Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700

Nikon Coolpix P7100 vs Canon Powershot SX40

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P7100

43

Canon Powershot SX40

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7100

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Mid size 114x77x45 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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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
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
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10.3 fps vs 1.3 fps
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Around 8x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 2 cm
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Almost the same
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 350 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$347.87 vs $395.00
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The best price we've seen is $47 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon P7100

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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
Size
Significantly smaller
114x77x45 mm vs 123x92x108 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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.8" vs 4.3"
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2.4x thinner
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
281 ms vs 350 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Weight
Lighter
395 g vs 600 g
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More than 30% lighter
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Significantly 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
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40:380 shots
              P7100:350 shots
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SX40:Digital
              P7100:Tunnel
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX40:1/3200s
              P7100:1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40:600 g
              P7100:395 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40:350 ms
              P7100:281 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              3D Captures 3D images
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $233 body only

              $379 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $300 - $349

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $342 - $429

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

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $449 - $533

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              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 SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $209

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $454

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

              Nikon Coolpix P7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $350

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $995

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $499 - $547

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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