Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P500

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
340 shots
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Aperture 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)
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 340 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
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
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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 Slightly 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 Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle 23 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Weight Lighter 481 g vs 600 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $336.99 vs $549.99
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The best price we've seen is $213 cheaper (around 40% 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
              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
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX20 IS:3.4"
              P500:4.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX20 IS:600 g
              P500:481 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX20 IS:128x88x87 mm
              P500:116x84x103 mm

              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
              P500:36x

              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
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $304 - $347

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $230

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $425

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

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160 - $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
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $289 - $390

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329 - $354

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $490

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              External flash No external flash support
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $249

              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

              $427 - $447

              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $227 - $255

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $290

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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