Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500 vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Nikon Coolpix P500


Canon PowerShot SX30 IS



Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Wide aperture
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
External flash
External flash
Better lighting


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 P500.


Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840

Super zoom


Aperture Wider aperture
Battery life Much longer battery life
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix P610

Nikon Coolpix P610

Super zoom

$305 - $397

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900

Super zoom

$597 - $600

Zoom Much more zoom
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$265 - $330

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40

Super zoom


High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Super zoom

$389 - $449

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Zoom Much more zoom
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture


Nikon Coolpix P500
Coolpix P500

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
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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)
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?