Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS vs Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L820

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Nikon Coolpix L820

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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

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
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1500s
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Around 10% faster max shutter speed
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$149.00 vs $269.00
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The best price we've seen is $120 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              SX500 IS:1/1600s
              L820:1/1500s
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX500 IS:3.2"
              L820:3.3"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX500 IS:1,600 ISO
              L820:3,200 ISO

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              SX500 IS:104x69x80 mm
              L820:111x76x85 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              SX500 IS:341 g
              L820:470 g
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX500 IS:30x
              L820:29.3x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189 - $227

              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

              $209 - $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
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              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

              $220

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $310

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $209

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $164

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $400

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $198

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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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