Updated (January 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot G11 vs Nikon Coolpix L830

Canon PowerShot G11 vs Nikon Coolpix L820

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Canon PowerShot G11

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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

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

Items often bought with the Canon G11 or Nikon L820

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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
Help
At its widest zoom, the G11's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
Thickness
Thinner
1.9" vs 3.3"
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More than 40% thinner
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
Help
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
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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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Wide angle
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution 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
Zoom
More zoom
29.3x vs 5x
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Around 34.5x more zoom
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 7.5x faster continuous shooting
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$209.99 vs $289.00
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The best price we've seen is $79 cheaper (around 30% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot G11 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Zoom More zoom
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies

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