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

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

69

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS.
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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
Help
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
Help
At its widest zoom, the SX10 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
Help
Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Thickness
Thinner
3.4" vs 4"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$399.00 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $101 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 20x
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Around 4.5x more zoom
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 significantly 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 2 f-stops better
Weight
Slightly lighter
555 g vs 600 g
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Around 10% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

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
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX10 IS1/3200s
              P5101/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX10 IS$399.00
              P510$499.99
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX10 IS600 g
              P510555 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX10 IS604 ms
              P510380 ms
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX10 IS3.4"
              P5104"
              Size Large Help
              SX10 IS128×88×87 mm
              P510120×83×102 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX10 IS1,600 ISO
              P5103,200 ISO

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $329 - $366

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $220 - $327

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $205

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly 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

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

              Travel zoom

              $199

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $790

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $335

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $287 - $368

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $389 - $427

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS

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