Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS vs Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L120 vs Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L120

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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

29

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
6,400 ISO
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

Items often bought with the Nikon L120 or Canon SX130 IS

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX130 IS

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
113×73×46 mm vs 110×77×78 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.8" vs 3.1"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight
Lighter
308 g vs 406 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$205.00 vs $415.79
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The best price we've seen is $211 cheaper (2x less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2500s vs 1/2000s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the L120's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
21x vs 12x
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More than 3x more zoom
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX130 IS1 fps
              L1200.7 fps
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX130 ISNone
              L1206,400 ISO
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SX130 IS720p @ 30fps
              L120720p

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $145 - $149

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $303 - $350

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $170

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $110

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $195

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $215

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

              Super zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier

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              Thesigncity1 (1:09 PM, February 29, 2012)
              canon sx130 very good semi professional good captur!!!!!!!!
               
              Raje Dh (9:16 AM, November 29, 2011)
              i had brought L120, but it gives very blur photos. also I am not a professional so find it hard to use so had to return.  But had canon sx130 since last 8 months. very happy about its photo clarity. so i would vote for canon.
              L120 is not good during night time or with dark ness as it needs enough sun light
               
              Cibinjacksonsymeanthy (2:52 PM, July 18, 2011)
              i am so confused which is the best camera Nikon l120 or canon sx130