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

Nikon Coolpix P100

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Nikon Coolpix P100

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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
190 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$353.16 vs $399.99
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The best price we've seen is $47 cheaper (more than 10% 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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX20 IS:20x
              P100:26.1x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX20 IS:230k dots
              P100:460k dots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              SX20 IS:28 mm
              P100:26 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Super zoom

              $809

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $500

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $549

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger

              Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $350 - $400

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $220

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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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.