Updated (August 2009): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS vs Nikon D3000

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS vs Nikon D3000

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

47

Nikon D3000

31

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
700 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
262 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate

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 D3000.

competitors

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$1,196 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$399 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Super zoom

$372

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Aperture Narrower aperture

Nikon D3000 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$337 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Size Larger
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$394 body only

$500 - $510 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Larger
Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$739 - $798 body only

$998 with 28-70mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
Startup delay Much more startup delay

discussion

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
PowerShot SX20 IS
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