Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L120 vs Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L120

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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

45

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Light-weight
Weight
406 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.1
Help
At its widest zoom, the SX20 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
Help
Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Slightly 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
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Size
Smaller
110x77x78 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
406 g vs 600 g
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More than 30% lighter
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$440.29 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $260 cheaper (around 40% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.4"
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More than 10% thinner
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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX20 IS:0 cm
              L120:1 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX20 IS:$699.99
              L120:$440.29
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX20 IS:3.4"
              L120:3.1"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX20 IS:None
              L120:6,400 ISO
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX20 IS:600 g
              L120:406 g
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              0.7 fps
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SX20 IS:720p @ 30fps
              L120:720p

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX20 IS:20x
              L120:21x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $335 - $429

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $536 body only

              $579 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $454

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Super zoom

              $850

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $168

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $348

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $310

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $154

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Super zoom

              $315

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix S3300

              Fujifilm FinePix S3300

              Super zoom

              $214

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Size Larger

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