Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 

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
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
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
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 400 ms vs 2400 ms
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6x 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 279 ms vs 604 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 12.5x larger sensor
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 340 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size Slightly smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 600 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.4"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        SX10 IS:Digital
        D3100:Pentamirror
        Weight Heavy Help
        SX10 IS:600 g
        D3100:505 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        SX10 IS:3.4"
        D3100:2.9"
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        SX10 IS:0.7 fps
        D3100:3 fps
        Size Large Help
        SX10 IS:128x88x87 mm
        D3100:124x96x73 mm
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $225 - $389 body only

        $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay

        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

        $600

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $420

        Zoom More zoom
        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $315 - $405

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $363 - $518

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Lowest price More expensive
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

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