Nikon Coolpix P7100 vs Canon Powershot SX40

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Nikon Coolpix P7100

40

Canon Powershot SX40

34

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7100

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Mid size (114×77×45 mm)
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

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

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 7.1x
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More than 24x more zoom
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10.3 fps vs 1.3 fps
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Around 8x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Almost the same
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 350 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Nikon P7100

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
114×77×45 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
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3.1x smaller
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" 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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
281 ms vs 350 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.8" vs 4.3"
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2.4x thinner
Weight
Lighter
395 g vs 600 g
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More than 30% lighter
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40380 shots
              P7100350 shots
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SX40Digital
              P7100Tunnel
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX401/3200s
              P71001/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40350 ms
              P7100281 ms

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              3D Captures 3D images
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $335 - $379

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $820

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $230

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

              Nikon Coolpix P7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $375

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $485

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

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