Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P100 vs Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P100

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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

Large screen
Screen size
3"
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. 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
0.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3.4" vs 3.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
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 P100

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
26.1x vs 20x
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More than 70% more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX20 IS0.0 cm
              P1001.0 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX20 IS3.4"
              P1003.9"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX20 IS600 g
              P100481 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX20 IS1,600 ISO
              P1003,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              SX20 IS128×88×87 mm
              P100114×83×99 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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX20 IS230k dots
              P100460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX20 IS20x
              P10026.1x
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              SX20 IS28 mm
              P10026 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $297

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $467

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $1,015

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $399

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Super zoom

              $649

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $166

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $275

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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              discussion

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              Kanian (6:55 AM, October 14, 2011)
              אני רק קונה קנון.נקודהההה
               
              Anandkumar Rsvm (1:53 PM, January 03, 2011)
              If u r looking for the best camera then go through nikon coolpix p100.