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

Nikon D3100 vs Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Winner
Nikon D3100

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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
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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
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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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
279 ms vs 604 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
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
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
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 340 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
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
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
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.4"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 600 g
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Around 20% lighter
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$231.23 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $469 cheaper (3x less)
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SX10 ISDigital
              D3100Pentamirror
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX10 IS3.4"
              D31002.9"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX10 IS600 g
              D3100505 g
              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 IS0.7 fps
              D31003 fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              SX10 IS128x88x87 mm
              D3100124x96x73 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 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 EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $480 - $549

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $310

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              $345

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

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $419 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
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $696 body only

              $891 with 55-300mm 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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