Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L120

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
6,400 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size Smaller 106x59x33 mm vs 110x77x78 mm
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3.2x smaller
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens, Sensor shift vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.3" vs 3.1"
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2.4x thinner
Weight Lighter 215 g vs 406 g
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Around 50% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX230 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.2 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Zoom Slightly more zoom 21x vs 14x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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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

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        SX230 HS:None
        L120:6,400 ISO
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        SX230 HS:3.2 fps
        L120:0.7 fps
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $290 - $320

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $292 - $300

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Lowest price More expensive
        Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

        Travel zoom

        $269

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

        Travel zoom

        $280

        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $259

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Supports 24p No 24p support

        Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $195

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $165 - $227

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $196

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $171 - $279

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Heavier
        Fujifilm FinePix S4000

        Fujifilm FinePix S4000

        Super zoom

        $149

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Zoom More zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Size Larger

        appearance

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