Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Canon Powershot SX40

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

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Canon Powershot SX40

54

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10.3 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot SX40. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P510.

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
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
Battery life
Much longer battery life
380 shots vs 200 shots
Help
90% more shots per battery charge
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 2 cm
Help
Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10.3 fps vs 7 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$355.54 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $144 cheaper (around 30% less)
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P510

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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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 35x
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More than 40% more zoom
Size
Smaller
120x83x102 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
555 g vs 600 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
4" vs 4.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX401/3200s
              P5101/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX40$355.54
              P510$499.99
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX404.3"
              P5104"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40600 g
              P510555 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40350 ms
              P510380 ms
              Size Large Help
              SX40123x92x108 mm
              P510120x83x102 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $309 - $430

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $345 - $375

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $215 - $297

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $285 - $376

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179 - $207

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $227 body only

              $350 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $314

              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

              $499 - $500

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $467

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              Serj Leon (9:32 PM, March 02, 2014)
              video very good too...
               
              Serj Leon (9:31 PM, March 02, 2014)
              in image quality canon sx40 better
               
              Avatar for Mehmet Toprak Mehmet Toprak (11:54 AM, May 04, 2013)
              yes i have p510 and its shutter speed 8,3 - 1/4000
               
              Dominik (4:13 AM, June 12, 2012)
              Witch would be better in Image quality? 
               
              Whoelsethatsme (8:50 AM, May 22, 2012)
               shutter speed of P510 is 8-1/4000