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Nikon Coolpix P500

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the SX30 IS's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
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
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 2s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P500

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
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 significantly faster 10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 9x faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 116x84x103 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P500's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 481 g vs 601 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $325.00 vs $445.00
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The best price we've seen is $120 cheaper (around 30% less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 4.1" vs 4.3"
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              SX30 IS:35x
              P500:36x
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS:0 cm
              P500:1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS:4.3"
              P500:4.1"
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX30 IS:$445.00
              P500:$325.00
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS:601 g
              P500:481 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
              P500:116x84x103 mm
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX30 IS:1,600 ISO
              P500:3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $319 - $390

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $323 - $376

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $299

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Size Is slightly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung HZ50W

              Samsung HZ50W

              Super zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon Coolpix P500.

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              Showing 25 comments

              Nillohit Mukherjee (11:10 AM, October 07, 2011)
              dear Alejandro22682
              go for some DSLR, not the digitial cams.  only DSLRs can meet your requirement.
               
              ahmed (6:05 PM, October 06, 2011)
              Anyone have tried new Firmware update for P500. It resolved quite a few problems https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/49736
               
              PGAcer11 (3:42 AM, October 06, 2011)
              Did U return the P500 and if so which DSLR did U get?
               
              Avatar for edwil658 edwil658 (8:33 AM, October 01, 2011)
              Advantage to Canon Sx30is for me because of the LCD screen 360 degree angles to flip the srceen completely around to see yourself in video's or photo's with timer. Color swap is my favorite & continuous shooting flashes with each shot, Nikon's continuous shooting is much faster but the flash doesn't work with continuous shooting. Ability to save your favorite settings & get to them in 1 touch. Ability to add a light on the hotshoe for dark video's.  Nikon p500 does none of these things which made it easy for me not to mention all the other stuff everyone else has already said & Batterie's don't even compare.
               
              Edwil658 (8:05 AM, October 01, 2011)
              Canon's hotshoe allows you to attach flash with constant light for dark night video's
               
              Edwil658 (8:00 AM, October 01, 2011)
              That 1.1 fps does work with the flash, Nikon doesn't. good for night party shots
               
              Alejandro22682 (11:31 AM, September 26, 2011)
              Hello Snapshot !! I wanted to know which camera (Nikon P500 or Canon SX30 Is) is better suited for taking pictures of faces very closely because I am a professional makeup artist and need very close and real photos. Thanks for your reply.
               
              Tonzer (3:59 PM, September 16, 2011)
              hi guys :)
              its really hard to choose one of these cameras .. both are really good
              i have not tried these cams yet .. but i will buy one of them soon
              i think sx30 will shoot high quality pictures with CCD sensor

              could you please help me in this .. i care about one thing .. picture quality
              what cam shoot better quality ?

              thank you :)
              have a nice day
               
              Ravichavan1 (6:44 PM, September 06, 2011)
              Nikon p500 is best
               
              Dino (7:58 PM, August 31, 2011)
              I will be getting one of them nikon P500 or Cannon SX30IS, but after googling a lot find Cannon SX30IS is the winner due to some battery life, but on pen and paper Nikon's CMOS sensor should do better than Cannon's CCD Sensor. Any views in this regard??? else inclined to get Cannon. Please comment
               
              Merilin (5:10 PM, August 22, 2011)
              1.1 fps for SX20 and SX30 is a crap. If Canon solve this on the next SX40IS the camera will be a Oscar!
               
              Jwbaez (4:27 PM, August 15, 2011)
              Forget about specs, both have great specs but doesn't mean good results, I've have the chance to try both and definitive SX30IS is much better than P500, on P500 the pictures blur very easily and record video only with low zoom because at high zoom if you not using tripod is a crap. SX30IS is not perfect but produce wonderful picture results most of time and 720p HD video is enough for 47' Tv, you can't see difference with 1080p at that size. The battery life in Canon is far superior I can take more than 900 shots and with Nikon only around 300.
               
