Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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Advantages of the Canon SX10 IS

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Startup delay Much less startup delay 500 ms vs 2400 ms
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4.8x less delay when turning on
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 273 ms vs 604 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 13x larger sensor
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 660 shots vs 340 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 560 g vs 600 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        SX10 IS:Digital
        D5100:Pentamirror
        Weight Heavy Help
        SX10 IS:600 g
        D5100:560 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        SX10 IS:3.4"
        D5100:3.1"
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Size Large Help
        SX10 IS:128x88x87 mm
        D5100:127x96x78 mm
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $656 body only

        $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Canon Rebel SL1

        Canon Rebel SL1

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $500 body only

        $599 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Color depth Has slightly less color depth

        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

        Super zoom

        $550

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $249

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

        Super zoom

        $676

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Larger screen
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot S5 IS

        Canon PowerShot S5 IS

        Super zoom

        $589

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Zoom Less zoom

        Nikon D5100 Competitors

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        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $647 body only

        $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 - $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        GPS Has a GPS
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Lowest price More expensive
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $575 - $629 body only

        $830 - $966 with 18-105mm lens

        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

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