Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Canon Powershot SX40

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Size Smaller 128x88x87 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Thinner 3.4" vs 4.3"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Zoom More zoom 35x vs 20x
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More than 3x more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen size Larger screen 2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 320 ms vs 540 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the SX30 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Lowest price Cheaper $445.00 vs $574.00
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The best price we've seen is $129 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX20 IS:$574.00
              SX30 IS:$445.00
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX20 IS:600 g
              SX30 IS:601 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX20 IS:3.4"
              SX30 IS:4.3"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX20 IS:0.7 fps
              SX30 IS:1.1 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Size Large Help
              SX20 IS:128x88x87 mm
              SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX20 IS:540 ms
              SX30 IS:320 ms
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              SX20 IS:2.5"
              SX30 IS:2.7"
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX20 IS:20x
              SX30 IS:35x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $184

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $649

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $559

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung HZ50W

              Samsung HZ50W

              Super zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $325

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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