Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L810

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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L810.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
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)
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
340 shots vs 300 shots
Help
More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
Help
Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1500s
Help
2.1x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L810

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
Help
More than 20% larger screen
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
23 mm vs 28 mm
Help
Around 20% better wide angle
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
111x76x83 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
Help
Around 30% smaller
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
25.4x vs 20x
Help
More than 60% more zoom
Weight
Lighter
430 g vs 600 g
Help
Around 30% lighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
1.2 fps vs 0.7 fps
Help
More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.3" vs 3.4"
Help
Almost the same
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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 IS0 cm
              L8101 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX20 IS540 ms
              L810580 ms
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX20 IS3.4"
              L8103.3"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX20 IS600 g
              L810430 g
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX20 IS0.7 fps
              L8101.2 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Size Large Help
              SX20 IS128x88x87 mm
              L810111x76x83 mm

              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 IS20x
              L81025.4x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159 - $207

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $505

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $169

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $247

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $419 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $629

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $150

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $141

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $390

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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