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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
 

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
 
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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
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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
        P100:1 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"
        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 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
        P100:26.1x

        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 slightly narrower aperture
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $323 - $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

        $583

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $419 body only

        $399 - $529 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $439

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

        Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

        Super zoom

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        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

        $199 - $250

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

        Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Nikon Coolpix P90

        Super zoom

        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $160

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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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.