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Nikon Coolpix P500

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

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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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the SX20 IS's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Battery life Longer battery life 340 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 3.4" vs 4.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 2s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P500

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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 Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Zoom More zoom 36x vs 20x
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More than 3x more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle 23 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P500's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Much cheaper $325.00 vs $689.99
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The best price we've seen is $365 cheaper (2.1x less)
Weight Lighter 481 g vs 600 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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
              SX20 IS:0 cm
              P500:1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX20 IS:$689.99
              P500:$325.00
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX20 IS:3.4"
              P500:4.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX20 IS:600 g
              P500:481 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX20 IS:128x88x87 mm
              P500:116x84x103 mm
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX20 IS:1,600 ISO
              P500:3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $324 - $430

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $445

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Size Is slightly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $314

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $184

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              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

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $649

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $323 - $377

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $299

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $447

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $420

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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