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

Nikon Coolpix P510

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

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Canon Powershot SX40

57

Canon Powershot SX40

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
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10.3 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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
Battery life
Significantly 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
$404.95 vs $499.99
Help
The best price we've seen is $95 cheaper (around 20% 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
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
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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
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX40:4.3"
              P510:4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40:600 g
              P510:555 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX40:$404.95
              P510:$499.99
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40:350 ms
              P510:380 ms
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              P510:120x83x102 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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              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

              $383

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

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

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $249

              Size Smaller
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $339

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger

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              discussion

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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