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

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

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
Lowest price Cheaper $398.00 vs $599.99
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The best price we've seen is $202 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX20 IS:$599.99
              P100:$398.00
              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
              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

              $399 - $400

              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

              $420

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $168

              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
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $315

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $449 - $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 PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

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

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $324

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

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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.