Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon Coolpix P100

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Nikon Coolpix P100

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
190 ms shutter lag
 
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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
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 26.1x
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More than 80% more zoom
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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)
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P100

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Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size Smaller 114x83x99 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 481 g vs 600 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.9" 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 Common Weaknesses
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
        240 fps
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        SX40:0 cm
        P100:1 cm
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        SX40:4.3"
        P100:3.9"
        Weight Heavy Help
        SX40:600 g
        P100:481 g
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Size Large Help
        SX40:123x92x108 mm
        P100:114x83x99 mm

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        SX40:35x
        P100:26.1x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $390

        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $419 body only

        $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $197 - $227

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $304

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 - $480 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

        Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Super zoom

        $235 - $274

        Size Significantly smaller
        Screen size Larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Supports 24p No 24p support

        Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR

        Travel zoom

        $237

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Significantly smaller
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Super zoom

        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $347

        Zoom More zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Aperture Narrower aperture

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