Updated (January 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Nikon Coolpix L820

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Size
Really small
Standard size (104×70×80 mm)
Weight
Light-weight
341 g

Items often bought with the Nikon L820 or Canon SX500 IS

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Size
Smaller
104×70×80 mm vs 111×76×85 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
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1500s
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Around 10% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon L820

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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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the L820's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 0.8 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
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
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 2 f-stops 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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              SX500 IS1/1600s
              L8201/1500s
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX500 IS3.2"
              L8203.3"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX500 IS1,600 ISO
              L8203,200 ISO

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              SX500 IS104×70×80 mm
              L820111×76×85 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              SX500 IS341 g
              L820470 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SX500 IS$190.00
              L820$209.99
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              SX500 IS1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              L8201/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX500 IS30x
              L82029.3x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX500 IS720p @ 25fps
              L8201080p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $235

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $168

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $152

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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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