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Nikon Coolpix L820

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Size
Really small
Standard size 104x69x80 mm
Weight
Light-weight
341 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Size Smaller 104x69x80 mm vs 111x76x85 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 341 g vs 470 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.2" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L820

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.0 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the L820's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 8 fps vs 0.8 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The L820's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX500 IS:3.2"
              L820:3.3"

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              SX500 IS:104x69x80 mm
              L820:111x76x85 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SX500 IS:$218.00
              L820:$200.00
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX500 IS:30x
              L820:29.3x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $227

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $178

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $239

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $212

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $190

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon Coolpix L820.

              appearance

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Nikon Coolpix L820
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Nikon Coolpix L820
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              Avatar for MANOJ MANOJ (5:09 PM, October 06, 2013)
              I heard NIKON L820 doesn't have manual setting will it be a drawback