Updated (August 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS vs Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L810

36

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

30

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Size
Really small
Mid size (111×73×44 mm)
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
Thickness
Thin
1.7"
Weight
Light-weight
291 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX160 IS

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Size
Smaller
111×73×44 mm vs 111×76×83 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1500s
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2.1x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$190.00 vs $275.00
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The best price we've seen is $85 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L810

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
23 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the L810'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
25.4x vs 16x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX160 IS0.8 fps
              L8101.2 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SX160 IS720p @ 25fps
              L810720p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $130

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $120

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $440

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $170

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $195

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $297

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $209 - $227

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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