Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Nikon Coolpix L820

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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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 @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the SX40'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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 350 ms vs 580 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
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
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 25.4x
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Around 90% more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10.3 fps vs 1.2 fps
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More than 8.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 380 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX40's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
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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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size Significantly smaller 111x76x83 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle Better wide angle 23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 430 g vs 600 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3.3" vs 4.3"
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More than 20% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $115.00 vs $289.00
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The best price we've seen is $174 cheaper (2.5x 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 Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX40:0 cm
              L810:1 cm
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX40:4.3"
              L810:3.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40:600 g
              L810:430 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40:350 ms
              L810:580 ms
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              L810:111x76x83 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX40:35x
              L810:25.4x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160 - $279

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $230

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $249

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $227 - $255

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $323 - $347

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $191 - $275

              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $425

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $207

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $154 - $300

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 - $3,297 body only

              $4,097 - $4,697 with 70-200mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $188 - $238

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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