Updated (January 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Nikon Coolpix L830

Canon PowerShot G11 vs Nikon Coolpix L820

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G11

Really small
Size
Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great battery life
Battery life
1000 shots
Thin
Thickness
1.9"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
23 mm
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G11.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon G11

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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
Size
Smaller
112×76×48 mm vs 111×76×85 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the G11's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Thickness
Thinner
1.9" vs 3.3"
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More than 40% thinner
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Weight
Lighter
375 g vs 470 g
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More than 20% lighter
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L820

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
23 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Zoom
More zoom
29.3x vs 5x
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Around 34.5x more zoom
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 7.5x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$249.95 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Canon PowerShot G11 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $985

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $778

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Kodak EasyShare C613

              Kodak EasyShare C613

              Compact

              $189

              Size Smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $209 - $227

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $198

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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