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Advantages of the Canon SD870 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the SD870 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
93×59×26 mm vs 111×76×85 mm
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5x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1" vs 3.3"
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3.3x thinner
Weight
Lighter
205 g vs 470 g
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2.3x lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1500s
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Around 10% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon L820

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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
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
23 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 1.3 fps
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More than 6x faster continuous shooting
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
29.3x vs 3.8x
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More than 61x more zoom
True resolution
Higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The L820's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              SD870 IS1/1600s
              L8201/1500s
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SD870 IS1,600 ISO
              L8203,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SD870 IS1.3 fps
              L8208 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              SD870 IS1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
              L8201/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SD870 IS8 MP
              L8209.7 MP

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