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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
190 ms shutter lag
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 26.1x
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More than 80% more zoom
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the SX30 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P100

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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
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 9x faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
114x83x99 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
481 g vs 601 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.9" vs 4.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$353.16 vs $507.95
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The best price we've seen is $155 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS:0 cm
              P100:1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS:4.3"
              P100:3.9"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS:601 g
              P100:481 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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
              P100:114x83x99 mm

              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX30 IS:230k dots
              P100:460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS:35x
              P100:26.1x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              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

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              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 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $350 - $400

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $549

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

              Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Pentax X-5

              Pentax X-5

              Super zoom

              $220

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:36 PM, April 08, 2011)
              If you want light and simple, you might consider the Panasonic ZS7, it packs 12x zoom into a small camera, and has great image quality and ease of use.

              The super zoom cameras like the Canon SX30 and P100 are the biggest/heaviest cameras you can get (outside of DSLRs), and tend to be more advanced cameras too. But, they do have huge zoom.
               
              RSF (11:34 AM, April 08, 2011)
              Hi,

              I'm trying to decide between Canon SX30 and Coolpix P100. I'm looking for ease of use (read idiot-friendly), easy to carry around. It got be light cause I don't like the dragging a ton of weight around my neck....and of course value for money.
               
              Juanmanuelpulido (3:22 PM, April 03, 2011)
              I have a P100. Is the best camera. Perhaps i miss the external flash. You can solve it!
               
              Rick (6:17 AM, March 17, 2011)
              I tried both cameras and settled on the Cannon. There were so many things i liked about the Nikon but I felt the Cannon had better picture quality and the sound was sooo much better when using the video option.
               
              Rameshhrao (7:22 AM, December 28, 2010)
              But type of Battery and Battery backup time comparison is missing! Snapshot should immediately give comaparison and update the above comparison table.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:38 PM, October 12, 2010)
              Fixed, thanks!
               
              Avatar for Mark Feeney Mark Feeney (9:37 PM, October 12, 2010)
              The bad price has been corrected. Thanks for letting us know.
               
              Peter (6:49 AM, October 09, 2010)
              The low price for the Canon, at megastore is fake. When you visit the shop it is not the same camera.