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

Nikon Coolpix P510

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

63

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Canon Powershot SX40

55

Canon Powershot SX40

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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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
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/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 380 shots vs 200 shots
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90% more shots per battery charge
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
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Almost the same
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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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
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 350 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger 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
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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
Zoom More zoom 41.7x vs 35x
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More than 40% more zoom
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $298.50 vs $323.95
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The best price we've seen is $25 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              SX40:35x
              P510:41.7x
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX40:1080p @ 24fps
              P510:1080p @ 30fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX40:4.3"
              P510:4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40:600 g
              P510:555 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40:350 ms
              P510:380 ms
              Size Large Help
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              P510:120x83x102 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $323 - $377

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $229 - $230

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $409 - $598

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $469

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $445

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

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $447

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $397

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fujifilm FinePix S8300

              Fujifilm FinePix S8300

              Super zoom

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              Showing 5 comments

              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