Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS vs Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P510

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX10 IS

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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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 340 shots vs 200 shots
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70% more shots per battery charge
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the SX10 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 2 cm
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Almost the same
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Thickness Thinner 3.4" vs 4"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P510

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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 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Zoom More zoom 41.7x vs 20x
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Around 4.5x more zoom
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% 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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 0.7 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P510's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Cheaper $399.00 vs $649.99
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The best price we've seen is $251 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight Slightly lighter 555 g vs 600 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX10 IS:600 g
              P510:555 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX10 IS:3.4"
              P510:4"
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX10 IS:604 ms
              P510:380 ms
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              SX10 IS:128x88x87 mm
              P510:120x83x102 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405 - $433

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $401 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $485 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              $600

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $549 - $550

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Super zoom

              $850

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $339

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $339 - $397

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $250 - $347

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $171 - $270

              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS

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