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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Nikon Coolpix L120

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
320 ms shutter lag
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (110×77×78 mm)
Thickness
Thin
3.1"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L120.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the SX30 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 21x
Help
Around 3x more zoom
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
Help
Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
Help
Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
Help
Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Size
Significantly smaller
110×77×78 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
Help
Around 50% smaller
Weight
Lighter
406 g vs 601 g
Help
More than 30% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
Help
Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 4.3"
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Around 30% thinner
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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS0.0 cm
              L1201.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS4.3"
              L1203.1"
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX30 ISNone
              L1206,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX30 IS1.1 fps
              L1200.7 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              SX30 IS720p @ 30fps
              L120720p

              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
              SX30 IS35x
              L12021x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $439

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297 - $327

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $467

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $513

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $169

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $174

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $165

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $170

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Super zoom

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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