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

Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P500

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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

45

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
23 mm
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

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

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
Significantly longer battery life
340 shots vs 220 shots
Help
More than 50% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
Help
Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3.4" vs 4.1"
Help
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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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
23 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
Help
More than 20% larger screen
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
Zoom
More zoom
36x vs 20x
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More than 3x more zoom
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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/5000s vs 1/3200s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX20 IS0 cm
              P5001 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX20 IS1/3200s
              P5001/5000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX20 IS3.4"
              P5004.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX20 IS600 g
              P500481 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX20 IS128x88x87 mm
              P500116x84x103 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX20 IS1,600 ISO
              P5003,200 ISO

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX20 IS20x
              P50036x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $344 - $399

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $276 - $364

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much 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

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $480 - $549

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $279 - $345

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $316

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $299

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $379

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $240 - $327

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies

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