Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9100 vs Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9100

55

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
25 mm
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x31 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Weight
Light-weight
220 g

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX210 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the SX210 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
105x59x31 mm vs 105x62x35 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 1s
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15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
9.5 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 13.5x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Zoom
More zoom
18x vs 14x
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Around 70% more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S9100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
Lowest price
Cheaper
$258.05 vs $406.89
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The best price we've seen is $149 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
214 g vs 220 g
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX210 IS1.3"
              S91001.4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX210 IS220 g
              S9100214 g
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX210 IS1,600 ISO
              S91003,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              SX210 IS105x59x31 mm
              S9100105x62x35 mm

              Compared to recent travel 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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $286

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a significantly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $170 - $180

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Travel zoom

              $380

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $230

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Travel zoom

              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $329

              GPS Has a GPS
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $273

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

              Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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