Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L810

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

33

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Size
Really small
Compact 106x59x33 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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 @ 30fps
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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 111x76x83 mm
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3.4x smaller
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.3"
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2.5x thinner
Weight
Lighter
215 g vs 430 g
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2x 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 1.2 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1500s
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2.1x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$209.99 vs $309.99
Help
The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L810

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% 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
More zoom
25.4x vs 14x
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Around 3.5x more zoom
Battery life
Longer battery life
300 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
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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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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
              L810:1.2 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX230 HS:3,200 ISO
              L810:1,600 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $209

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              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 L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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