              Robin (6:58 PM, July 07, 2011)
              My husband and I went back and forth over these two models. We ultimately chose the Canon SX30IS and have not regretted it at all! We took some test shots while driving down the road: the stability is AMAZING and the zoom feature is outstanding. I like to use the view finder and Colin uses the screen...both work great. The color replacement feature is fun to use. We bought the camera for our upcoming trip to Europe but it's great to have for daily use, too!
              We HIGHLY recommend the Canon for two main reasons: Stability (even while moving and in windy conditions) and Zoom (Colin took an amazing shot across a soccer pitch of a friend of ours-so clear!). You will not be disappointed with this camera!
               
              Anne (10:04 AM, June 26, 2011)
              Hello! I want to buy either a P500, a SX30 or a Fuji HS-20/22. Which should I buy once I care a lot more about photography than video and I really want good quality images, good stabilization and great color?
               
              Luoka46 (9:01 AM, June 18, 2011)
              this one may work..http://www.internetbestsecrets.com/2011/06/how-to-fix-nikon-p500-battery-problem.html
               
              Luoka46 (1:40 AM, June 17, 2011)
              huh...ur liar p500 is nice..ur only newbie..u dont know how to use p500...
               
              Do (8:35 PM, June 09, 2011)
              So from this message I can conclude that Canon has a much longer battery life than Nikon? I'm going to buy a camera to take pictures at a backpacking holiday so I can't use a camera that needs recharching every 100 pictures. I'm also considering to buy an extra battery but if it lasts for 1900 pictures I'm good with just one....
               
              3girlymom (1:42 PM, June 08, 2011)
              I am torn.  I bought a Nikon P500 from Costco and returned it after 5 days.  Pics were great.  Video blurry when zooming.  Battery life wasn't long.  My P500 wouldn't stop blinking for the battery charge.  After about 85 pics it needed recharging. I called Nikon about the light not going off for the battery charge.  They told me when the battery needed recharging to watch it. It would only need 2 - 2 1/2 hours to charge.  After 3 hours the camera was still flashing that it was charging.  They told me to buy a new battery and charger, or return it, or send it to them.  I returned it.  Pics I took were great.  Not sure if I buy this again or go for a Canon XS30IS. My MIL has the Canon.  Side by side the Nikon zoom was better, so were some pictures we took of the same objects.  I do like how the Canon image orientation will change on the screen pending how you are holding it.
               
              Sherif_soaida (10:43 AM, May 18, 2011)
               i got the p500......and used it for a month now. during video u can get excellent snaps at 2 megapixles.......this is even better than canon sx30is as snaps r taken smoothly without affecting the video or producing any sound, but with the canon snaps creates a pause in the movie u r taking and gives a snap sound. as regards the zooming during video recording.......there is good focusing......may b delayed for milliseconds, but good and dont bother u on play back. go and recheck
               
              Adig (6:41 PM, May 06, 2011)
              Hello, I really don't which one to chose...actually i'm not that into making movies but pictures, all kind, outdoor, portraits, details, dark, light...i'm reading all kind of things and what i see is quite 50/50 opinions...help me please ;)
               
              Leonardo nobile (2:23 PM, May 06, 2011)
              HI MAGPRESS! HAVE YOU PROVED THE CANON SX30 YET?
               
              EnriGor (2:48 PM, May 01, 2011)
              I had the oportunity to try both cameras on the store and "play" with them for arround one hour. I had in my mind that the Nikon was much better but anyway I tried the Canon and if you have enough time to go trough all the menus and test the photos at full zoon you will see the Canon is way better. Some facts I saw on the store but haven't found online: 1. Cannon has two procesors, it makes you can take pictures while recording a video (Nikon don't). 2. Nikon at full zoom starts to "move" the picture, and you feel there is a motor moving all time within the camera, while Canon has a very good stability on full zoom. 3. if you are recording a video with the Nikon and zoom in, there is no focus correction, so the video is completely blur while in the Canon the focalization is the same as with the pictures.
              There are many more reasons. Try yourself, find a store with both cameras and test them at the same time. Good luck.
               
              Thakurdalipsingh (0:44 PM, April 29, 2011)
              no other camera has raw and manual zoom except Fuji HS11/22.
              Nikon is slightly better with 1 mm wider angle but slow max apertuyre 3.5 agains puts it back.
               
              fernando rodriguez (5:51 AM, April 25, 2011)
              you should consider the battery life and the flash hot shoe
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:30 PM, April 21, 2011)
              I do not think you will be disappointed with any of these cameras. What types of photos will you be taking with this camera and is video important to you?