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

Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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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 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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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
Much 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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
279 ms vs 604 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$272.29 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $228 cheaper (around 50% less)
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
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SX10 IS:Digital
              D3100:Pentamirror
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $380 - $389 body only

              $399 - $520 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

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $239

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Super zoom

              $850

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $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

              $929 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm 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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