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Nikon Coolpix P100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

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 Cheaper $353.16 vs $599.99
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The best price we've seen is $247 cheaper (more than 40% 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 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
              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 SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              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

              $319 - $831 body only

              $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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $545 - $669 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
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 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
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

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

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $650

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

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $536 - $550

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 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
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              Startup delay Much 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

              $321

              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

              $339 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $371

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $399

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

              appearance

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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.