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

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
320 ms shutter lag
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
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
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)
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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
        0 cm
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        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"
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        SX20 IS:540 ms
        SX30 IS:320 ms
        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
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        SX20 IS:2.5"
        SX30 IS:2.7"
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 30fps

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

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

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $323 - $405

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

        Super zoom

        $649

        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $419 body only

        $399 - $529 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly 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 SX1 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

        Super zoom

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $160

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Travel zoom

        $149 - $180

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Size Significantly smaller
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $439

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        External flash No external flash support
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $583

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Super zoom

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Zoom Less zoom
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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