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

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

differences

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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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
500 ms vs 2400 ms
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4.8x less delay when turning on
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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution
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
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
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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$349.00 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $351 cheaper (2x less)
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX10 IS:0.7 fps
              D5100:4 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $280 body only

              $389 - $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Dynamic range Has much narrower dynamic range
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,041 body only

              $1,099 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

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

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              $288

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $453

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $443 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $547 body only

              $480 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 body only

              $460 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $615 body only

              $600 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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