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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
320 ms shutter lag
 

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
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

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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Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 20x
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More than 3x more zoom
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)
Lowest price Cheaper $507.95 vs $599.99
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The best price we've seen is $92 cheaper (around 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
              0 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX20 IS:$599.99
              SX30 IS:$507.95
              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
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405 - $433

              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 PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $650

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $499 - $550

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 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
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              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 PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $387

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              External flash No external flash support
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $341

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $321

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

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

              appearance

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