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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 Slightly 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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger 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 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 $328.00 vs $507.95
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The best price we've seen is $180 cheaper (around 40% 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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS:0 cm
              P500:1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS:4.3"
              P500:4.1"
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS:601 g
              P500:481 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
              P500:116x84x103 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
              SX30 IS:35x
              P500:36x

              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
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405 - $434

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $227

              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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $399

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Captures 3D images
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $265 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              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

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Size Much smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $339 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $339

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

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