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Nikon Coolpix P100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
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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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 3.9"
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More than 10% thinner
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 Significantly 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
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
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 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 481 g vs 600 g
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Around 20% lighter
Size Slightly smaller 114x83x99 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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Almost the same
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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
        P100:1 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"
        P100:3.9"
        Weight Heavy Help
        SX20 IS:600 g
        P100:481 g
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        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
        P100:114x83x99 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
        P100:26.1x
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        SX20 IS:28 mm
        P100:26 mm

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $390

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $567 body only

        $433 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $419 body only

        $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Super zoom

        $616

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $160

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

        Super zoom

        $652

        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $315 - $405

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

        Super zoom

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

        Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $321

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR

        Travel zoom

        $237

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Significantly smaller
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $439

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Super zoom

        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 - $480 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

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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.