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

Nikon Coolpix L120 vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (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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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
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
106x59x33 mm vs 110x77x78 mm
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3.2x smaller
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$209.99 vs $440.29
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The best price we've seen is $230 cheaper (2.1x less)
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX230 HS:3,200 ISO
              L120:1,600 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $342 - $429

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $579 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $368

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165 - $180

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $310

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $154

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Super zoom

              $270

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed

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