Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L820

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L820

65

vs

Canon Powershot SX40

60

Canon Powershot SX40

Runner-up
     

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 SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.0
Help
At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 29.3x
Help
More than 40% more zoom
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
Help
Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10.3 fps vs 8 fps
Help
Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
15s vs 4s
Help
Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L820

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
Help
More than 4x higher resolution screen
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Smaller
111x76x85 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
Help
More than 40% smaller
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
Help
More than 10% larger screen
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
23 mm vs 24 mm
Help
Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
470 g vs 600 g
Help
More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.3" vs 4.3"
Help
More than 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$249.95 vs $404.95
Help
The best price we've seen is $155 cheaper (around 40% less)
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recommendations

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
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX40:0 cm
              L820:1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX40:4.3"
              L820:3.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40:600 g
              L820:470 g
              Size Large Help
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              L820:111x76x85 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX40:35x
              L820:29.3x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $246

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $229

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $268

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $299 - $397

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $383

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $468 - $500

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168 - $184

              Zoom More zoom
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $220 - $770

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $167

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $195

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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