
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Around 3x more zoom
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recommendations

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 Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX160 IS:0.8 fps
              L320:1.2 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SX160 IS:720p @ 25fps
              L320:720p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $184

              Wide angle Has a significantly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160 - $279

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $188 - $237

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $129

              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $255

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $230

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $250

              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a significantly narrower wide angle lens

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $213

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

              Nikon Coolpix L320 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              $198

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              appearance

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              discussion

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
              PowerShot SX160 IS
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              Nikon Coolpix L320
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