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

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Nikon Coolpix P100

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
190 ms shutter lag

Items often bought with the Canon SX30 IS or Nikon P100

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 26.1x
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More than 80% more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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Almost the same
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
0.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$443.89 vs $485.00
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The best price we've seen is $41 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon P100

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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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 9x faster continuous shooting
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
114×83×99 mm vs 123×92×108 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 2 f-stops 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
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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 IS0.0 cm
              P1001.0 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 IS4.3"
              P1003.9"
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS601 g
              P100481 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX30 IS1,600 ISO
              P1003,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS123×92×108 mm
              P100114×83×99 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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX30 IS230k dots
              P100460k dots
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX30 IS720p @ 30fps
              P1001080p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS35x
              P10026.1x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $400

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much 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 SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p

              Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Much larger
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

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

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              Showing 8 comments

              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.