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

Canon Powershot SX40 vs Nikon Coolpix P100

Winner
Canon Powershot SX40

54

Nikon Coolpix P100

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10.3 fps
Great battery life
Battery life
380 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
190 ms shutter lag
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 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
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
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 26.1x
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More than 80% more zoom
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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Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$313.84 vs $342.14
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The best price we've seen is $28 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX40f/2.7
              P100f/2.8
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX401080p @ 24fps
              P1001080p @ 30fps
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX400 cm
              P1001 cm
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              SX4010.3 fps
              P10010 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX404.3"
              P1003.9"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40600 g
              P100481 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX40123x92x108 mm
              P100114x83x99 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX40230k dots
              P100460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX4035x
              P10026.1x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $379

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $275 - $362

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $480 - $549

              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

              $314

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

              Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $279 - $345

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $310

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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